Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is books that I’d really like to rewrite. I love this topic because I normally just talk about books I love on my blog but this gives me the chance to talk about novels with great premises that just didn’t land as well as I hoped.
Leah on the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli
Why I’d rewrite this book: I loved Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda so when I found out there was a book based on Leah who was bi, I was really looking forward to it. Unfortunately it read like a poor fanfiction-esque version of the first book, and added nothing to the genre apart from some tired bisexual stereotypes.
I Stop Somewhere – T.E. Carter
Why I’d rewrite this book: This book covered such important topics (domestic violence, rape and murder) for a teenage audience but I didn’t think the writing itself was that great.
Aftercare Instructions – Bonnie Pipkin
Why I’d rewrite this book: This novel, from its description, centres around a teenage girl who gets an abortion and how she copes with that. However, the writing was not good and I found myself bored by the story. This is such an important issue though, that I hope other writers will / have covered.
The Hunger – Alma Katsu
Why I’d rewrite this book: I love the premise of this book and it was well written, but it made me feel a bit uncomfortable it used the names of real people (from the Donner Party) and then put these horrible actions onto them.
Love Lessons – Jacqueline Wilson
Why I’d rewrite this book: I love how Jacqueline Wilson takes sensitive and difficult topics and makes them accessible for teen and pre-teen readers. Everyone had a crush on a teacher at school (it’s a safe, harmless way to experience those feelings) but while I thought the teacher liking the main character back was so cute when I was 12, now it seems abusive. I’d rather Prue had explored getting over her crush and moving onto boys her own age.