Although I’ve always been a bit of a reader, I think I officially became a bookaholic at 13. I was hanging around with a new group of friends at the time, and they were all big readers, so to fit in with the crowd I joined in. My best friend at the time told me she was reading this amazing book, that I just had to check out (it was Fallen by Lauren Kate). Safe to say I read it, loved it and couldn’t wait to report back. Sadly, my friend did not continue the series any further, while I went the whole way to the end (well, most of the way, I only just learned that Unforgiven is a thing).
I was spurred to reread the novel a couple of weeks ago when the movie trailer popped up on my Facebook feed, giving me an overwhelming wave of nostalgia. However, I knew that before I watched the movie, I needed to get reacquainted with the book – and here we are.
This isn’t going to be a review in the typical sense, saying what I liked about it and what I didn’t like about it. Instead, I’m going to tell you how my opinion has changed and how I feel about this book now, 7 years after I initially fell in love.
As an early teen, I was never into Twilight (despite the world around me descending into vampire-based madness. To be truthful, I didn’t even make it to the end of the first book. However, for those of you who did enjoy the Twilight series, picture Fallen as my personal Twilight. I was obsessed! However, as with all obsessions, it’s safe to say that I’ve grown out of the dark-romance phase and genuinely couldn’t tell you the last time I read something from this genre. After rereading Fallen, I can confirm that it’s not a place I’ll be going back to anytime soon, no matter how strong the wave of nostalgia.
This first point might seem a bit trivial, but it’s one of the main things I noticed this time around. I completely forgot that Daniel was a blonde! In fact, I’d forgotten most things about this character – he really had that whole broody-teenager thing going strong!
Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get on board with either of the relationships this time around. The whole ‘we’ve been in love for thousands of years’ thing seemed a little silly to a 20-year-old Abby, despite the familiar cosiness it brought this time around.
On a more positive note, back when I first picked this novel up, I don’t think feminism was anywhere close to my radar. So Lauren Kate’s attempt to create a female protagonist previously went unnoticed. Although she’s no girl-boss and some of her objections to chivalry lean more towards rudeness that power, I appreciated the attempt a lot more.
Overall, with 13-year-old Abby giving this 5/5 and 20-year-old Abby giving a 3/5, the nostalgia means my Goodreads rating will remain at an acceptable 4/5 stars. It was strange reading this again after so long, especially because I had really forgotten about 90% of the plot and character details. I’m definitely excited to do a few more reread soon, to see what other tween favourites live up to my memory.
I really hope you guys liked this slightly different type of book review, I had a lot of fun rereading this and writing this review. Let me know what your favourite books were as a kid/teenager, do you think you’d enjoy them as much if you picked them up now? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!