Should You Read the Last Page First?

November 27, 2018
The Riveted Team
Believe In Your Shelf

This has been a debate since the beginning of time…or at least for a long time. Is it bad to read the last part of a book first? Lots of people would say it is indeed bad because it spoils the ending and ruins the whole point of reading the book. Others might say reading the ending gives us more curiosity to wonder what will happen and make us read faster. See the opinions of each side and choose which side you agree with!

Should You Read the Last Page First?

We’re here for it by Thandi Jackson

Ok, so I don’t read the entire ending, but I would be lying if I told you I don’t take a field trip to the last paragraph when starting a new novel. Here are some cool reasons why I sometimes read the last part first.

  • It’s like playing a game, you get the last piece and you have to figure out where it goes
  • It gets you to finish a book quicker as you can’t wait to know how that last sentence will tie everything together
  • It’s kind of fun to do things differently
  • Adds suspense to reading

Here are some of my fave books I glanced to the back before finishing that didn’t spoil anything:

Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han


Absolutely NOT! NEVER by Nicole Fiorica

No. Nooooo no no. I hold strong to the edict that you can only read a book for the first time once. This is why you CANNOT read the ending first:

  • That’s one chance to read at the edge of your seat, to make crazy guesses about the ending and still be truly surprised, to experience that moment when all the pieces finally come together.
  • It takes away all the tension and forward momentum to clue yourself in to the ending.
  • Books where stories propelle toward a single shocking event will be ruined if you get the details backwards
  •  A mystery thriller with enough twists to make your head spin is half the fun of reading. If you know the ending, you can’t really get all the crazy feels
  • The author put it at the end for a reason. I say, leave the skipping around for future re-reads.


Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman


People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins


This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher


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