A-ca-hell-yeah! There was no doubt that Pitch Perfect 2 would have us singing along in theaters, but now it’s official: Stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson have signed on for the sequel. While we wait with bated breath to find out if the rest of the Barden Bellas will join up, revisit your favorite Pitch Perfect characters and one-liners with these book recommendations for Beca, Fat Amy, Jesse, Cynthia-Rose, and more.
1. Gone Girl
Now that Beca has finally learned that endings are often the best part, she will need a book with a twist. Gone Girl tells the story of a woman who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, leaving her husband as the main suspect. The novel keeps you on edge, never knowing what truly happened, so Beca will have no choice but to read until the—most certainly shocking—end.
In a perfect alternate universe, Fat Amy is not an a cappella girl, but the moderator of our favorite book club where we’d drink wine and eat cheese while she cracks us up with her flawless humor. She’d say things like, “Sometimes I think I should read Jonathan Franzen, and then I think hmmm, better not” before encouraging us to binge-read pop culture faves like The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey. Surely she’d have some great input on how Ana should harness her inner goddess and how to handle Christian Grey’s advances.
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As we all know, it was very difficult for Chloe to bounce back from getting her nodes removed (even after her lower voice helped the Bellas win nationals). But she might want to put her musical trauma in perspective by reading Sheffield’s memoir of how karaoke helped him find love again after his wife’s death. Plus, since Chloe/Beca isn’t a thing beyond our imaginations, we want our favorite ginger to find her true love.
4. The Prince
Aubrey’s a-ca-reign was tumultuous, to say the least. With her sights set on victory and her rules nonnegotiable, she pushed the Bellas to their limits. When planning for her singing future, a thorough read of Machiavelli’s The Prince might be exactly what she needs to understand the dynamics between rulers and their people, and to gain the skills needed to bring her next group together and to victory.
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How could anyone ever forget about Jesse? He loves endings and belting out pop songs, and has an obsession with classic ‘80s films like The Breakfast Club—a timeless story about people being more than what they appear, underscored by an undeniably brilliant soundtrack. This is why we think he’d love Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, where two teenagers who are unsure of their place in the world find common ground in the New York indie rock scene that they both frequent.
Poor Cynthia-Rose: Despite having one of the most powerhouse voices in the group, she’s the butt of more than one joke about her sexuality. She already owns who she is, but picking up Madeleine George’s 2012 YA novel will help her remember that there are people writing thoughtfully about what it means to be gay and bisexual.
Stacie is all sex, all the time. There’s not much that can quiet her libido—she even refers to her lady parts as an “uncontrollable hunter.” Not only is she confident, but she’s dominant. The submissive Ana from Fifty Shades of Grey would likely be a bit boring for her; however, Venus in Furs’ dominatrix Wanda von Dunajew would be right up her alley. Stacie would be all for a loyal pet man named Severin.
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Waking up and finding yourself surrounded by the corpses of your friends would terrify most people… but we think Lilly could handle it. She ate her twin in the womb, sets fires to feel joy, and is super cool and slightly scary. We think she’d relate to Tana, of Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, who has to deal with dead bodies, blood-suckers, and glorious gore without batting an eyelash.
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Even though Benji redeemed his weirdo ways by belting out “Magic” at nationals, we know that under that madeover exterior lurks the nerd he still is. He should learn that it’s OK to let your freak flag fly—he’s part of “organized nerd singing,” for God’s sake.
Benji, accessorize your Star Wars shrine with Lev Grossman’s acclaimed urban fantasy series. If sullen magician-in-training Quentin Coldwater can make it through college, then so can you.
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