When we’re not reading, you can find us munching popcorn as we catch up on our favorite teen TV shows. From first loves to vampires, we’re addicted to the soapy drama that comes along with high school. It’s no different with young adult novels. Here, we’ve rounded up the YA books you should read based on your favorite teen TV shows.
If you love Buffy the Vampire Slayer, pick up A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
Want to see more strong and badass teen girls fighting demons and the forces of darkness? Then you’ll love falling down the rabbit hole with L.L. Mckinney. By day, Alice is an ordinary girl trying to maintain her GPA. By night, she’s training to fight monsters in the dark realm of Wonderland. We think teen girls who like Buffy but wish they could have followed Kendra’s story instead will love this action-packed Alice in Wonderland retelling.
If you love Riverdale, pick up Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
Betty and Jughead always have a mystery to solve every season of Riverdale and Caleb Roehrig’s thrilling YA novel is perfect for Bughead fans. The novel opens with Flynn’s girlfriend January going missing. Flynn is the number one suspect by default, and it doesn’t help that all of their friends are telling different stories about her disappearance. Flynn’s keeping his own secret that fills him with guilt: He likes boys. Like Riverdale, Last Seen Leaving is dark and atmospheric, and once you’re hooked you won’t be able to put it down.
If you love Pretty Little Liars, pick up All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor
Lies, backstabbing, and secrets abound in both All of This is True and Pretty Little Liars. Lygia Day Peñaflor’s novel follows four teens who become friends with their favorite author, Fatima Ro, only to find all of the secrets they’ve divulged to her in the pages of her new novel. Much like the Pretty Little Liars character A, who blackmails the protagonists with scandals and dark secrets, Fatima Ro manipulates the teens to profit off of them. If you loved the mystery and secrets of Pretty Little Liars and were addicted to the toxic relationship the girls had with A, then you need to read All of This is True.
If you love The Originals, pick up The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh
Are you missing vampires as much as we are? Renée Ahdieh’s The Beautiful is sure to fill that void for you. This diverse and lush novel follows dressmaker Celine Rousseau who emigrated from Paris to live and work at a convent in vampire-ruled New Orleans. The novel takes a dark turn after a series of brutal murders make it clear that a serial killer is on the loose. If you’re dying for more characters like Klaus, then The Beautiful is right up your alley.
If you love The Secret Life of the American Teenager, pick up With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Secret Life of the American Teenager was one of the first shows marketed to teens that focused on normalizing teen pregnancy. But Amy came from a well-off suburban family and had a lot of help from many people in her life. Elizabeth Acevedo’s With the Fire on High shows a different side of teen pregnancy. Emoni doesn’t have the same financial support that Amy does and must work hard to help support her child. This story focuses on her drive to make a better life for her daughter and the things she’s had to give up as a young mother. If you liked seeing teen pregnancy on-screen but wanted to see more racial and socioeconomic diversity, then you need to read With the Fire on High.
If you love Bunheads, pick up Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
Bunheads was a fun show about a ballet school that sadly only lasted one season. If you loved the teen drama of girls all vying for the lead, then you’ll love Tiny Pretty Things. Soon to be a show on Netflix, Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton’s debut puts a darker spin on ballet school drama with lies, backstabbing, and secrets as the students compete against each other. Bunheads had an all-white main cast so we especially love how diverse Tiny Pretty Things is.
If you love Glee, pick up Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
Are you missing the hilarious theatrics, epic music, and themes of friendship from Glee? SAME! Riley Redgate’s Noteworthy follows Jordan Sun, who has started her junior year at a performing arts boarding school and is hoping to finally get a spot in the annual musical. But when she’s rejected, she sets out to join the Sharps… the all-male acapella group. Jordan disguises herself to get the spot and her voice is exactly what the group is looking for. The drama of Noteworthy gives us all of the same feelings as Glee, and we wish we had a Sharps soundtrack to listen to while we read.