Welcome to "If you liked then you'll love". The feature where I recommend books to vibe with the shows you've just binged. Up this week is "That 90's Show" and while it won't touch the 70's I do love a bit of 90's nostalgia which is what I'm bringing you today! πŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ The Mall by Megan McCafferty A love letter to the classic teen hangout - the mall, set entirely in the space it's titled is an upbeat homage to the unique millennial experience that was the 90sβ€”an excellent trip down memory lane. https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/40032339 We Were Promised Spotlights by Lindsay Sproul It's not quite the 90s, but truly a Y2K tale of an actual queen bee with a capital B. Taylor is popular, pretty and oh-so neurotic. A fun, queer and character-driven narrative, you'll laugh at despite its heavy moments. https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/50915029 The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed That 90s show features more respectful interactions with less of an emphasis placed on jokes about race, gender and class but in 90s America, race was at the forefront of conversation... In 1992 L.A., Ashley is one of only a few black students at her private high. Sheltered and privileged her world is thrown after a young black man, Rodney King, is beaten nearly to death by police officers. Protests and riots sweep the city and race is the topic on everyone's minds. These events force Ashley to confront herself and question what it really means to be black in America. https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/45800564 Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers As a teen, many of us small-town kids dreamed of living it up in a big city somewhere far away from where we were. In Supergirl Mixtapes, Maria dreams of this too and yearns to be in New York City where her mother lives, and where she was born but moved away from at a young age with her father. It's the story of a teen returning to a place she expected to find a home with her estranged mother, but instead finds herself trying to understand odd family relationships and the fallibility of her parents. Because you can't really go back, after all... https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11984469-supergirl-mixtapes When You Call My Name by Tucker Shaw While That 90's Show has made some excellent updates to its characters, including several who are LGBT, it also doesn't address that in the 90s, the LGBTQIA community was still reeling from the effects of the AIDS epidemic. Set in 1990 New York, this YA captures the year, the city and the tragedy of being gay during the AIDS epidemic very well. But while we examine the pivotal teen developments of its MCs, Ben and Adam, the book is narrated in the third person by someone who is never mentioned but who reminds us that even in the face of darkness and fear, there is a humour and hope to be found. https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/58484070 Fireworks by Katie Cutugno Did anything bring us together more in the 90s than pop music? No, it didn't. It was so popular that the premier of American Idol was right around the corner and we were more obsessed with lining the walls of our rooms with cutouts from Teen Bop than any other hobby. So of course I had to include a book about betrayal between two friends who are competing to be the next big star. Set in Orlando during the late 90s boy and girl band craze, Fireworks is about the constant competition that takes a toll and puts a mountain of distance between two lifelong best friends. Will their friendship make it? Do teen friendships ever make it? https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/29523625 πŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ I hope you enjoyed these recs - happy reading!

Posted by Jordan at 2023-02-07 17:05:33 UTC