Last month I carefully chose YA lit suggestions for the male characters from TV’s The Big Bang Theory. This month I plan to finish off the recommendations by selecting a few choice titles for the girls of The Big Bang Theory. Sure, I could merely suggest a recently released best seller or two. Instead, I am going to tailor each suggestion to their specific interests or quirks. With no further ado, here are the possible favorites for a trio of nerd lovers.
Penny â€“ While Penny is not much of a reader, I’m sure there are a few titles that may grab her interest. One of the first things you find out about Penny is her background. She is from Nebraska and learned how to be both girly and tough. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is a recent book, published only this year, about twin sisters who are about to begin their college lives and learn a bit about themselves. Cath and Wren’s story takes place in Nebraska, Penny’s home state. While she may find a commonality between the girls, she also might be interested in Cath’s fan fiction based on a Harry Potter-esqe book series. She is new to the world of pop culture fandoms, but she has sure learned a thing or two from her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Leonard. Speaking of Leonard, another title that Penny may enjoy is called Geek Charming by Robin Palmer. In this story, the popular Dylan accidentally throws her expensive, brand name bag into a fountain. Geek Josh rescues her bag in exchange for Dylan’s permission to use her as the subject of his documentary. Penny will relate to the juxtaposition of the romance between Josh and Dylan and possibly draw parallels to her own relationship. Finally, I want to add one more title, mainly because Penny does show in interest in sports and breaking down the gender stereotypes by being both feminine and tough. In Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (2007 Best Books for Young Adults), D.J. struggles with balancing her work on her family’s dairy farm, her love of football, and her attraction to a member of the opposing team. While I know that Penny doesn’t play football, she may enjoy D.J.’s story of identity and unsuspecting love.
Bernadette â€“ Bernadette is most often known in connection with Howard. However, she is also a scientist, specializing in diseases and over aspects of microbiology. Because of what I know about Bernadette, I thought it fitting to choose one book that corresponds with her romantic life and one title that fits in with her professional life. Her romance with Howard is bizarre, but also endearing. This past season of the show left Bernadette coping with being separated from Howard while he was in space. This is why my first recommendation is a love story in space. Across the Universe by Beth Revis (2012 Teens’ Top Ten) is not precisely about astronauts, but it is about love in space. Amy is technically cargo after she is cryogenically frozen and loaded onto a ship that while travel to the other side of space to a new Earth. When she is suspiciously thawed, she joins up with Elder, the second-in-command of the ship, to uncover a devious plot that has left others less fortunate than Amy, dead. My second suggestion for Bernadette is more about her interest in microbiology than her personal life. Streams of Babel by Carol Plum-Ucci is a story about a town that is targeted by a terrorist organization. The terrorists poison the water supply resulting in severe side effects and even death. This story is right up Bernadette’s alley. Maybe she even knows a biohazard or two that could have been used in the story.
Amy â€“ Amy Farrah Fowler may be the newest addition to The Big Bang Theory cast, but could be one of the most interesting. Other than her relationship with Sheldon, Amy is focused on her work as a neurobiologist and hanging out with her besties, Penny and Bernadette. Amy speaks often about her work with cigarette-smoking monkeys. In response to scientific research, I would recommend Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel. In this book, Ben’s father brings home a chimp for his behavioral science research and treats him like one of the family. I’m sure that Amy will have a thing or two to add in regards to the research presented in this book. There are several series that focus of on the close friendships of girls like â€œThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsâ€ series by Ann Brashares and the â€œPretty Little Liarsâ€ series by Sara Shepard. However, I would definitely suggest The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson (2006 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults). Johnson’s story focuses on three friends, Nina, Avery, and Mel. When Nina goes away for summer camp, she returns to find that Avery and Mel are a bit closer than when she left. In fact, her stories about her summer romance with a boy named Steve are pushed aside when the truth surfaces that Avery and Mel had their own summer romanceâ€¦with each other. Amy alludes to a best friendship that borders on undisclosed feelings that may be closer to a romantic infatuation with Penny.
So what do you think? Did I get it right? Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comment section. Also, if there is another cast on TV that you want to hear recommendations for as well, let me know!
-Brandi Smits, currently Reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling & The Selection by Kiera Cass
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