Readalikes for Fall TV Premieres – Part II
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Here are some more upcoming fall TV shows, plus YA and YA-friendly adult books that make for great companion pieces.
Jane the Virgin (The CW) – Starring Gina Rodriguez
A strange turn of events leads to Type-A, virginal Jane being artificially inseminated without her knowledge. Based on a telenovela, this soapy dramedy has the potential to spark conversations about cultural clashes, reproductive rights, and feminism. Watch the trailer here.
- Purity by Jackson Pearce (2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults)
- The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez (2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers)
- Doing It by Melvin Burgess (2005 Best Books for Young Adults, 2008 Popular Paperbacks)
- Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian (2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults)
- This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (2003 Best Books for Young Adults)
One Big Happy (NBC) – Starring Elisha Cuthbert and Nick Zano
This show is clearly banking on the success of shows like Modern Family (and executive producer Ellen DeGeneres) to get viewers. Lizzy, who is a lesbian, and her best friend Luke decided to have a baby as friends, but things become complicated when Luke gets married.
- Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
- Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film About the Grapes of Wrath by Steven Goldman
- My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
- The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George
Red Band Society (Fox) – Starring Dave Annable and Octavia Spencer
Based on a Spanish TV series, this show will follow a group of teens living together in the pediatric ward of a hospital. Expect everyone you know to tune into the pilot. Watch the trailer here.
- Some book by some guy named John Green (2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults)
- It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (2007 Best Books for Young Adults)
- A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
- Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern (2008 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers)
- Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty (2002 Best Books for Young Adults)
Selfie (ABC) – Starring Karen Gillan and John Cho
Pygmalion meets Instagram in this sitcom is about a self-obsessed young woman who must lower herself down to earth with the help of the more tightly laced older man at work. Watch the trailer here.
- Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot
- Awkward by Marni Bates
- ttyl by Lauren Myracle (2005 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers)
- Dare Me by Eric Devine
- Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (NBC) – Starring Ellie Kemper
Created by Tina Fey and starring The Office and Bridesmaids alum Ellie Kemper, this sitcom is one you can expect will get a lot of buzz. Kimmy spent 15 years in a cult and is now trying to live in the real world, to hilarious consequence.
- Forbidden by Judy Waite
- Bumped by Megan McCafferty
- Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults)
- Bubble World by Carol Snow
- Family by Micol Ostow
Weird Loners (Fox) – Starring Zachary Knighton, Becki Newton, Nate Torrence, and Meera Rohit Kumbhani
This decade’s Friends reduces the number of strangers to four, puts them in an apartment building together and forces them to confront their approaches to relationships – which none of them wants to do. While it may be about 30-somethings, teens should respond well to the idea of disparate personalities struggling to connect and understand each other and themselves.
- Sweet Treats and Secret Crushes by Lisa Greenwald
- Death, Dickinson and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres Sanchez
- Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (2002 Best Books for Young Adults, 2009 Popular Paperbacks)
- Dreams of Significant Girls by Cristina Garcia
–Hannah Gómez, currently reading Dirty Wings by Sarah McCarry