Booklist: Read-a-Likes for Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Are you ready to go big or go home with self-proclaimed fat girl, reluctant beauty queen, and all-around icon Willowdean Dixon of Dumplin’ fame?

Have you read Julie Murphy’s delightful novel about Willowdean and its companion Puddin’ already? Have you been watching the trailer for Netflix’s movie adaptation starring Danielle Macdonald  and Jennifer Aniston?

If the answer to any of those questions is “Yes!” then look no further for some read-a-likes to keep you busy while you wait for the movie to drop.

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12 Books for Fans of I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

The 2015 Printz Award winner I’ll Give You the Sun is finding more and more fans in my library, and readers often connect with the story of artists, of grief, and family, or enjoy the lyrical writing and love story. Some love the dual voices and structure.

Whether they loved the style or the plot of Noah and Jude’s story, readers will find a new book to fall in love with on this list. I’ve tried to include a mix of older and sometimes overlooked titles as well as a few new releases for those who seem to have already read everything.

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The Brilliant Light of the Amber Sunrise by Matthew Crow

This tender romance is all about life and love and letting go and growing up. Francis and Amber meet in a cancer ward, but this isn’t just another cancer romance. It’s full of wit and humor and features a goofy, awkward family in addition to the love story.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

This just might be the cutest YA romance of 2015. Simon meets another guy who is gay but not yet out on his school’s gossip tumblr, and they begin exchanging flirty emails…but will they ever meet in real life? Readers who loved Noah’s coming out and falling in love story in I’ll Give You the Sun should definitely check out this recent debut. Continue reading 12 Books for Fans of I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Readalikes for Fall TV Premieres – Part II

(Did you miss part I? Click here!)

Here are some more upcoming fall TV shows, plus YA and YA-friendly adult books that make for great companion pieces.

purityJane 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.

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Readalikes for Fall TV Premieres – Part I

One of my favorite things about the end of summer (if you can have such a thing) is looking forward to fall television premieres! Nearly as much fun is guessing which ones won’t make it past a couple of episodes. But ultimately, there are always a few new shows that you really want to root for and that stand a good chance of making it. I’ve looked at some of those and have come up with a list of readalikes so that brand new fans can have an arsenal of new stories to discover. This is part I; look for the second half next week (click here).

promise-of-amazingA – Z (NBC) – Starring Cristin Miloti and Ben Feldman
A When Harry Met Sally-type comedy set at an online dating company, this is about the evolution of the relationship between Andrew and Zelda. Expect sweeping romantic gestures and office hijinks. Watch the trailer here.


  • The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
  • Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt
  • Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill
  • Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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