The ’90s… I remember you well. The decade of fanny packs, Beanie Babies, gel pens, Tamagotchis, slap bracelets, the Rachel haircut, iconic TV shows and more romantic comedies than I can count. With the recent 20th anniversary of She’s All That and the 25th anniversary of the tartan plaids with knee-high socks of Cher Horowitz, we’ve rounded up the books you need to read if you’re like me and love to relive this golden era. This is what you should read if you love ’90s movies.
As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling, the Cast, and the Crew by Jen Chaney
Clueless fans, this one is for you. In this amazing book, the author celebrates the 20th anniversary of the film’s release. Chaney explores the influence of Jane Austen’s Emma as the unlikely framework for Heckerling’s script, the rigorous casting process, the functional-yet-fashion-forward wardrobe, the unique slang that drew from the past and coined new phrases for the future, the sun-drenched soundtrack that set the tone and – above all – the massive amount of work, creativity and craft that went into making Clueless look so effortlessly bright and glossy.
Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ’80s and ’90s Teen Fiction by Gabrielle Moss
Honestly, this book is amazing. If you were a reader at all in the ’90s (or the ’80s), I strongly recommend it. Moss gives us a humorous and in-depth history of beloved teen literature from the 1980s and 1990s, full of trivia and pop culture fun. Loved it!
I’ll Be There for You: The One about Friends by Kelsey Miller
Who wasn’t obsessed with Friends? This truly iconic TV show set the bar high for many of the sitcoms to follow. In this book, Miller does a deep dive into the history of Friends, exploring all aspects of the show, from its unlikely origins to the societal conditions that amplified its success. The author takes the reader behind the scenes, follows the cast members’ rise to fame and discusses the actors’ relationship with the characters they are still known for today.
Geekerella: by Ashley Poston
For those who want the quirky fairy-tale ending, look no further than Poston’s first book in the Starfield Series. It gives its reader the perfect balance of a Cinderella story and geek culture. This book will tap into your love for a solid teen romantic comedy. And if you like it, the second book in the series, The Princess and the Fangirl, will be available on April 2, 2019.
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
This one is for anyone who loved You’ve Got Mail. Reichert serves up a scrumptiously delectable romance filled with humorous quips, heartfelt moments, friendship and most importantly, food. Not since the movie Simply Irresistible have I enjoyed a romantic comedy about food this much!
Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
If you are a ’90s romantic comedy lover, you might want to add this one to your #TBR pile. In this delightfully charming and funny novel, Winfrey gives us a rom-com-obsessed romantic waiting for her perfect leading man who learns that life doesn’t always go according to a script. And I mean come on… who didn’t want to fall in love with Tom Hanks back in the ’90s?
The Duff by Kody Keplinger
I cannot think of anything which screams ’90s teen movie more than The Duff. Keplinger’s novel about the so-called Designated Ugly Fat Friend and the Hot Jock check off all the boxes. I dare you not the fall in love with Bianca and Wesley.
Tales of the Slayer: Vol. 1 and 2 by various authors
One of my all-time favorite shows is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Even though I loved the Luke Perry and Kristy Swanson movie, it all came alive with the TV show because of the level of lore, dark humor and well… Angel. With this two-volume book, fans get the action, vampires and stories, both past and present, that you crave when thinking about this kick-ass movie-to-TV adaption.
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