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12 YA Books to Read After You Watch The Bold Type

So, we’ve spent the last few months falling head over heels in love with Freeform’s new show, THE BOLD TYPE. Haven’t seen it? You totally should. It focuses on three friends, Jane, Kat, and Sutton, who all work for the same magazine. If you have seen it, you definitely know what we’re talking about when we say it’s everything we need right now.

Their friendship is everything. The girls go through a rough patch here and there, sure, but they always put each other first and do whatever they can to encourage and lift each other up. They’re growing into their skills and interests, and figuring out just where they belong in the adult world. Romance? Not easy. Dream jobs? Definitely not easy. But they have each other at the end of the day, and throughout the series they work to figure out their own happy endings. It’s amazingly inspirational, even if it is a bit aspirational.

And what’s wrong with that?

In honor of our favorite Scarlet girls, we put together a list of books to pick up after you’re done with THE BOLD TYPE, inspired by girl gangs, living large, and young adults ready to take on the world—despite how messy it sometimes may be. Scroll down to check them out!

 

Read these books if you love The Bold Type!

 

1. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

No one captures messy pre-adult life like Katie Cotugno, and 99 DAYS is the perfect read for anyone who wants to follow a protagonist as perfectly flawed as any of THE BOLD TYPE‘s three leading ladies. Molly is problematic and you may not like her all the time, but she’s taking the summer to face issues that she definitely would rather not face. Plus, her tortured romance totally reminds us of Sutton and Richard.

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything. She has every right to hate me, of course: I broke Patrick Donnelly’s heart the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe wouldn’t quit till he got me to come to this party, and I’m surprised to find I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

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2. The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

THE CARRIE DIARIES is our automatic go-to for a story about our dream NYC internship! Whether you’ve seen the CW adaptation or not, we dare you to try not falling in love with Carrie as she navigates high school and the fashion behind the scenes of New York. With friendships that will make you cheer (and gasp) and romance that will make you swoon, this book basically has it all—and it’s an amazing throwback!

Before Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was a small-town girl who knew she wanted more. She’s ready for real life to start, but first she must navigate her senior year of high school. Up until now, Carrie and her friends have been inseparable. Then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture, and a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything.

With an unforgettable cast of characters, The Carrie Diaries is the story of how a regular girl learns to think for herself and evolves into a sharp, insightful writer. Through adventures both audacious and poignant, we’ll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where her new life begins.

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3. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Go big or go home. That’s the message behind DUMPLIN’ the powerhouse (and sweetly southern) novel from Julie Murphy. If you need a bit of confidence, aren’t the biggest fan of the concrete jungle, or even just like your stories with a side of Dolly Parton, this is the perfect book for you. Trust us when we say you’ll fall in love with Willowdean just as quickly as you did with Jane, Sutton, and Kat!

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

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4. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Manhattan? Yes please. Manhattan in the year 2118? Even better. The drama of THE BOLD TYPE evolves incredibly fast, and the dazzling THOUSANDTH FLOOR is one of the only YA novels we know that can keep up. This is definitely one to check out if your favorite part of the show is when the girls’ storylines all intertwine and it will keep you guessing until the very end. At which point it will make you literally gasp.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched. Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one? Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

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5. Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

You know THE BOLD TYPE always leaves you feeling empowered, and WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER will do exactly the same. Following Diana on her journey to become the hero we all know and love is basically the same as watching Jane grow as a writer, or Sutton explore the world of fashion, right? Okay, maybe pick this one up if you like your girls with an extra side of action. But who doesn’t like that?

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

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6. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

The voice in this book is hilarious, relatable, and so one-of-a-kind it will stick with you long after you’ve left Molly’s world behind. And that’s why we think THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED is a perfect companion book for THE BOLD TYPE! It’s one of the few books that really pulls off the authentic, modern teen voice, and if you love the quick wit and banter between Jane, Kat, and Sutton, you’ll love all things Molly Peskin-Suso!

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Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

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7. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

*Shouting from the rooftops* GIRL GANGS ARE AMAZING AND THIS IS THE GIRL GANG OF ALL GIRL GANGS. Seriously, the OG girl gang. You know them, you love them, and it’s never a bad time to revisit Libby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget. And no worries if you’ve never read THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS, or even seen the movie! We can guarantee you will fall in love with these girls as much as we have.

Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they’re great. She’d love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them.

Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.

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8. Top Ten by Katie Cotugno

Okay, this one doesn’t come out until October, but hear us out. Katie is amazing at writing realistically messy relationships and characters, and TOP TEN captures the difficult line between friendship and romance like nothing else we’ve read! Whether you’re crushing on Richard, Alex, Adena, or Pinstripe, you’ll relate all too well to the mess of emotions plaguing Ryan and Gabby’s senior summer. Add this one to your TBRs, stat.

Ryan McCullough and Gabby Hart are the unlikeliest of best friends. Prickly, anxious Gabby would rather do literally anything than go to a party. Ultra-popular Ryan is a hockey star who can get any girl he wants—and frequently does. But somehow their relationship just works; from dorky Monopoly nights to rowdy house parties to the top ten lists they make about everything under the sun.

Now, on the night of high school graduation, everything is suddenly changing—in their lives, and in their relationship. As they try to figure out what they mean to each other and where to go from here, they make a final top ten list: this time, counting down the top ten moments of their friendship.

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9. We Are Okay by Nina Lecour

We have a couple of books for you if Kat and Adena are your favorite part of the show. The first, WE ARE OKAY, is for anyone whose favorite aspect of their relationship is the personal growth that underscores it. Kat’s really come into herself over the past few episodes, and even Adena is realizing she has things to learn when it comes to life together and apart. This book will pull at your heartstrings in the best, similar way!

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You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun.

Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

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10. It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura

Part two of our #Kadena book recs! If your favorite parts of their whirlwind romance are the date nights, the phone calls, the flirty texts, and more, we think you’ll love the charming and bittersweet story in IT’S NOT LIKE IT’S A SECRET. Sana and Jamie don’t have an easy time getting, or being, together, but there’s such an obvious romantic connection between them that they have us rooting for them the whole time!

Sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara has too many secrets. Some are small, like how it bothers her when her friends don’t invite her to parties. Some are big, like the fact that her father may be having an affair. And then there’s the one that she can barely even admit to herself—the one about how she might have a crush on her best friend.

When Sana and her family move to California, she begins to wonder if it’s finally time for some honesty, especially after she meets Jamie Ramirez. Jamie is beautiful and smart and unlike anyone Sana’s ever known. There are just a few problems: Sana’s new friends don’t trust Jamie’s crowd; Jamie’s friends clearly don’t want her around anyway; and a sweet guy named Caleb seems to have more-than-friendly feelings for her. Meanwhile, her dad’s affair is becoming too obvious to ignore.

Sana always figured that the hardest thing would be to tell people that she wants to date a girl, but as she quickly learns, telling the truth is easy… what comes after it, though, is a whole lot more complicated.

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11. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

For a touch of something magic, we think fans of THE BOLD TYPE will fall in love with Blue and her Raven Boys. Most importantly, we needed a book whose adult characters could compare to the inimitable Jacqueline Carlyle. She’s the #girlboss of our dreams, a three-dimensional character who isn’t afraid to embrace both her ambition and her femininity. She’s a spectacular role model and always looks out for the girls, giving them advice and opening up to them when she can. In THE RAVEN BOYS, Blue’s mother makes sure that whatever psychic things she gets into, she remains a positive force in her daughter’s life. We have to give it up for this badass mom in YA.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them — not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all — family money, good looks, devoted friends — but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

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12. By Your Side by Kasie West

One of the best parts about THE BOLD TYPE is that each week it left us smiling. Any book by Kasie West is sure to do the same, but our choice is BY YOUR SIDE, the adorable new romance about a girl and boy who get trapped in the library together over a snowy weekend! You’ll read through this book just as fast as you’d binge the series, and it’s the perfect feel-good story that, let’s be honest, we could all use right now.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye.

As he and Autumn at first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

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Comment below with anything that gave you THE BOLD TYPE vibes! What other books would you add to this list?