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Get Pop Cultured With Our March Book Recs!

Whether you, like us, are a pop culture junkie as much as you are a book nerd, or if you just need #relatable book recs to get your friends into YA, we’ve got your back. With so many shows, movies, and albums out there these days, we wanted to make it easier to recommend some phenomenal books for fans of any of the above!! So, without further ado, welcome to the first official round of our Pop Culture book recs!

Every month we’ll be coming back with new of-the-moment shows, movies, and more, and pairing them with the books we think are perfect for their fans. What are you waiting for? Scroll through and find your next favorite read!


Pop Culture Book Recs: March 2018




Jessica Jones (Netflix)

Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City. New discoveries make her reluctantly confront her past and who she truly is.

THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab
READ FOR: Deadly abilities, powerful girls, and a complex web of characters
Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be. August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon…

A GIRL LIKE THAT by Tanaz Bhathena
READ FOR: Bad reputations, shattered stereotypes, and a life in pieces 
Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school. You don’t want to get involved with a girl like that, they say…


Queer Eye (Netflix)

In this reboot of the classic series, a new Fab Five set out to Atlanta to help the city’s men refine their wardrobes, grooming, diet, cultural pursuits, and home décor.

READ FOR: Self-awareness, doses of hope, and a heartbreaking backstory
Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before she died in a car accident. Enter Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn reenters the real world and drags him to his first college party…

READ FOR: Top notch humor, questions of identity, and an A+ group dynamic
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: If he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing with, will be jeopardized…


UnREAL (Lifetime)

Producer Rachel Goldberg returns to Everlasting, a popular dating show, after a breakdown. With a reputation to rebuild and executive producer Quinn King breathing down her neck, Rachel must pull out all the stops in what she does best: manipulating the contestants to create the outrageous drama that viewers expect.

READ FOR: Girls with questionable morals in a world of incredible manipulation
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King…

A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE by Brittany Cavallaro
READ FOR: A modern take on a classic, and a refreshingly more feminist one at that
Jamie Watson has always been intrigued by Charlotte Holmes; after all, their great-great-great-grandfathers are one of the most infamous pairs in history. But the Holmes family has always been odd, and Charlotte is no exception. She’s inherited Sherlock’s volatility and some of his vices—and when Jamie and Charlotte end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, Charlotte makes it clear she’s not looking for friends…


Good Girls (NBC)

Three suburban mothers suddenly find themselves in desperate circumstances and decide to stop playing it safe and risk everything to take their power back. When they commit a grocery store robbery, they discover that they’re in for more than they bargained.

TRULY DEVIOUS by Maureen Johnson
READ FOR: Unapologetic snark, unexpected risk, and a truly devious mystery
In 1936, shortly after Ellingham Academy opened, its founder’s wife and daughter, Iris and Alice, were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great crimes of American history. Something like that could never happen again, of course…

GENUINE FRAUD by E. Lockhart
READ FOR: Crime, identity, and girls ready to reclaim control
Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. A bad romance, or maybe three. Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her. A girl who refuses to be the person she once was…


Altered Carbon (Netflix)

Set in a future where consciousness is digitized and stored, a prisoner returns to life in a new body and must solve a mind-bending murder to win his freedom.

THIS MORTAL COIL by Emily Suvada
READ FOR: Body-swapping sci-fi, shocking betrayals, and a dangerous mission
Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius…

WARCROSS by Marie Lu
READ FOR: Fast-paced action, mounting stakes, and an #aesthetic future world
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action…


The Bachelor (ABC)

A single bachelor dates multiple women over several weeks, narrowing them down to hopefully find his true love.

ROMANCING THE THRONE by Nadine Jolie Courtney
READ FOR: Swoony dates, romantic rivalry, and a tabloid ready to strike
For the first time ever, the Weston sisters are at the same boarding school. After an administration scandal at Libby’s all-girls school threatens her chances at a top university, she decides to join Charlotte at posh and picturesque Sussex Park. And their social circle? It just so happens to include handsome seventeen-year-old Prince Edward, heir to Britain’s throne…

READ FOR: It’s sort of the same—but instead of a rose, they get a kingdom
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon…




Love, Simon

Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he’s gay. He’s also begun communicating with an anonymous fellow closeted classmate online. When he begins getting blackmailed, Simon must come to terms with his identity while balancing his friends, family, and burgeoning romance.

READ FOR: An emotional journey as a gay teenager finds his way
Seventeen-year-old Evan Panos doesn’t know where he fits in. His strict immigrant Greek mother refuses to see him as anything but a disappointment. His quiet, workaholic father is a staunch believer in avoiding any kind of conflict. And his best friend, Henry, has somehow become distractingly attractive over the summer…

LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT by Becky Albertalli
READ FOR: Round two of this all-star cast, now with a bisexual female lead
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. She’s an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon…


Lady Bird

In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, CA.

READ FOR: Dry wit, complex emotions, and a girl just trying to find her way
The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push her to attend a high school completion program at the nearby Elbow River Community College, and she agrees, on one condition: she gets to move out. Jane tackles her housing problem by signing up for House of Orange, a student-run reality show that is basically Big Brother, but for Elbow River Students…

THE POET X by Elizabeth Acevedo
READ FOR: Artistic expression, complicated family, and a steamy new romance
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook…



Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems—no matter what the cost.

S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett
READ FOR: Teens with no morals influencing teens with, maybe, a little more
At St. Aidan the Great School, or S.T.A.G.S., new things–and new people–are to be avoided. Unfortunately, Greer MacDonald, token scholarship student, is very much a new person. She has just transferred to S.T.A.G.S., and finds herself ignored at best and mocked at worst by the school’s most admired circle of friends, the Medievals…

READ FOR: Curated lives, mysterious murder, and a twisted girl-gang thriller
Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple…


Black Panther

T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake.

READ FOR: Complex mythology, fierce characters, and a world that feels new
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope…

BEASTS MADE OF NIGHT by Tochi Onyebuchi
READ FOR: Right versus wrong in a fantastical—albeit menacing—walled city
In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost…


A Wrinkle in Time

After learning her astrophysicist father is being held captive on a planet deep in the grip of a universe-spanning evil, Meg Murry works with her highly intelligent younger brother, her new friend, and three astral travelers, Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who, to save him.

JANE, UNLIMITED by Kristin Cashore
READ FOR: Realms of possibility, and one girl in the middle of them all
Jane has lived a mostly ordinary life, raised by her recently deceased aunt Magnolia, whom she counted on to turn life into an adventure. Without Aunt Magnolia, Jane is directionless. Then an old acquaintance, the glamorous and capricious Kiran Thrash, blows back into Jane’s life and invites her to a gala at the Thrashes’ extravagant island mansion called Tu Reviens…

READ FOR: Time travel, new worlds, and the promise of a life worth saving
As the daughter of a time traveler, Nix has spent sixteen years sweeping across the globe and through the centuries aboard her father’s ship. Modern-day New York City, nineteenth-century Hawaii, other lands seen only in myth and legend—Nix has been to them all. But when her father gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end…




Never Be the Same – Camila Cabello

And I’m a sucker for the way that you move, babe
And I could try to run, but it would be useless…

RESTORE ME by Tahereh Mafi
Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander of North America, and now has Warner by her side. But when tragedy strikes, she must confront the darkness that dwells both around and inside her…

AUTOBOYOGRAPHY by Christina Lauren
Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, there are no real obstacles between him and freedom. But four months is an eternity—after all, it it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian…


This Is Me – Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman cast

I won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us
For we are glorious…

As the tomboy daughter of the town’s preacher, Billie McCaffrey has always struggled with fitting the mold of what everyone says she should be. She doesn’t want anyone slapping a label on her sexuality before she can understand it herself. So she keeps her conflicting feelings to herself, for fear of ruining the group dynamic…

DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy
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 meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock…


Delicate – Taylor Swift

My reputation’s never been worse, so,
You must like me for me…

CARVE THE MARK by Veronica Roth
Cyra and Akos grew up in enemy countries on a vibrant yet divided planet. Cyra’s ability to transfer extraordinary pain with a simple touch makes her a dangerous weapon for her tyrannical brother. When Akos is kidnapped and forced to serve Cyra, it’s clear that their hatred is mutual. But as Akos fights for his survival in enemy territory, he recognizes that Cyra is also fighting for hers, and that her true gift—resilience—might be what saves them both…

99 DAYS by Katie Cotugno
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…


New Rules – Dua Lipa

My love, he makes me feel like nobody else
But my love, he doesn’t love me
So I tell myself, I tell myself…

When star soccer player Peyton Rios receives an offer from her first-choice college, senior year starts off exactly as planned. But when Peyton uncovers her boyfriend’s dark secret, she confronts him—and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Everyone is talking: Was she pushed, or did she fall? Peyton knows the truth, even if no one believes her…

Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father’s paint. She chose paint. By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome’s most talented painters, even if no one knew her name…


The Middle – Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey

Why don’t you just meet me in the middle
I’m losing my mind just a little…

Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings, Abby isn’t going to take any chances…

MEET CUTE: An Anthology
Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. This is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors…


All The Stars – Kendrick Lamar & SZA

This may be the night that my dreams might let me know
All the stars are closer, all the stars are closer…

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do…

HEART OF IRON by Ashley Poston
Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him…


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