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Monday, May 19, 2014

Like That? Read This


Recently I got it into my mind that I wanted to read a novel where the girl had to hide herself as a boy. I love this type of story as much as Freaky-Friday ones, which is to say A LOT. I have no idea why, except that maybe it has to do with growing up with only a sister and always being a bit removed from how boys think. 

Anyhow, I beta read a fantastic novel where the girl had to pretend to be a boy (wink wink, Liz Parker), and then gave in to my She’s the Man craving. This had absolutely nothing to do with Channing Tatum and his abs.

I had already read Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce—which is probably one of the most well-recognized books in which a girl goes undercover as a guy—as well as others, like this, this, this, and this. (What can I say? I like gender benders.)

My desire for a girl-disguised-as-boy book led me to two things:
  1. The YA historical fiction The Education of Bet, which is very good, by the way.
  2. It’s helpful to have some comparison novels for when you love one and crave more of the same.
That’s where this blog post comes in. I’ve read all of these, so I know the comparison books are very similar. (Though I can’t promise I loved them all. Because I don’t like to badmouth books on this blog, I won’t say which of the compared books I liked best—sorry!—but that if you like one and want something very similar, you might like the other.)

Click the images to hop to a book’s Goodreads page.

The Similarities
Summer setting
Famous guy descends on small town to film a movie
Girl who dislikes Hollywood and fame gets into a relationship with said famous guy
The paparazzi cause complications

The Similarities
Demon Bad Boy wants to send Good Girl’s soul to hell
Good Girl challenges Demon’s Bad Boy’s beliefs
Good Girl has Very Important Purpose and therefore is useful to both heaven and hell

The Similarities
Dying teens
Romance before death

The Similarities
Girl sent to mother’s friend’s home to live
Mother’s friend has many, many sons
Said sons are majorly hot
Boys ice girl out
Love triangle between girl and two brothers

The Similarities
Child of spies is forced to do some spy work of her own to save the day
Non-spy friends are brought into the fray

The Similarities
Popular girl is a closet nerd
Secret Nerd Girl falls for nerdy boy
Secret Nerd Girl must embrace her inner geek to hook nerd boy

The Similarities
One girl, two possible outcomes
Story is told in chapters alternating between one storyline and the next

The Similarities
Teens compete on a cooking show
Food, fighting, and romance

The Similarities
Girl steals best friend’s boyfriend
(But the friend didn’t deserve him in the first place)

The Similarities
Prep school girl channels Nancy Drew
Arrogant prep school boys

The Similarities
Girl goes back to the sixteenth century

Let’s hear ‘em: What are some book twins you can think of?

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