Introducing… the first of several regular series we’ll have here on the blog:
In each installment, I’ll share the adult titles that I think would pair best with a few of the YA/middle grade books that we’ve previously covered on the podcast. If you’d like to request a title for our next round of Dynamic Duos — or suggest an adult book that you think is a good counterpart to one you’ve heard us discuss — feel free to drop me a line!
Here are my first few suggested pairings…
In both of these books, so-called “normals” stumble their way into life as royals. In The Princess Diaries, it’s the result of family bloodlines and in The Royal We, it’s the result of — you guessed it — love. I finished The Royal We over the course of a single flight a few years ago, and I’ve been thinking about revisiting it ever since last year’s royal wedding. If you were charmed by Mia’s not-so-graceful rise to princess-dom in The Princess Diaries, I would definitely recommend The Royal We! It’s the perfect summer read.
Listen to the podcast episode about The Princess Diaries here!
Prep is probably my most universally-recommended book. It’s one of my all-time favorites, and I feel pretty confident suggesting it to pretty much anyone who’s looking for something to add to their TBR. Sloppy Firsts has a much different tone, but like Prep, it’s a coming-of-age story, full of missteps, shaky instincts, and teachable moments. Both books also feature flawed but fascinating heroines.
Listen to the podcast episode about Sloppy Firsts here!
I’m not suggesting that Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life in the Midwest of the late 19th century and Tara Westover’s life in Idaho in the 20th century have a lot in common — but these two memoirs do share some major themes. Both books are about families who stick together in rough circumstances, who set out with independent spirits to pursue their version of the American dream. Most importantly, perhaps, both are written by strong, smart women who have been shaped by what many of us would call unusual childhoods.
Listen to the podcast episode about Little House on the Prairie here!
A group of friends figuring out what unites them and what makes them individuals? Learning what they can do together and what they have to tackle on their own? While the characters in these books are at different stages of their lives and have much different backgrounds, the novels do have those parallels.