Are you counting down the days until you can binge-watch season two of Stranger Things?
We just want to be reunited in a big bear hug with our favorite group of friends already! Is that so much to ask?
We feel you, and we’re here to help. We’ve broken down some of the things we love about the show and found corresponding book recs that will help you pass the time until you can start streaming those new episodes on October 27! #FreeBarb
1. The Sense of Mystery
Hawkins, Indiana, seemed like such a cute little Midwestern town. But we didn’t have to spend much time watching Stranger Things to realize that there is a lot of weird stuff going on. If you can’t get enough of that creepy Hawkins vibe, try The Breathless by Tara Goedjen, which also has a spooky, atmospheric feel.
2. Those Terrifying Scenes
We can’t be the only ones who watched parts of Stranger Things peeking through our fingers or who went through the past summer with a lingering concern about swimming pools. If you enjoyed being scared as much as we did, try Little Monsters by Kara Thomas, which is about a new girl in a small town whose best friend suddenly vanishes.
3. The Amazing Friendships
Have you fallen in love with the loyal, quirky, smart kids in Stranger Things? Try One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus, which features a group of high school students in detention who have to band together when they become suspects in a murder.
4. All the Possible ’Ships
Maybe romance isn’t at the very top of the agenda for most of the characters in Stranger Things, but there are still a lot of potential pairings we have our eye on. If you’re as intrigued as we are by all the possibilities, we recommend you try A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck, which is about a boy who is secretly in love with his best friend.
5. The Cool Sci-Fi Elements
Do you love to geek out over Stranger Things’s sci-fi elements and quirky, smart characters? Then you should definitely try Nyxia by Scott Reintgen, which is set on a spaceship and features an ensemble cast and some evil goings-on.
6. The WTF-Is-Happening-Here Parts
If you’re obsessed with the “what’s real?” and “who can you trust?” aspects of Stranger Things, you should trust us and try Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart. It’s about a girl who may not be what she seems.