If Wilder Girls by Rory Power knocked your socks off and left you wanting more, you’re in luck! Whether you loved the horror, the female friendships, or the sci-fi elements of the book, we’ve got some book recs for you. You can rest easy knowing that this Wilder Girls reading list gives you everything your Book Nerd heart craves.
If you loved the writing, read Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power.
Oh yes, Rory has a new book, and it’s just as amazing as the first. Get ready for a strange new thriller that will have you gasping at every twist and turn. A small town, a mysterious past, and a creepy mystery await!
If you loved the mystery element, read This Is My America by Kim Johnson.
When her brother is accused of killing a white girl, Tracy decides to find out what really happened. As she digs up clues, she uncovers a mystery that runs as deep as her Texas town’s racist past. This novel will keep you glued to the page!
If you loved the horror, read Escape Room by Maren Stoffels.
Missing those thrills and chills you got from reading Wilder Girls? Pick up Escape Room, and you’ll have goose bumps in no time. This perfect-for-summer paperback is about a group of teens who go looking for a night of fun and get trapped in a house of horrors instead.
If you loved the boarding school setting, read Killing November by Adriana Mather.
This prep school is unlike any you’ve ever read about. Exclusively for the children of world-class spies and assassins, students here learn skills like knife-throwing, espionage, and poison. When a student is murdered, all fingers point to the new girl, November. In a school full of teens trained in deception, she’ll have to use all her wits to prove her innocence.
If you loved the fierce protagonists, pre-order The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna.
There’s no question that the characters in Wilder Girls are scrappy survivors. If you need another story about badass heroines, add The Gilded Ones to your TBR. This is the first book in a bold and immersive West African–inspired feminist fantasy series in which girls are outcasts by blood and warriors by choice.
If you loved the female friendships, read House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig.
This seaside retelling of the classic fairy tale “Twelve Dancing Princesses” features the best kind of female friendship—sisters! This dark and delicious story full of sisterhood, magic, and monsters will keep you coming back for more.
If you loved the genre-bending elements, read Pet by Akwaeke Emezi.
Wilder Girls is sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, thriller, and horror all rolled into one. If you love a book that defies genre, check out Pet—Jam teams up with a mysterious creature named Pet to hunt a monster and save her best friend from an enemy she never thought could exist in a town she thought was safe.
If you want an unusual survival story, read Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl.
One of the reasons that Wilder Girls is so memorable is because it’s an unusual story. If you like books that take you places you’ve never been before, Neverworld Wake is a must-read. A group of college students get together for a night of nostalgia and get caught in a bizarre time loop. This unusual story will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
If you’re looking for more queer fantasy stories, read Witchlight by Jessi Zabarsky.
If you loved the queer protagonist in Wilder Girls and want more fantasy stories with queer characters, you’ll love Witchlight. This graphic novel has it all—witches, romance, and magic. You’ll be hooked on the first page!
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