What to Read if You Like Mean Girls the Musical, by Cindy Shutts
Our look at all things Broadway inspired continues today with a list of books you may like to read if you like Mean Girls, the musical. This list was prepared by regular TLT contributor Cindy Shutts.
This is a cautionary tale
about corruption and betrayal!” Janis and Damian.
The musical Mean Girls is based on the movie of the same name. Cady Heron moves to a suburb of Chicago from Kenya where her parents are scientists. Her world changes as she is thrust in to the world of popular teens and realizes this world can be dangerous. She at first befriends outsiders, Damien and Janis, but then the means girls pick her to join them. Cady at first is excited to have friends and be popular, but she very quickly realizes that the queen bee Regina George can make her or break her and Cady will take her down first.
The musical is a great take on the classic teen film. The soundtrack is available for purchase wherever you buy you music or streaming. It will start touring around the United States this fall. I am hoping to see it when it comes to Chicago that is near where I live. If you like the movie and you have the chance to see it I would recommend it. The soundtrack is great!
So You Love Mean Girls, Here Are Some Fetch Books!
Mean Girls by Micol Ostow
Cady lived in Africa with her parents who are scientists, but now is moving to America to attend high school and has no idea what to expect. She is sucked into the world of the popular girls and very quickly realizes the head mean girl Regina George has the power to crush her. Cady decides to bring her down first.
Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman
Charlie is sick of dealing with the popular kids, but when her former best friend moves back to town and he becomes popular she realizes she is being pulling into the drama and does not know what to do.
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Four popular girls are pulled into a mystery after their former friend Alison has been missing for three years. They are receiving notes from someone who clearly knows a lot about them and their dark secrets and they wonder could Alison be alive after all this time?
The List by Siobhan Vivian
Every year at school the hottest girls and ugliest girl at school are ranked by a list that appears anonymously. The girls on this list are left to deal with the consequences.
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Mary, Kat and Lillia all have someone they want to take down, but they will have to work together to achieve their goals.
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Five students walk into detention and only four walk out. The fifth student was Simon, who had a peanut allergy and was murdered. They will have to find out who the killer is because they all had secrets to hide.
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
The year is 2118 and there is a large thousand floor building in New York. Avery lives on the 1000th floor and everyone thinks she is perfect but she has secrets of her own.
The Takedown by Corrie Wang
Kyla Cheng is on her way to being valedictorian and now she is at the top of her school class, but then someone appears to be trying to ruin her life. She is going to work on finding out who she has hurt and betrayed in her years of being a mean girl.
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
Gigi, Bette, and June are top students at their fancy ballet school in New York. These three dancers have worked hard to be at the top of their class and did what they needed to reach their goals.
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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