I am obsessed with the TV show Euphoria, as it seems is most of the internet. I seem to be spending my week waiting for the latest episode and theorising about what might happen next. But, I feel likeI have a little Euphoria-shaped hole in my life between episodes. Of course I am turning to books that fill that hole. So, I wanted to recommend 5 books to read if you loved Euphoria and to fill that hole. Here they are!
White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson
Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California beach town to the embattled Midwestern city of Cedarville might be the fresh start she needs. Her mom has accepted a new job with the Sterling Foundation that comes with a free house, one that Mari now has to share with her bratty ten-year-old stepsister, Piper.
The renovated picture-perfect home on Maple Street, sitting between dilapidated houses, surrounded by wary neighbors has its . . . secrets. That’s only half the problem: household items vanish, doors open on their own, lights turn off, shadows walk past rooms, voices can be heard in the walls, and there’s a foul smell seeping through the vents only Mari seems to notice. Worse: Piper keeps talking about a friend who wants Mari gone.
But “running from ghosts” is just a metaphor, right?
This book has the thrilling storyline line like you see throughout Euphoria. It has an incredibly creepy storyline that haunts you and makes you feel constantly on edge whilst you are reading. I adored this one and it will definitely fill a Euphoria shaped hole in your life.
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Life hasn’t been easy for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto, but with the help of his girlfriend he’s slowly remembering what happiness might feel like.
Then Thomas shows up …
Thomas is smart and funny, and before long Aaron is spending all his time with him. But as Aaron’s feelings for Thomas intensify, tensions with his other friends start to build.
Soon Aaron is faced with a choice – one that will make him question what it is he wants, and how far he’ll go to get it.
Why does happiness have to be so hard?
If Euphoria has you laughing one minute and then crying the next, this is a book for you. This book will break your heart and help you have a very good cry. It is beautifully written and 100% worth the read. I loved this book.
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.
This book explores so many of the topics that are explored in Euphoria. It gives you an honest and truly heart-breaking look at so many issues. These issues include self-harm, sexual assault and homelessness. So, if you are looking for a book that explores real issues like Euphoria, this is the one for you.
Lies Like Wildfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
In Gap Mountain, California, everyone knows about fire season. And no one is more vigilant than 18-year-old Hannah Warner, the sheriff’s daughter and aspiring FBI agent. That is until this summer. When Hannah and her best friends accidentally spark an enormous and deadly wildfire, their instinct is to lie to the police and the fire investigators.
But as the blaze roars through their rural town and towards Yosemite National Park, Hannah’s friends begin to crack and she finds herself going to extreme lengths to protect their secret. Because sometimes good people do bad things. And if there’s one thing people hate, it’s liars.
I had to add this one to the list because of how thrilling this book is. It is a rollercoaster ride right from the first page. It is full of mysteries, lying and thrilling moments. So, if you like the thrilling, captivating moments of Euphoria, then this is the one for you!
Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
In this book, the impact of wildfire, a wayward priest, or a mysterious disappearance ricochet across communities, threading through stories. Here, ordinary actions such as ice skating or going to church reveal hidden truths. One choice threatens a lifelong friendship. Siblings save each other. Rescue and second chances are possible, and so is revenge.
On the surface, it seems that nothing ever happens in these towns. But Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock shows that underneath that surface, teenagers’ lives blaze with fury, with secrets, and with love so strong it burns a path to the future.
This book is a book packed full of short stories and all of the stories link together in one way or another. The characters from one story are linked to some from others or the places in one to others. So, I added this to the list because of how Euphoria is packed full of characters but they all somehow find ways to each other. So, if you like the interweaving storylines, this is the one for you.
There you have it, 5 books to read if you love Euphoria. What books would you recommend to Euphoria fans? Let me know in the comments below.