Hey, marshmallows! I finally finished Veronica Mars season 3 last week, and I still have a bit of a VMars hangover. Today I thought of a couple books I’ve read in the past that would be a great complement to this mood. I always feel like these “liked this? try this!” book posts are super subjective, but I’ve tried to give a little reasoning why these might satisfy your appetite.
Freaky Green Eyes by Joyce Carol Oates - The main character, a seemingly innocent teenaged girl, learns to embrace a stronger, more cynical side to her character, which she thinks of as separate from her normal self and names “Freaky Green Eyes.” The plot revolves around the disappearance of her mother, and as the threads of the mystery surrounding it unravel, so does the family. Gripping characterizations and the emotional shockwaves the events and revelations send through the family remind me of Veronica Mars. So does the sometimes vengeful nature of the main character’s new self. The author has a sort of dreamy way with imagery that plays out very similarly in my head to some of the more trippy flashbacks in Veronica Mars, especially the memories of Shelley Pomroy’s party.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart - Frankie is a teenaged girl coming into her own. She goes to an elite boarding school, the same one her father went to, but she won’t have the same experience he did: he belongs to a secret society based at the school, with a long and proud history as a boys’ club. Sound familiar? Frankie becomes embroiled in a group of fascinating boys at the school, and - as she gets in deeper - in the secret society itself. This is full of the clever dialogue and the fun of the girl outsmarting everyone you get from Veronica Mars. Equally importantly, the characters have interesting depths, and there’s no easy resolution to the social fallout caused by the events in the book.