Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Glee: The Booklist

With the return of Glee this week (yay!) why not promote some great Glee read-alikes? (This is not a comprehensive list and I'd love to hear more suggestions! I've linked to my reviews of titles I've read and reviewed on this blog.)

-No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman-This is my go-to book for Glee read-alikes. Somehow the book just reminds me of the show-a jock who ends up in the theater department, the drama queen, and a teacher who wants to make a difference. Such a hilarious read-and I agree, no more dead dogs!!

-My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger-This book really does have everything, and there are some great Glee-ish moments with the characters. I can see Glee fans loving this book.

-Dramarama by E. Lockhart-Give this one to the hardcore theater lovers who live and breathe the theater. Chances are they'll relate to the theater camp experience.

-Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev-Not the most Glee-like book on the list, but readers who enjoy high theater will love this fantasy set behind the scenes.

-Drama! Series by Paul Ruditis-I have yet to read this series, but from the synopsis, it sounds perfect for Glee fans. Set in a superposh high school's drama club, there's drama, gossip, and romance, and more drama.

And of course, don't forget that Glee tie in novels will be heading your way soon!

Any other novels you'd suggest for a Glee reading list?

Suggested by readers: Castration Celebration by Jake Wizner-A satire of the high school musical-this one's for older YA. I have yet to read it, but the reviews have said it's very funny, so I'm sure Glee fans would enjoy.

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson-This I have read, so I've linked to my review. I don't know why I didn't think of it! It's a fun read with theater and romance.

Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford-The audiobook is hilarious and the humor is exactly what Glee fans are looking for.


  1. Ooh, great list! I'll have to check some of these out. I've been wanting to read Eyes Like Stars. I didn't know there were Glee books being released too.

    Loved the show tonight. So happy it's back on.

  2. Awesome list! I really want to read Dramarama and Eyes Like Stars. Didn't know about the Glee tie-ins.

    I LOVe My Most excellent Year. So great. Funny, with lots of heart. I would also say the It Chicks series (set a fine arts school, but none of them are music students, but some are theater students). Also Castration Celebration. HILARIOUS :)

  3. Well, since a lot of musicals are adaptations (of books, movies etc.) perhaps some of the origin books for musical songs featured on Glee?

  4. I LOVE Glee!! My heart skipped a few beats waiting the last few seconds before it came on tonight. Obsession. Anywho, those books sound great and I'm going to put some on hold at my library now!

  5. I heart Glee and have been chatting about the premiere all morning with students. A read-alike for the high school set might be Castration Celebration by Jake Wizner, perhaps?

  6. Thanks for this list! I have a teen friend looking for books like this! I was also thinking the Suite Scarlett books by Maureen Johnson would be great for Glee fans!

  7. Great list! I'll be on the look out for some of those.

  8. "Carter Finally Gets It" by Brent Crawford would be great for Glee fans. The audio for this book is also fantastic, I highly recommend!

  9. Kelnino-You're right! The audiobook is hilarious-love the narrator-and I'm sure Glee fans would get a kick out of it!:)

  10. Fantastic list!
    This would make a great display. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Older teens might enjoy "How I paid for college : a novel of sex, theft, friendship & musical theater" by Marc Acito.
    Yay Glee! Thanks for the great list :D

  12. The Glee companion novels are really popular at my library.

    In terms of non-fic, there's a new book by ECW press called "Don't Stop Believin': The Unofficial Guide to Glee. (I'm going to a launch party for it tomorrow - provided this cold I'm battling doesn't prevent me).


  13. Heya! My book, RIVAL, which comes out in Feb. 2011 is getting interest from Glee fans. Maybe it can be a summer Glee read-alike, to occupy Gleeks as they wait for the next season!

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