6 Book Recs Based on Your Favorite 90s Movie

Everyone has a favorite 90s movie. And while it may be tempting to watch that favorite movie again for the thousandth time, why not relive your love for it—in book form? These books are not only enjoyable to read, but might even find a special place in your heart for their similarity to these iconic movies of the past.

1. Clueless – Emma by Jane Austen

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Emma by Jane Austen follows the titular character, Emma Woodhouse, as she meddles in the love affair of her friend, Harriet Smith, and urges her to reject a marriage proposal from a suitor in hopes that she can secure a richer husband. Naturally, this leads to disastrous results.

Sound familiar? If you’ve seen Clueless, you may have already realized that the movie is, in fact, based loosely on Jane Austen’s 19th century book. If you enjoyed Cher’s wit, you will thoroughly enjoy Austen’s pointed satire.

But the best part of Clueless is most definitely Cher’s mixed relationship with her step-brother, Josh Lucas, and there is no lack of that same back-and-forth banter in Emma and Mr. Knightley. Mr. Knightley is the only one willing to tell Emma what he really thinks, repeatedly chiding her for meddling in other people’s business, much like Josh himself.

If that’s not enough to convince you to read the book, a new movie adaptation of Emma is set to release February 21 this year, and looks as comedic as Jane Austen intended. 

 

2. Titanic – These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

 

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These Broken Stars is a Young Adult sci-fi featuring Lilac and Trevor, strangers from different social classes that struggle to survive on a foreign planet after their ship, the Icarus, crashes. Think Titanic: but in space. And Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t die clinging to an iceberg.

The Icarus is a massive, Titanic-like ship, with its fair share of immensely rich, galactic socialites. Lilac herself is the daughter of the richest man of the universe, while Trevor is a poor war hero who turns his nose up at girls like Lilac. When they find themselves trapped together on the planet their ship crash-landed on, they instinctively hate each other. But only able to rely on each other to survive, their hatred slowly grows into a budding romance. 

These Broken Stars will make you swoon, cry, and possibly even throw your book across the room. If you love space, hate-turned-love, and Titanic, then this read is for you!

 

3. Groundhog Day – Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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Samantha Kingston, the protagonist of Before I Fall, is your everyday “mean girl.” Her social clique includes the most popular girls in school, her boyfriend is seemingly perfect, and her school days are spent bullying Juliet Sykes. But when a party goes astray, and Sam dies in a car accident, she gets stuck reliving the same day over and over again, in true Groundhog Day style.

Sam is certainly an unlikable character, but as the book progresses, she slowly corrects her mistakes. Before I Fall is a story about redemption, friendship, and the consequences of your actions. If you enjoyed the structure of Groundhog Day, you’ll love Lauren Oliver’s deft use of it in Before I Fall. 

 

 

4. Pretty Woman – Paper Princess by Erin Watts

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Paper Princess is a new adult novel following Ella Harper, a high school girl forced to work strip-clubs in order to pay for her schooling following her mother’s death, at the same time trying to convince her principal that she does in fact have a guardian looking after her. When Callum Royal, a wealthy friend of her father’s, swoops in to rescue her, Ella is indignant, but ultimately agrees to move into his home (or should I say, mansion). What she is not expecting is Callum’s five (very attractive) sons—all convinced she’s using their father for money, and hell-bent on driving her out. 

While Ella gives up her job as a stripper early on in the book, Paper Princess still explores sex work and the same rags-to-riches plot that Pretty Woman does. Like Vivian Ward, Ella is fiercely independent and isn’t put off by the Royal boys’ judgements of her. 

If you like reading about drama, hot boys, and fancy prep schools, be sure to add Paper Princess to your Goodreads TBR.

 

5. Scream – Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson

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I think the best part about Scream is that it’s difficult to differentiate the good guys from the bad ones. In fact, anyone could be masquerading as Ghostface, as we see later on in the movie. Confessions of a Murder Suspect gives readers that same feeling of uncertainty, making us question even the protagonist’s own narrative.

The book follows Tandy Angel in the days following her parents’ murders: of which Tandy and her siblings are the prime suspects. Despite this, Tandy sets out to uncover what truly happened that night in the hopes of proving her family innocent, but ends up discovering secrets about her parents along the way. This book will have you turning pages nonstop and will keep you guessing until the end.

 

6. 10 Things I Hate About You – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

'To All the Boys I've Loved Before'

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While Lara Jean Covey is no Kat Stratford, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has a similar fake-relationship-turned-real romance as the movie. All her life, Lara Jean has kept unsent letters to her many crushes, professing her love for them. When these letters get mistakenly sent out, Lara Jean is utterly humiliated, worried that her latest crush (who also happens to be her sister’s ex-boyfriend) will find out she has feelings for him. To prevent this, she starts pretend-dating Peter Kavinsky, her middle school crush and the recipient of one of her letters. But as the novel progresses, Lara Jean struggles to differentiate what’s real from what’s not.

This book is super cute, and will have you laughing aloud at Lara Jean’s awkwardness, all while swooning over Peter. If you loved the ups and downs of Kat and Patrick’s relationship in 10 Things I Hate About You, then you’re guaranteed to fall in love with Lara Jean and Peter.

 

 

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