It’s not going to be easy to wait for the next season of 13 Reasons Why. But instead of embarking on another binge fest to catch small things you might have missed or reading the books and obsessing over Hannah, it might be a better idea to find books similar to 13 Reasons Why. That way, you keep yourself in the mood to learn more secrets of the kids from Crestmont, but you don’t overindulge so much that you ruin your appetite for more. Like a lot of things in life, the key is moderation.
Also, it’s almost summertime, so you’re going to want to stock up on some good books to read by the pool anyway, and books like 13 Reasons Why are the epitome of a “beach read.” There’s mystery, intrigue, romance, and a lot of the ones on this list are “young adult” books, like 13 Reasons Why, so they’re aren’t too dense for a sunny day. That doesn’t mean they’re simple — at all. But we don’t have to tell you that.
13 Reasons Why captured a lot of what it feels like to be a teenager and deal with loss. Here are some books that do the same.
Barrico is a pretty prolific Italian author and only some of his books have been translated into English. Luckily, Emmaus is one of them. This book is about four Italian teen boys who are, much like Clay and everyone, trying to figure out why their enigmatic friend Andre jumped into a river. This will fill the void that both 13 Reasons Why and the Elena Ferrante Neopolitan Novels left in your book-loving heart.
3Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz
This award-winning novel follows Aristotle, who has a brother in prison and bad attitude about life, and Dante, another misfit, and their friendship.
4 Paper Towns, John Green
5Go Ask Alice, Anonymous
This book is dark, but a must-read. It follows a teen on her spiral into addiction after trying LSD at a party and ends, ultimately in…well, no spoilers.