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Young Adult Meets The Princess Bride

Two of my favorite things are book recommendations and pop culture mash-ups. I had a blast coming up with some mash-ups to blend young adult novels and Disney movies as well as YA Meets Friends and as I was thinking about The Princess Bride (as one does) and started coming up with recommendations for the characters. Before I knew it, my new post was already in the works!

YOUNG ADULT meets the princess bride

PRINCESS BUTTERCUP

First up, Princess Buttercup! I aimed to pick a few books about princesses in a jam or “commonplace” girls who got tangled up with royalty, and not always in the best way. I also, of course, had to include THE SCORPIO RACES for the girl who enjoys nothing more than riding her horse.

princess buttercup book recs

WESTLEY

Westley was a hard person to choose books for… I almost chose two adult books — RED SEAS UNDER RED SKIES by Scott Lynch (because pirates) and THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss (because wit, humor, craftsmanship, and dedication) but since this was The Princess Bride meets YA, I had to stick to that!

Westley book recs

  • Josef totally reminded me of Inigo and I loved the witty and clever leadership from Eli. Okay, this is technically adult but I felt like it read even lower than YA so I went with it! | THE SPIRIT THIEF by Rachel Aaron
  • The greatest love of all time, pulled apart and reunited | DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor
  • Perfecting a craft and learning to own up to a new role, including figuring out the politics of the corrupt “royalty” | SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo
  • Mostly dead… “What you got here that’s worth living for?”   “Truueeee loooveeee” | IF I STAY by Gayle Forman

INIGO MONTOYA

Inigo’s picks were solely badass main characters who are skillful and the best at what they do. Part assassin, part revenge, part loyal friend.

inigo book recs

  • The best at knife (sword) play | SCARLET by A.C. Gaughen
  • A badass assassin with a vengeful streak | THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas
  • A royal assassin and muscle who is simply the best but sometimes whose skills are abused based on who she works for | GRACELING by Kristin Cashore
  • Stealthy, skillful, on the war path | GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers

VIZZINI

I had to include one more set of book recommendations for Vizzini because they were just too good. Some of these were just easy ones to pick including some anti-heroes (even though Vizzini is really just an antagonist and not an anti-hero) but I thought he’d align well with these characters/crews! (I also cheated a bit since technically MISTBORN and VICIOUS are adult books but MISTBORN did get remarketed as YA and VICIOUS is just a great crossover).

vezzini book recs

  • Heading up a crew of the The Dregs | SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo
  • A leader of misfits whose final goals are not necessarily the most noble | MISTBORN by Brandon Sanderson
  • A lead who is tangled up in a few war games and dabbles in the grey areas | WHITE CAT by Holly Black
  • A story of utter revenge and ruthlessness to gain power | VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab

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The FRIENDS Book Tag

Thank goodness I hopped back on Bloglovin’ to check my feed and what was going on in the blogiverse! Nick from Nick’s Book Blog and Nereyda from Mostly YA Book Obsessed created a FRIENDS book tag whaaaaat! I’m a HUGE Friends fanatic — constantly quoting, always watching, pretty obsessed, consider it one of my fandoms — so I knew I had to jump on this because Friends + books?! I’ve done that one other time (Young Adult Meets Friends) and it was a dream! I’m so excited to get into this book tag so let’s goooo!


THE ONE WHERE EDDIE WON’T GO
a character we wish would go away

   

Well, this is a spoiler for those who haven’t read HER DARK CURIOSITY by Megan Shepherd yet, so if you don’t want spoilers, LOOK AWAY!
I was really upset to learn that Edward was back… randomly? Like, why are you still in this series??? I was frustrated with this love square that happened in book one and thought things were resolved and then there was a major love triangle in book two — which doesn’t always bother me — but this one really, really did. I was really hoping Edward wouldn’t be back but sadly, he’s important to the series.

THE ONE WHERE ROSS AND RACHEL WERE ON A BREAK
most painful breakup

   

I don’t know if it counts as a “break-up” but UGHHHHH the tension and miscommunications and WHAT IS HAPPENING with Kestrel and Arin!?!? (THE WINNER’S CURSE, CRIME) These two KILL me but also kind of in a good way? What if they don’t get a happy ending? Will a happily ever after feel right after all of this?
(Also, I don’t EVER watch the Ross/Rachel break-up episodes anymore. It’s so painful to watch and it makes me mad/anxious just watching haha! They’re my least favorite episodes.)

THE ONE WTH ALL THE KISSING
favorite kiss scene or book with a lot of kissing

   

Ooooh this is really hard! I think ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS might be my favorite kiss? The build-up is just so enormous that it’s like “Ahhhh finally!” when it happens! But I’ll say a book with a lot of kissing — WHEN JOSS MET MATT by Ellie Cahill (aka Liz Czukas). That book was SO much fun and just the perfect book for me, especially as someone who is very wary of new adult. It was absolutely wonderful!

THE LAST ONE
our favorite ‘end of series’ book

  

Ooh this is hard one. I think I’ll say INTO THE STILL BLUE by Veronica Rossi! It was one of the first series I finished that I just felt so satisfied with the ending and was SO happy with the way it closed. I also loved RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo BUT I was too excited for that book and rushed through it so I could finish the trilogy so I need to re-read it to really “solidify” my feelings 😉

THE ONE WITH THE BLACKOUT
a moment in a book we wish we could forget or never happened

   

I’ve read ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS three times now and each time I just CRINGE when Anna gets drunk and has that big fight with St. Clair. It’s just SO hard to watch (partially because I’ve been in that situation before) and I just feel so, so bad for both of them when it happens. It’s so terribly awkward and awful but so realistic!

THE ONE WHERE CHANDLER CAN’T CRY
a book that didn’t affect us emotionally like it did other readers

  

This one would be LADY THIEF by A.C. Gaughen. Everyone flipped their lids when I started to read SCARLET and then even more so when I started LADY THIEF. It was great that they were so excited for me but SO many people were hyping it (unintentionally) all at the same time that it got overwhelming and SO many people told me I would cry reading LADY THIEF so I was wondering what could possibly happen the whole time. Basically, the THING wasn’t a shock to me at all because it was one of my hypotheses about the crying and therefore, I didn’t really feel very emotional about it at all.

THE ONE WHERE JOEY DOESN’T SHARE FOOD
a book we won’t share
(isn’t a title but whatever)**

   

(** said by Nick & Nereyda —  I’m not calling them out haha!)
Hmmm. I guess I can say The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer! I’m a huge, huge, huge fan but for some reason I’m very greedy about the fandom haha! When I see someone else raving about the books, I’m like “No, this is MY series” (which it’s totally not. I wasn’t even close to being the first of my friends to start it). It’s so silly that I don’t want to share it because I DO share it all the time! I want people to read the books because they are so amazing and I actually DID loan these books out to my friend Lisa who read them for the first time this year… But I guess I don’t want anyone to out-fan me haha! It’s so incredibly silly, but there you have it.

THE ONE WITH THE THUMB
a book you would give two thumbs up to

 

There are SO many really but I’ll go with THE NAME OF THE WIND and THE WISE MAN’S FEAR by Patrick Rothfuss. I’m new to this fandom but holy wow, these books are amazing. I just fell head over heels for this series and these characters and really everything about these books!

THE ONE WITH THE ICK FACTOR
a book pet peeve or a book that has a pet peeve

Oooh that’s a hard one. Cheating is definitely a big one — I have a very hard time with characters who cheat on their significant others — and I’d say another one is naïve characters or ones with a very young voice. I really can’t handle books like that. Even some middle grade characters have a higher level of functioning than some YA protagonists who come off young. I usually DNF those books pretty quickly though.

THE ONE WITH THE LESBIAN WEDDING
a favorite book with an LGBTQ couple

        

The first ones that really pop into my head are Addison and Laurel from HARMONIC and RESONANCE by Erica O’Rourke and I also loved Kevin and his new boyfriend in EMMY & OLIVER! The relationships were so well done and it was great to see these characters with confidence and also support of those around them! I loved how natural the relationships felt too.


Hooray! What a fun tag! Thanks again to Nick & Nereyda for the awesome idea! I had a blast. If you’re a FRIENDS fan, I really hope you’ll also check out my own Friends-themed post, Young Adult Meets Friends!

This is the part where I tag other people to join in the fun so I have to tag my FRIENDS friends Alyssa, Andi, Lauren, and Kiki! And of course if you see this post, join in on the fun!

Young Adult Meets Friends

YAmeetsFRIENDS

I have loved Friends for a long time now — in fact, I’ve become a little obsessed. It’s hard to believe the show has been off the air for ten years and yet there are still so many diehard fans out there! I’m always watching re-runs and I used to fall asleep to Friends every night. Just recently, my husband (who has always been a Seinfeld fan) has really been getting into the Friends re-runs when we catch them on TV and of course we have the introduction of the show to Netflix (which promptly instigated binge-watches of the entire show amongst many of my friends)!

I had a blast with my Young Adult Meets Disney post (which actually went a little different than this post) and I really just love mashing up books and pop culture. I had the idea to use Friends as the inspiration for another mash-up and after much brainstorming, you’ll see my carefully crafted picks below!

YA BOOKS AS DESCRIBED BY FRIENDS TITLES

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YA BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE FRIENDS

THE ONE WITH THE FANTASY BUZZ

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

FRIEND MOST LIKELY TO ENJOY IT: Ross Gellar

Where to Find It: Amazon | Goodreads | Review

friends_dots_borderTHE ONE WITH THE SUPERHEROES

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

FRIEND MOST LIKELY TO ENJOY IT:  Joey Tribbiani

Where to Find It: Amazon | Goodreads | Review

friends_dots_borderTHE ONE WITH THE FEMALE UNDERCOVER AGENT

Also Known As by Robin Benway

FRIEND MOST LIKELY TO ENJOY IT: Chandler Bing

Where to Find It: Amazon | Goodreads | Review

friends_dots_borderTHE ONE WITH THE PSYCHICS

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

FRIEND MOST LIKELY TO ENJOY IT: Phoebe Buffay

Where to Find It: Amazon | Goodreads | Review

friends_dots_borderTHE ONE WHERE SHE GOT ON THE TRAIN

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

FRIEND MOST LIKELY TO ENJOY IT: Rachel Green

Where to Find It: Amazon | Goodreads | Review

friends_dots_borderTHE ONE WITH THE COMPETITIVE SPIRIT

On the Fence by Kasie West

FRIEND MOST LIKELY TO ENJOY IT: Monica Gellar

Where to Find It: Amazon | Goodreads | Review

friends_dots_border So what do YOU think? Which YA books would you match up with Friends episode titles? What books would you recommend for the Friends? And aren’t you sort of craving a Friends YA retelling?!

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