“High School Musical” is a 2006 Disney movie that became a huge hit and spawned an entire franchise, including books, films, comics, video games and television shows. If you’re a huge fan of the franchise, you are sure to love at least one of these books.
1. “Better Nate Than Ever”
“Better Nate Than Ever” is one of a series of books written by Tim Federle about life growing up as a theater kid. Young Nate dreams of starring in a Broadway show but despairs ever making it while stuck in the small town of Jankburg, Pennsylvania. Nate and his best friend Libby hatch a plot to escape to New York City to attend the open casting call for “E.T.: The Musical.” Hijinks ensue.
2. “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda”
This novel by Becky Albertalli tells the story of closeted gay teen Simon Spier. Simon’s secret is put in jeopardy thanks to an email that ends up in the wrong hands and he gets blackmailed by another student as a result. Part love story and part coming-out tale, this charming novel has a lot to love for fans of teen shows and queer kids struggling with their identities.
3. “The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik”
Noah Oakman is a sixteen-year-old who sees his world suddenly change after getting hypnotized in this novel by Noah Hypnotik. His mother suddenly has a scar that wasn’t there before. His best friend has jumped ship from DC to Marvel. His old dog no longer limps. This surreal story tells a tale of how people often hurt their friends without realizing it and how friends stick together anyway.
4. “From Twinkle, With Love”
Twinkle Mehra wants to be a filmmaker. This book by Sandhya Menon follows the story of what happens when film geek Sahil Roy asks Twinkle to direct a movie for the Summer Festival. Not only is she thrilled to have a chance to direct a film, but she also hopes to get closer to Sahil’s brother Neil, who she has been crushing on forever. Much to her surprise, she ends up falling in love with Sahil instead.
5. “You’d Be Mine”
Fans of Taylor Swift may enjoy this story about a young country music star named Annie Mathers. This book by Erin Hahn follows Annie’s story as she attempts to navigate stardom while recovering from her parents’ tragic death. To make matters more complicated, she is also being pursued for the summer tour of superstar Clay Coolidge who needs Annie’s wholesomeness to help rehabilitate his bad-boy image. Annie eventually agrees to join the tour and romance drama isn’t far behind.
6. “All of This Is True”
This novel by Lygia Day Penaflor follows the story of Miri Tan and her friends. They are big fans of author Fatima Ro and they have a plan to use a book signing to get close to her.
These books have all the teen angst and hijinks any fan of “High School Musical” could hope for. Whether you are looking for a coming-of-age tale or a fun summer romance, there is something here for everyone.