Give me ! Give me ! Give me ! Books like MAMMA MIA!
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I have been looking for books like Mom Mia! all my life. I always joke that I watched Mom Mia! too many times in my formative years and that’s why I’m obsessed with Pierce Brosnan in white linen pants, ABBA and literally every musical that has ever been made. My birthday after the movie was released was Mom Mia!– themed, with plastered plates and napkins and everything. I spoke during the whole movie. How my friends remained my friends after that, I have no idea.
I am known in my workplace to recommend Mom Mia! to anyone with whom I come into contact. It will forever be my lasting mark on this world and I can die happy to know it. Everyone deserves to watch the weird nodding dance Pierce Brosnan does while Donna and the Dynamos sing “Super Trouper”. Everyone. And you haven’t known the joy if you haven’t seen Meryl Streep (and Lily James) strolling around a Greek island, dressed in overalls and singing ABBA songs. It is the height of joy. I am firmly in Pierce Brosnan’s Singing Was Not That Bad camp and resent all the critics who said it was because of his lack of vocals in Mom Mia! Here we go again was a travesty. Some people don’t know how to have fun.
For all you comrade Mom Mia! Cinematic Universe (MMCU) enthusiasts, here are some books like Mom Mia! try his luck.
Here we are now from Jasmine Warga
Sam Carmichael. Harry Luminous. Bill Anderson. If Sophie wants to find her father, until writing letters to him or … to them at the beginning of Mom Mia! is what you are looking for, try Here we are now. The main character, Taliah, receives a visit from his previously absent rock star father and drops it all to find out. In Sophie’s mirror, by the time Tal’s mother finds out, it will be too late. She hopes, as her counterpart in Mamma Mia hoped, that everything will fall into place. But meeting her father is not exactly what she had hoped for. Not everyone ends up with three dads willing to take a third in the end.
Girls Like Us by Randi Pink
Are you, as I am often accused, obsessed with the 70s? Are you drawn to the way young Donna is coping with her surprise pregnancy in Mom Mia! Here we go again? Try Girls like us by Randi Rose. It explores the experience of four young girls facing unplanned pregnancies in 1972. It’s more adolescent, more realistic, and with fewer overalls for sure, but nonetheless worth a read if you want more of the realistic side of it. what a young pregnancy looked like 50 years ago. Not everyone is lucky enough to be Donna Sheridan who lives on an old farmhouse picking oranges from the tree day in and day out.
The Disenchantments of Nina LaCour
If the night, and one night only, of Donna and the Dynamos has captivated you, try Disenchantments by Nina LaCour. Colby and Bev hit the road, playing with Bev’s band in run-down locations in the Pacific Northwest as college and their impending end loom. It’s bittersweet as the couple reflect on what’s to come. As Donna says, however, life is short and the world is large, and girls will soon find out that it is important to make memories.
Katrina Leno’s Summer of Salt
If the rumored Kalokairi of Aphrodite’s love water island has caught your eye, but you want something stranger and even more magical, give it a try The summer of salt. The gloomy weather, potions and age-old birds are just the start of a strange summer on By-The-Sea Island. It’s the end of the world atmosphere of Kalokairi with magic cast over the top. It’s moving, impactful and so beautiful. If you see the wonder of a fairy tale, you will love this dream world.
Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding
If you want a taste of Donna’s diary without Sophie’s dot dot dot dot edit, try the classic, still charming. Bridget Jones Diary. A young lady, Bridget, trying and missing love while being absolutely hilarious and a little cranky and a lot a little relatable? His relationship with two men is recounted in this diary-style novel with a large number of characters from friends and family. If you haven’t yet, why not give it a try by reading this? You will be just as invested in someone else’s love life as Sophie’s friends were in Donna’s. Or, maybe more. Sophie’s interpretation left out a lot.
Only largely devastated by Sophie Gonzales
I’ve always been loyal to the Sam team. To my Sam fan friends, or if you enjoyed Donna’s insta-love summer adventure which turned out not to be so happy after all, Only largely devastated is perfect for you. Ghost after a summer adventure, an emergency in Ollie’s family forces him to move across the country. Too bad his ghost of love, Will, is in the same school he is moving to. Dealing with someone who suddenly broke your heart right there in your space all the time? Ollie (and Donna) know how difficult it is to deal with this. At least there aren’t any goat bars or bagpipes here. Just hours of lunch and music lessons and a resolution not to let Will come back under his skin. But, then there are those angel eyes.
Hot British Boyfriend by Kristy Boyce
If you liked Donna’s (and her mother’s) romances abroad, especially Harry Headbanger’s spontaneous summer script, take Hot british boyfriend. In an attempt to get a Harry-style “sexy British boyfriend”, Ellie makes a deal with her classmate Dev to learn how to win her crush. Sightseeing tours across England, whirlwind romance and a journey of self-discovery and acceptance await. Give me ! Give me ! Give me !
The loose ends list by Carrie Firestone
For all the Young Bill fans obsessed with the little heel / toe dance he does while singing “Why Did It Have to Be Me?” and his boat, The list of loose ends is a cruise ship exploration of family, friends and first love. Torn apart from her summer plans when her dying grandmother forces her family on a cruise, Maddie begins the journey with a vow to remove every drop of life. It’s funny and it’s sad, a bit like both Mom Mia! movies (I cry every time I watch the “Slipping Through My Fingers” and “My Love, My Life” scenes). How sorrows come and go for Maddie, but she learns that she will dance again too.
You want more than these books like Mom Mia! all of you dancing queens? Check out this list of YA books set in the 1970s or those YA books about music!