Let’s face it, the characters in “Stranger Things” are extremely busy trying to save their town—and the world—from The Upside Down. But, you have to imagine they find time to kick back with a good book once in a while. Check out these theories as to what their reading.
Which Book Would Your Favorite “Stranger Things” Character Read?
1. Eleven – How We Became Wicked by Alexander Yates
Knowing Eleven’s experience with being a test subject at the Hawkins National Laboratory, it isn’t hard to imagine her relating to a group of people infected by a plague brought by ultraviolet mosquito-like insects called The Wicked. Despite The Wicked’s desire to hurt those left “safe” from the plague, Eleven is sure to have compassion for people put in this impossible position. She’d certainly be right beside Astrid, Hank, and Natalie (the characters of the novel) as they discover the nuanced similarities between The Wicked, The True, and The Vexed and attempt to make things right.
2. Mike – This Might Hurt a Bit by Doogie Horner
Mike cares about his friends a lot, and his dedication to finding Will in Season 1 is a testament to that. However, his own emotions get in his way often, which makes This Might Hurt a Bit a perfect read. Swinging between dealing with the loss of the main character Kirby’s sister and the hilarious prank he and his friends decide to pull, Mike totally relate to the range of emotions that comes with being a young adult dealing with difficult situations but still wanting normalcy.
3. Lucus – Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash
Lucus (along with Dustin, but we’ll get to that) clearly loves love. He’s also a sucker for the latest technology, as is evident from his love of the totally rad radio equipment the boys get from Mr. Clarke. Were he in the 21st century, he’s totally be all over dating apps, making Virtually Yours a top pick. Not only does he get his sweet romance that he may be too embarrassed to talk about with his friends—I don’t know, they seem like pretty cool guys who would support him, but still—but he’d also get the complexities of adding technology to the mix. My only question is who he’d root for Mariam to end up with after she starts her VR dating experience: her ex Caleb, or her new friend Jeremy.
4. Dustin – Love From A to Z by S. K. Ali
As was previously hinted, Dustin is also a big romancer. He’s also incredibly devoted to what’s right and fair. Enter Adam and Zayneb of Love From A to Z who are also devoted to keeping the people they love happy and making the world a more just place. And of course, there’s their chance meeting in an airport, which Dustin would love being a true romantic. Knowing he admires things that are cute (and sometimes not so cute, in the case of the baby Demogorgon) he’ll love this sweet romance.
5. Will – Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells
Of course Will would be totally into a story about a girl who will stop at nothing to save her girlfriend from the agents of the emperor who kidnapped her. The being-an-apprentice-to-a-dragon-trainer is also a huge plus for Will. Overall, we’ve only just started learning about Will from his own words rather than what everyone around him says. But we do know this: he is super brave in the face of scary situations, which makes it easy for him to identify not only with Kaia who has been taken, but with Maren who is on the mission to find her.