Last week, I decided to start watching Julie and the Phantoms on Netflix. Cut to roughly 4 hours later, I’d watched all nine episodes and immediately wanted more. So, as I listen to the soundtrack on repeat, I’ve turned to books to fill the void until the second season comes out. If you’re like me and absolutely loved this show, check out these book recommendations below!
Books to Read if You Can’t Stop Talking about Julie and the Phantoms
1. Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
I can’t think of a more fitting book to start this list than Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything. Like Julie, Sia is still dealing with the loss of her mother, but the universe holds infinite possibilities for both Sia and Julie. In Julie’s case, she meets the ghost boys of Sunset Curve and, through the music they perform together, feels connected to her mother once again. Sia, on the other hand, witnesses an alien spaceship crash in the desert of New Mexico, only for her mother to step out of the wreckage. Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything is a beautifully lyrical book that you don’t want to miss.
2. The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson
Just like the boys of Sunset Curve, July in The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried is (not-quite) dead. Granted, Luke, Reggie, and Alex are ghosts and July is more of a zombie but they all have some unfinished business that they have to confront before they can move on. The friendship between Dino and July is amazing and this book will make you laugh as well as cry, just like Julie and the Phantoms did.
3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Did you ship Willie and Alex the moment these two ghost boys were on screen together? Same! Their relationship was so heartfelt from the second that Willie ran into Alex on his skateboard. Similarly, Ari and Dante are two loners who meet at a pool one summer and form a special friendship which, as they discover important truths about themselves, grows into something more.
4. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Two words: Unsaid Emily. Now, every time I hear the words “first things first” I tear up a bit. Both Legendborn and Julie and the Phantoms are stories about loss the loss of a parent. If you’ve read Legendborn, you know that Bree’s own last moments with her mother are very similar to Luke’s with both of them wishing they could’ve had the chance to say goodbye. Oh dear, I’m getting misty-eyed writing this, but both of these are also stories of love with a little bit of magic.
5. Pop Princess by Rachel Cohn
Wonder never dreamed of being a teen idol that was always her older sister, Lucky’s wish. Lucky was on her way to becoming a pop star when she died, and Wonder and her family are still trying to recover from their loss. Like Julie, who feels a connection to her mother when she performs, Wonder uses music to cope with the death of her sister. But as she becomes more and more famous, she’ll realized that maybe being an ordinary teenage girl isn’t so bad after all.
6. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
What if you could never touch the person you loved? That is exactly the case for Stella and Will who both have cystic fibrosis and can’t be within six feet of one another. Now I know that that the reason Julie and Luke can’t touch is because he’s a ghost, but the longing that both of these couples feel, wishing that they could just hold hands, is very similar.