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A Broadway Buff's Guide to YA (Part II)

There’s a whole new season of theater to enjoy, which means my weeknights have been taken over by pre-show Thai food dinners (give me ALL the noodles) and late night train rides home (give me ALL the post-noodle, post-theater naps).

With Tony nominations just around the corner, it’s time to revisit my two favorite topics—Broadway shows and YA novels! Which musicals go best with some of the amazing YA novels the publishing world has to offer? Look no further!

If you love “My Fair Lady,” read No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista


A young woman is taken under the wing of a rich man with enough confidence to power a small car. Sound familiar? If you love the “plucked from obscurity to become fancy” trope like we do, you’ll adore No Love Allowed. It’s like “My Fair Lady,” but significantly less sexist (and with fewer Cockney accents).

If you love “The Prom,” read How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom by S.J. Goslee or A Prom to Remember by Sandy Hall


Craving a spin on the classic prom story? “The Prom” centers on a group of spoiled Broadway stars who travel to a small Midwestern town to help a queer teen take her girlfriend to prom. How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom centers on a boy-boy promposal. Could this pairing BE any more perfect? Want your prom story remixed even further? Check out A Prom to Remember by Sandy Hall, which offers seven different prom POVs.

If you love “Waitress,” read Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman


Does your mouth water at the first notes of “Sugar, butter, flour?” US TOO. If you want your romance with a dash of aspirational baked goods, you’re going to adore Kissing Max Holden. Don’t blame us if you only eat chocolate chip cookies for the next few weeks!

What have you read recently that called to mind a favorite musical? Tell us in the comments below! And don't miss Part I and Part III!

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Kat Brzozowski

Native New Hampshirite. Broadway musical nerd. Work team softball slugger. Embroidery aficionado. I’m one part Ramona, one part the monkeys …

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