Read Through the Pain: 5 YA Books to Help You Survive Your Favorite TV Show's Hiatus

I know it’s easy to get distracted by all the holiday-themed media filling up the airwaves right now. And even though that movie about the small town baker making the grumpy real estate developer fall in love and feel the real spirit of the season is all well and good, you’re probably still impatiently waiting for your regularly scheduled programing to come back—perhaps even after a doozy of a midseason finale. Fear not! Here’s a list of some awesome books to hold you over until some of your favorite shows return from their hiatus next year.

If you're craving some Shondaland-esque thrill and intrigue a la How to Get Away with Murder, try:

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On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who's still on the loose?

If there are Sam- and Dean-shaped holes in your heart and it seems like an eternity until you're reunited with the Winchester brothers on Supernatural, you might want to check out:

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Rhett always thought that death was the end of everything. But after he dies, he discovers it’s only the beginning.

He awakens in the afterlife and is immediately recruited to join the crew of the Harbinger, a colossal seafaring vessel tasked with ferrying the souls of the dead. To where exactly, no one knows. But they must get them there, and they have to protect them from vicious soul-eating monsters that will stop at nothing to take the ship and all of its occupants.

Rhett and his new friends have a hard enough time fighting back the monsters that grow bolder and more ferocious every day. But then a new threat emerges, a demon who wants something that Rhett has. And if she gets it, it could mean the end of everything... for both the living and the dead.

If you're sobbing more than usual because you don't get to check in with the Pearsons on This Is Us, you'll crave the family drama in:

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Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story. Ranee, worried that her children are losing their Indian culture; Sonia, wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair; Tara, seeking the limelight to hide her true self; Shanti, desperately trying to make peace in the family; Anna, fighting to preserve her Bengali identity.

If you think the Riverdale midseason break is cruel and unusual punishment, you'll find solace in:

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When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move in with her grandfather, back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her.

All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. As the threats gain momentum, Ky finds an unlikely ally in the annoyingly attractive rookie FBI agent sent to keep an eye on her.

Determined to expose the town's hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herself into a much bigger plot. They thought she’d forgive and forget. They’re about to learn they messed with the wrong girl.

If you're missing the relatable feminist sass and nostalgia of the Hormone Monster on Big Mouth, take a peek at:

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Vivian Carter’s mom was a Riot Grrrl in the 1990s, but now she and Viv live a pretty quiet life in a small Texas town. When Viv witnesses a series of sexist incidents at her high school, she takes a page from her mom’s past and makes a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. Viv is just blowing off steam, but before she knows it, she’s started a revolution.

Your turn, Swooners! Which TV shows are you desperately waiting for to return, and which books are helping you cope? Share in the comments!

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Liz O.

Brooklyn resident, sarcasm connoisseur, pop culture junkie, food obsessed. I am on the editorial board for Swoon, binge reading manuscripts …

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