Hello all! As I mentioned in my last post, I feel like a lot of talk about “relatable” books, without really going into the *whys and wherefores*. So, today, I’m going to do just that! To avoid making this list ridiculously long, I’m going to keep this list short, sticking to books I found relatable for multiple reasons. Let’s get right into it!
Isla and the Happily Ever After– I related so much to Isla as a character: she’s shy, awkward and (unlike other characters in the series) doesn’t have everything figured out. Most importantly, I really got her sappy, romantic attitude… and simultaneous struggle to accept good things happening. It’s like this character was written just for me! Also, I reread this recently, and I was shocked by how much I still related, despite how much older I am since I first read it (which I guess says a lot about my maturity 😉).
Cress– okay, no, an evil witch-queen doesn’t keep me hostage in a space station. And okay, no, I didn’t fall to earth with a handsome stranger… But I did really relate to this character’s romantic outlook and her geeky out-of-step personality.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean– Lara Jean is the kind of down to earth character that lots of us relate to. And her family bonds come across as very realistic. For me, the part that hit close to home was how it dealt with the process of getting into uni. It didn’t give us the typical sunshine and roses version- which I feel a lot of us will get. I loved how this didn’t have things go according to plan and how it spoke to the struggle of growing up. Surprisingly, this fluffy YA had a more mature response to the topic.
Radio Silence– this is one of those rare books that *frequently* gets the moniker “relatable”, because there’s so much about it that’s realistic and familiar. Apart from capturing the way teens talk, this also highlights significant aspects of what it’s like to be a young person in Britain today. Loads of people talk about liking how this brings up fandoms, internet culture, creativity and so much more! Personally, I liked how it handled the topic of uni. So often, including in books, it’s hyped up, which can be tough if the whole journey doesn’t quite live up to expectations. This narrative shows us the many sides of the stories that don’t get told- and I loved it for that.
Little Women– there’s a lot I love about Little Women– I love the sisterhood, the family and the romances. But one of the things that makes this story so close to my heart is how much I relate to (and aspire to be like) Jo. I feel like this is something many, many aspiring writers will get. Her story encapsulates the highs of falling in love with writing… and the lows. What I love is how this shows us the difficulty of staying true to your art and not selling your soul to be published. It’s very idealistic- but that’s something I very much appreciate about this story.
Eliza and Her Monsters– speaking of creativity, Eliza’s story centres on her web comic. I related to this for a few reasons- not just what it feels like to make friends on the internet, but also what it’s like to get the sense of an ending and the endeavour to execute it well. I also liked how this explored mental health (and will admit parts of that hit close to the bone).
Shadow of the Wind– this one’s a little less personal, because Shadow of the Wind is one of those rare books that I feel *everyone* that loves reading will be able to relate to. Zafon beautifully captures that feeling you have when you fall in love with reading that we all relate to (partly by making you fall in love with his book 😉). That’s why I recommend all readers give this a try!
And that’s all for now! Did you relate to any of these as well? What books did you find really relatable? Let me know in the comments!