YA Book Recommendations Based on Your Favourite 2000s Teen TV Show

Welcome back to A Little Shelf-Righteous! Since my book recommendations based on Gilmore Girls and The Vampire Diaries were so popular, I decided to continue giving recommendations based on TV shows. 2000s TV shows are definitely my guilty pleasure, so that’s my focus today — all the shows in the post either ended or started their run in the 2000s.

1. If you liked Gossip Girl, read Clean by Juno Dawson

I can feel it swimming through my veins like glitter … it’s liquid gold.

When socialite Lexi Volkov almost overdoses, she thinks she’s hit rock bottom.

She’s wrong. Rock bottom is when she’s forced into an exclusive rehab facility.

From there, the only way is up for Lexi and her fellow inmates, including the mysterious Brady.

As she faces her demons, Lexi realises love is the most powerful drug of all … 

It’s a dirty business getting clean … 

For those that enjoyed Gossip Girl’s glimpse into high society and the ruination of the privileged . . .

2. If you liked One Tree Hill, read The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

Norris Kaplan is clever, cynical, and quite possibly too smart for his own good. A black French Canadian, he knows from watching American sitcoms that those three things don’t bode well when you are moving to Austin, Texas. Plunked into a new high school and sweating a ridiculous amount from the oppressive Texas heat, Norris finds himself cataloging everyone he meets: the Cheerleaders, the Jocks, the Loners, and even the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Making a ton of friends has never been a priority for him, and this way he can at least amuse himself until it’s time to go back to Canada, where he belongs.

Yet, against all odds, those labels soon become actual people to Norris. Be it loner Liam, who makes it his mission to befriend Norris, or Madison the beta cheerleader, who is so nice that it has to be a trap. Not to mention Aarti the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, who might, in fact, be a real love interest in the making. He even starts playing actual hockey with these Texans.

But the night of the prom, Norris screws everything up royally. As he tries to pick up the pieces, he realizes it might be time to stop hiding behind his snarky opinions and start living his life—along with the people who have found their way into his heart.

For those that enjoyed One Tree Hill’s efforts at breaking down high school stereotypes and teenage angst . . .

3. If you liked Dawson’s Creek, read Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington

Sidney and Asher should have clicked. Two star swimmers forced to spend their summers on a lake together sounds like the perfect match. But it’s the same every year—in between cookouts and boat rides and family-imposed bonfires, Sidney and Asher spend the dog days of summer finding the ultimate ways to prank each other. And now, after their senior year, they’re determined to make it the most epic summer yet. 

But their plans are thrown in sudden jeopardy when their feud causes their families to be kicked out of their beloved lake houses. Once in their new accommodations, Sidney expects the prank war to continue as usual. But then she gets a note—Meet me at midnight. And Asher has a proposition for her: join forces for one last summer of epic pranks, against a shared enemy—the woman who kicked them out. 

Their truce should make things simpler, but six years of tormenting one another isn’t so easy to ignore. Kind of like the undeniable attraction growing between them.

For those that enjoyed Dawson’s Creek’s lakeside vibes and the hate to love relationship between Pacey and Joey . . .

4. If you liked The O.C., read Paper Princess by Erin Watt

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. 

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

For those that enjoyed The O.C.’s family dynamics and someone moving from the wrong side of the tracks into a world of wealth . .

5. If you liked Veronica Mars, read All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth

In the last day of summer, Grace Fairchild, the beautiful young wife of real estate mogul Allister Calloway, vanished from the family’s lake house without a trace, leaving behind her seven-year old daughter, Charlie, and a slew of unanswered questions.

Years later, seventeen-year-old Charlie still struggles with the dark legacy of her family name and the mystery surrounding her mother. Determined to finally let go of the past, she throws herself into life at Knollwood, the prestigious New Englandschool she attends. Charlie quickly becomes friends with Knollwood’s “it” crowd.

Charlie has also been tapped by the A’s—the school’s elite secret society well known for terrorizing the faculty, administration, and their enemies. To become a member of the A’s, Charlie must play The Game, a semester-long, diabolical high-stakes scavenger hunt that will jeopardize her friendships, her reputation, even her place at Knollwood.

As the dark events of past and present converge, Charlie begins to fear that she may not survive the terrible truth about her family, her school, and her own life.

For those that enjoyed Veronica Mars’ 09er characters and tense mysteries . . .

6. If you liked Charmed, read Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown. 

For those that liked Charmed’s magical elements and the complex relationships between sisters . . .

7. If you liked Buffy the Vampire Slayer, read Slayer by Kiersten White

Into every generation a Slayer is born…

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

For those that liked Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s range of supernatural creatures and the witty humour . . .

Let me know your favourite 2000s show in the replies or your favourite couple!Mine is definitely Spuffy (Spike and Buffy). If you’d like a second part to this, be sure to mention the TV shows I should include in my next post.

read it and weep,

21 replies on “YA Book Recommendations Based on Your Favourite 2000s Teen TV Show”

Not bad at all! These past few years I’ve been on such a 2000s binge though, I’m still working my way through the many seasons of One Tree Hill and Charmed. I’d definitely recommend giving some of them a shot.


Omg what a cool list of recommendations! I’m definitely going to be checking out the ones for Gossip Girl and Buffy!
Definitely do a part 2 (except I have no idea what shows to recommend you – maybe Gilmore Girls, Fresh Prince of Bel- Air, and Alias?)

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Glad you liked the list! I can’t recommend these books enough – especially Clean. I loved that one.

And ooh, I’ve never heard of Alias, but I’ll look into it. Fresh Prince is definitely a good idea. I have a recommendations post for Gilmore Girls already posted too.


Ooh, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I’ve yet to actually finish One Tree Hill because I have to watch it on my phone (I wish they’d add it to Netflix!) but it’s a fast favourite of mine already.

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Buffy is definitely one of my favourites too. I only watched it for the first time a few years ago, but it holds a special place in my heart. I read Slayer last year and it was so good — I was apprehensive because I didn’t know if anything could capture the classic Buffy humour, but it did!


ooh love the Charmed/Three Dark Crowns comp; I love both of those things!! Also definitely intrigued about Juno Dawson’s book now; I enjoyed the first couple seasons of Gossip Girl even though I’d never read the books. Maybe I should give the show another try…really enjoyed this post 🙂


Ooh, this post is so fun!! To be completely honest, I haven’t seen most of the shows on this list, but I’m definitely going to check out the books you recommended! Great post 💕

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this is such an amazing post, i’m shaking because these shows are so special to me and now i have book rec’s based on them :’) especially Dawson’s Creek!!! that show drives me absolutely insane because so much of the drama makes zero sense, but I love it anyway lol XD

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