If you like 13 Reasons Why . . .

Updated: May 8, 2017

If you love the TV series 13 Reasons Why, here are some read-alike books.

Book cover for Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park
Rowell, Rainbow.
Call Number: YA

Eleanor is the awkward new girl in school and she finds herself sitting next to Park on the school bus. An uneasy friendship forms and eventually blossoms into first love. Their relationship, fueled by attraction, a mutual love of music and comic books becomes a safe haven for Eleanor in the midst of her unstable family life. A perfectly imperfect vignette of first love.

Book cover for Fans of the Impossible Life
Fans of the Impossible Life
Scelsa, Kate.
Call Number: YA

Also available for download as an e-book

Also available for download as an e-audiobook

Three misfits become friends and form a unique bond over the course of the school year that tests their friendship as well as themselves when Sebby and Mira invite Jeremy into their intimate circle. Jeremy is starting the new school at St. Francis a year after a bullying incident that shined a glaring light on him and his two dads. Lovely, highly individualized and beautifully realized characters centering around Jeremy, a misfit whose previous school year ended with a homophobic bullying incident after he suggested there were gay themes in The Great Gatsby.

Book cover for I was here
I was here
Forman, Gayle.
Call Number: YA

When Cody's estranged best friend kills herself, Cody agrees to collect her things from college and comes to discover her best friend in ways she wasn't aware through her roommates, her computer and the life she'd created for herself.

Book cover for It's kind of a funny story
It's kind of a funny story
Vizzini, Ned, 1981-2013.

Depressed and unable to bear the pressure of performing academically, Craig, a New York City teen, accidentally checks himself into a mental hospital after almost killing himself. Once there, he'll meet a strange cast of characters who will help him to discover who he is and what he wants.

Book cover for Looking for Alaska
Looking for Alaska
Green, John

When Miles enters Culver Creek Boarding School and encounters the gorgeous and enigmatic Alaska nothing will ever the same. She invites Miles into her world but never close enough into her life, creating an even bigger enigma in her wake.

Book cover for More happy than not
More happy than not
Silvera, Adam, 1990-
Call Number: YA

Aaron is just a regular teenager in the Bronx with a girlfriend, and a growing friendship with a new kid, Thomas. He’s confused about his feelings and what he wants, and thinks that the Leteo Institute’s memory altering surgery might be just what he needs to be happy--or not.



Book cover for The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Chbosky, Stephen

High school freshman Charlie writes a series of letters, to whom we don't know. In them he details his life as a wallflower, struggling to fit in, finding comfort in an odd new circle of friends.

Maciel, Amanda.
Call Number: YA

Told from the bully’s point of view, Sara’s life is turned upside down when she and her friends are charged with a crime for bullying Emma, who ultimately committed suicide. Ostracized from her friends, forced into meetings with her lawyer and a therapist, Sara reflects on the past year and her role in the escalating harassment and shaming that led Emma to kill herself. 

Book cover for The truth about Alice
The truth about Alice
Mathieu, Jennifer.
Call Number: YA

Told from multiple perspectives of students at a Texas high school, this is a story about Alice. Her story begins with a rumor that she slept with two boys at a party last summer. But the rumor doesn’t end there, it escalates and ostracizes her until her classmates are holding her accountable for the car accident that killed the school quarterback at which point the bullying spirals out of control.