So. April 1st comes and goes, you read What I Like About Me and fall in love with Maisie Martin and her story, and now what? If you’re a fan of Maisie’s journaled account of her less-than-perfect summer vacation and all the mishaps that come with it, you’ll definitely want to check out this great group of YA titles. Featuring protagonists dealing with relatable insecurities and the apparently never-ending struggles of adolescence, don’t miss these What I Like About Me readalikes!
Harper Collins Publishers
Willowdean Dickson, aka Dumplin’ thanks to her mom, never worried about body image. That is, until she starts dating a former jock and decides the only way to get her confidence back is to do the one thing no one ever expected: enter a beauty pageant. With clear parallels to Maisie’s self-love journey, her decision to compete in a beauty pageant, and her family’s constant need to share their opinions of what Maisie should do concerning her body, Dumplin’ is the perfect reading companion to What I Like About Me.
Cath and her twin sister, Wren, use to share an obsession with Simon Snow. But when Wren starts to leave the fandom behind, Cath has to decide whether she can make it on her own without relying on her sister and childhood interests. Mirroring the strained sister and parent relationships in What I Like About Me, Fangirl is a must-read for fans of introverted protagonists who learn the power of confidence and self-reliance.
Sky Pony Press
Teenage Abby Ives was content working on her plus-size fashion blog and leaving all the dating stuff to her friends and sister until she develops feelings for her coworker, Jordi Perez. And on top of that, she has to juggle a budding friendship with a lacrosse player who needs her help and her health-obsessed mother who isn’t convinced Abby is happy just the way she is. Reminiscent of Maisie’s consistent struggle with testy relationships and her own mother’s unhelpful opinions, The Summer of Jordi Perez is sure to satisfy fans of summer romances, coming-of-age stories, and powerful, plus-size protagonists.
Savannah’s sister is off at college, and that means Savvy’s been left behind to deal with her overbearing mother—alone. But maybe, just maybe, the cute new kid at school will help Savvy learn to truly be proud of herself and enjoy what matters most. Featuring another teen dealing with body image and positivity, a tense mother-daughter relationship, and the promise of a first love, To Be Honest is another wonderful celebration of living boldly and self-love.
Harper Collins Publishers
Molly Peskin-Susko believes you can’t be too careful when it comes to love, especially when you’re the fat girl. But all that is about to change thanks to the cute hipster boy she’s just met and her coworker Reid who, even though he’s a chubby Tolkien geek, might just be relationship material after all. The Upside of Unrequited is the perfect mix of summer romance, growing self-esteem, and important, timely themes of body positivity and embracing the skin you’re in.
Penguin Random House
After popular girl Kit Lowell decides to sit with quiet and introverted David Drucker, the two unlikely friends set out to discover the truth about Kit’s dad’s car accident—and it may cost them a friendship they’ve barely begun. Even though What to Say Next is a break from these other readalikes featuring female protagonists struggling with body image and self-esteem, this contemporary YA romance features a charming story in the form of David’s handwritten thoughts, much in the same vein as Maisie’s journaling. Plus, fans of What I Like About Me won’t be able to resist another sweet story of two people finding friendship and love when they need each other most.