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5 Books to Read Before the Cast of Stranger Things Are All Grown-Up

by  | June 27

Stranger Things Season 3 comes out this July 4, which gives you another reason to light some fireworks (we are not responsible for the usage of any fireworks legally or illegally). If you’re like me and are going to binge the whole season in a day, then here are some books you should read. Hopefully, you can finish one of them before the whole cast of Stranger Things are full-on adults…. I swear, every time I see them they look 10 years older. Kind of similar to the cast of Harry Potter. Regardless, go check these out, you mouth breathers!

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It (Media Tie In)

It (Media Tie In)

by Stephen King

The first half of Stranger Things is oh too similar to Stephen King’s It. Stranger Things takes place in the 1980s, which is when Stephen King produced the greatness of It. They both star a crew of children up against evil. In Stranger Things, the kids are up against demogorgons and the Upside Down, while in It, they have a monster of their own to go up against. I mean, the two are so alike that they even have the same title font! Come on. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

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Firestarter

Firestarter

by Stephen King

Yes, you read that right, two Stephen King titles in a row! Firestarter and Stranger Things find most of their commonality through the similarities between Charlie (Firestarter) and Eleven (Stranger Things). Both stories include a child who receives unexpected gifts as a result of a government experiment gone wrong. Both children find themselves running from their creators as they use their powers to keep themselves afloat. A little like how I used to run away from my parents when I was their age, but not really.

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My Best Friend's Exorcism

My Best Friend's Exorcism

by Grady Hendrix

Here we have a story set in the 1980s, starring Abby and Gretchen, who have been best friends since the fourth grade. When they enter high school, something goes seriously wrong with Gretchen. She begins acting strange as if she has a demon living inside her—and Abby becomes determined to save her friend at all costs. The dynamic between the two friends is awfully similar to that between Mike and Will of Stranger Things. These 80s kids all have a lot of heart, but even though I love my friends, I don’t f*ck with demons…nope. Sorry guys, that’s just not me.

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The Last Kids on Earth

The Last Kids on Earth

by Max Brallier, Douglas Holgate

We’ve got you some more badass kids fighting evil in The Last Kids on Earth. Jack Sullivan is a 13-year-old living in what is essentially my dream home. It’s a treehouse with video games, an endless amount of Oreos/Mountain Dew, catapults, and a moat (I just have a Ring Doorbell). Jack puts together a crew to help him in his battle, including his dorky best friend, a reformed bully, his crush, and a FREAKIN’ pet monster named Rover. I want to be like all of these kids (including those of Stranger Things) when I grow up.

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The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood

by Melissa Albert

Alice and her mother have been on the move for as long as they can remember, with bad luck by their side. Alice’s bad luck follows her again when her grandmother (author of a cult classic) passes away alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood. Alice’s mother is then taken from her daughter by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland (the supernatural setting of Alice’s grandma’s stories). Alice is forced to join sides with classmate and Hinterland fanatic Ellery Finch. This story about losing a family member in a supernatural world will resonate with Stranger Things fans. I mean, all you need to do is change Hinterland to the Upside Down and you’re halfway there!

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Nicholas Rooney is a Marketing Assistant at Simon & Schuster. His favorite means of wasting time are through eating, exercising, traveling, reading and eating (yes, eating twice). He enjoys reading anything that makes his brain work. This ranges from learning something new, to bending his mind with a thriller.