I’ve been on the hunt for books like Mamma Mia! my entire life. I all the time joke that I watched Mamma Mia! too many instances in my early life and that’s why I’m obsessive about Pierce Brosnan in white linen pants, ABBA, and actually each musical that has ever been made. My birthday after the movie got here out was Mamma Mia!–themed, with plates and napkins plastered with the forged and all the pieces. I talked by way of all the film. How my pals remained my pals after that, I haven’t a clue.
I’m infamous round my office for recommending Mamma Mia! to any particular person I come into contact with. It would endlessly be my lasting mark on this world and I can die glad figuring out that. Everybody deserves to see the Dad-esque bizarre head-nod dance Pierce Brosnan does whereas Donna and the Dynamos sing “Tremendous Trouper.” Everybody. And also you haven’t recognized pleasure for those who haven’t seen Meryl Streep (and Lily James) wander round a Greek island, overall-clad and singing ABBA songs. It’s the epitome of pleasure. I’m firmly in camp Pierce Brosnan’s Singing Was Not That Dangerous and I maintain a grudge in opposition to each critic who stated it was as a result of the shortage of his singing in Mamma Mia! Right here We Go Once more was a travesty. Some folks don’t know how you can have enjoyable.
For all you fellow Mamma Mia! Cinematic Universe (MMCU) lovers on the market, listed below are just a few books like Mamma Mia! to take an opportunity on.
Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga
Sam Carmichael. Harry Vivid. Invoice Anderson. If Sophie’s craving to search out her father, all the way down to the penning of letters to him or…them initially of Mamma Mia! is what you’re in search of, strive Right here We Are Now. The principle character, Taliah, is visited by her previously-absent rock-star father and drops all the pieces to search out out all the pieces. In a mirror to Sophie, by the point Tal’s mother finds out, it’ll be too late. She’s hoping, as her Mamma Mia counterpart hoped, that all the pieces will fall into place. However assembly her father isn’t precisely what she hoped it could be. Not everybody winds up with three dads prepared to take a 3rd when all is alleged and finished.
Girls Like Us by Randi Pink
Are you, as I usually am accused of being, obsessive about the ’70s? Are you drawn to younger Donna’s coping together with her shock being pregnant in Mamma Mia! Right here We Go Once more? Attempt Women Like Us by Randi Pink. It explores the expertise of 4 younger women coping with unplanned pregnancies in 1972. That is extra teenage, extra practical, and with much less overalls for certain, however price a learn nonetheless if you need extra of the practical aspect of what younger being pregnant seemed like 50 years in the past. Not everyone seems to be so fortunate to be Donna Sheridan residing in an outdated farmhouse plucking oranges from the tree day after day.
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
If the one evening, and one evening solely, of Donna and the Dynamos captivated you, strive The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour. Colby and Bev hit the highway, enjoying with Bev’s band by way of run-down venues by way of the Pacific Northwest whereas faculty and their impending finish loom. It’s bittersweet because the pair ponder what comes subsequent. As Donna says, although, life is quick and the world is vast, and the women will discover out quickly sufficient that it is necessary to make some reminiscences.
Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
If Kalokairi, Aphrodite’s rumored water-of-love island, captured your consideration, however you need one thing stranger and much more magical, strive Summer season of Salt. Moody climate, magic potions, and centuries-old birds are just the start of a wierd summer time of the island of By-The-Sea. It’s Kalokairi’s edge-of-the-world environment with magic thrown on prime. It’s emotional and hard-hitting and oh so very lovely. If you happen to see the surprise of a fairytale, you’ll like this dream-world.
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
If you would like a style of Donna’s diary with out Sophie’s dot dot dot enhancing, strive the basic, ever charming Bridget Jones’s Diary. A younger lady, Bridget, attempting and failing in love whereas being completely hilarious and slightly large cringey and rather a lot a bit relatable? Her relationships with two males are chronicled on this diary-style novel together with a big forged of pal and household characters. If you happen to haven’t but, why not take an opportunity on studying this? You’ll be simply as invested in another person’s love life as Sophie’s pals have been in Donna’s. Or, possibly extra so. Sophie’s rendition overlooked rather a lot.
Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
I’ve all the time been staunchly on Staff Sam. For my fellow Sam followers, or for those who beloved Donna’s insta-love summer time fling that turned out to not be such a fortunately ever after in any case, Solely Largely Devastated is ideal for you. Ghosted after a summer time fling, an emergency in Ollie’s household forces him to maneuver throughout the nation. Too dangerous his romance ghoster, Will, is on the very faculty he strikes to. Coping with somebody who broke your coronary heart all of a sudden there, in your area, on a regular basis? Ollie (and Donna) know all about how awkward coping with that’s. No less than there aren’t any goat homes and bagpipes concerned right here. Simply lunch hours and music class and a resolve to not let Will again below his pores and skin. However, then there are these angel eyes.
Hot British Boyfriend by Kristy Boyce
If you happen to favored Donna’s (and her mom’s) romances overseas, particularly Harry Headbanger’s spontaneous summer time storyline, decide up Scorching British Boyfriend. In an effort to get a Harry-esque “scorching British boyfriend,” Ellie makes a cope with her classmate Dev to discover ways to win over her crush. Sightseeing throughout England, whirlwind romance, and a journey to self-discovery and acceptance await you. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone
For all you Younger Invoice followers, obsessive about the little heel/foot dancey factor he does whereas singing “Why Did It Should Be Me?” and his boat, The Free Ends Checklist is a cruise-ship-based exploration of household, pals, and past love. Torn from her summer time plans when her dying grandmother forces her household on a cruise, Maddie begins the journey with a vow to squeeze each drop out of life. It’s humorous and it’s unhappy, very similar to each Mamma Mia! motion pictures (I cry each time I watch the “Slipping Via My Fingers” and “My Love, My Life” scenes). How the heartaches do come and go for Maddie, however she learns she’ll be dancing once more too.