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Like This Popular Book? Try This Under-Hyped One!

Guest Post: Sarah Robinson Hatch

If you’re someone on social media — which, chances are, you are — you’ll often find that there are books that receive a lot of hype, and other books that don’t get half of what they deserve. Sometimes the under-hyped books are even better than the ones that receive a lot of acknowledgement, but sadly, not that many people have read them. Chances are that most people will have heard of the novel The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, but less people will know a book that’s very similar — Zac & Mia by A. J. Betts. Today, I’m going to be recommending some books to read based on popular books that have similar elements!

Cover of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

If you enjoyed  you should try Alex, Approximately! Both novels are similar in that they both have that anonymous messaging and an unknown crush element. They’re extremely swoon-worthy reads and I thoroughly enjoyed both of them.


Cover of Dangerous Girls

If you love a good murder mystery or books with crime elements, then you should definitely pick up Far From You. Both Dangerous Girls and Far From You are thrilling to read and they include protagonists of questionable reliability. These are books you won’t want to put down!


Cover of Fangirl

Both of these books are absolutely gorgeous, and make me proud to be a part of fandom life! While they’re a little bit different, as Fangirl takes place in college and Queens of Geek is set at a fandom convention in America, they’re united by their celebration of nerdiness and everything fangirly. If you enjoyed Fangirl, you should definitely pick up Queens of Geek!


Cover for the Beautiful CreatureCover of the book "Labyrinth Lost"

If you loved the magical, adventurous elements of Beautiful Creatures, then you’ll adore Labyrinth Lost. Both books are similar in the way their fantasy elements are woven into the storyline and there’s a twist around every corner. Complete with a diverse set of characters and a thrilling plot, Labyrinth Lost is the perfect read for anyone who loves fantasy and complex characters.


Cover of More Happy Than Not

Something I loved about both of these novels is the science-fiction fantasy elements. Although More Happy Than Not takes place in a world where technology can take people’s memories, and We Are the Ants has sci-fi elements wherein the protagonist is abducted by aliens, both books are similar in their effectiveness at conveying the more-nuanced messages at the core of the narrative. These are two of my favourite novels, and I need more people to fall in love with We Are the Ants in the way that More Happy Than Not is adored by the masses!


Cover of Everything Leads to YouCover of Night Swimming

If you loved Everything Leads to You and need some more cute f/f romance in your life, you should pick up a copy of Night Swimming by Australia’s very own Steph Bowe! Both novels are utterly adorable and I just want to hug all those little queer munchkins.


I’m so pleased that we’re seeing more YA novels about racism, and I’ll never not be recommending both of these novels to readers of all ages. If you loved The Hate U Give (which, I mean, of course you did — it’s phenomenal), then I highly recommend checking out When Michael Met Mina! Set in Australia, I think it’s one of the most important and powerful #LoveOzYA novels out there.


Well, those are all my recommendations for under-hyped books! I adored all of these ones, and I highly recommend checking them out if you haven’t already. What are some of your favourite under-hyped books? Have you read any of the ones I’ve mentioned? Do you have any other suggestions? I’d love to know!


Sarah Robinson-Hatch is a student who, when not dwelling in fantasy worlds or outer space, resides in Melbourne.

Sarah has won a number of writing awards and hopes to one day have a novel published. Her favourite things to write about are teenagers saving the human race during world-ending cataclysms and death scenes, both of which probably freak her out more than any potential readers.

When she’s not writing, she can be found trying to wrangle fifteen novels onto a bookstore counter, thinking of how she can best make readers cry, or fangirling to the point of hyperventilating over fan-art, movie trailers and authors favouriting her Tweets.




Do you have any recommendations for books similar to Eleanor and Park?

16th Apr, 19
inky State Library Victoria

Hi! I think you would like Nicola Yoon books like The Sun is Also a Star. You could try some other 'opposite attracts' romances like Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho, Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Porter and Green Valentine by Lili Wilkinson. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo is also told in alternative perspectives.

15th May, 19

We had to read When Michael Met Mina for school. It was awesome!

14th May, 19