Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. This week we are talking about standalone books that we wish had sequels. I remember as a kid hating when I reached the end of a book, just feeling like I needed to know what happened after the book ended. These days, series books are the norm, and I tend to favor standalone books, go figure. But even so, some books leave you wanting more.
I was happy with the conclusions of all these books, but I can’ t help but hope for a sequel:
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – Can you believe all that happened to Charlie in freshman year? It makes me wonder what his sophomore year is like, when he’s busy “participating,” and not writing anymore “Dear Friend” letters. All his friends at school were seniors and graduated. Who are his new friends? Does his English teacher still give him books? So many questions!
2. The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding – What is the next high school musical going to be? Is Devan still making lists? I miss these characters!
3. Easy by Tammara Webber- I know the author is working on a companion book written in Lucas’ POV, so yay! But I still want to know how Lucas and Jacqueline are doing in their new city/job/school.
4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – I read an interview in EW (here) where Rainbow said she would like to write a sequel set in the future when E&P are adults. I would be down with that! Just want to know what became of Eleanor & Park after high school.
5. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay – The relationship took a turning point at the end of the book. What happens next? I wouldn’t mind a companion book either featuring another character.
6. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg – Rafe changed his persona at school – how has his life changed? How is his relationship with Ben? I want more please!
7. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick – I love Jase and Sam and the Garrett family. How are Jase and Sam doing after the summer when they are in separate schools? Does Samantha still spend time with the Garrett’s? I miss their bustling household!
8. Every Day by David Levithan – So many questions at the end of this one! I know sequels aren’t Levithan’s thing but I am hungry for more and want to know how A is doing.
I’ll have to make this a top 8 this week. I could stretch it out to ten, but really I don’t think every book needs a sequel. It’s nice to leave something to the imagination, right?
What books do you wish had sequels?