GIRLS Just Wanna Read Books

Swooners, it’s almost time to bid adieu to that kooky HBO series about the misadventures of four millennial chicks living in Lady Liberty’s backyard.

That’s right, the GIRLS are taking their final curtain call, in what will surely be a memorable mic-drop from Dunham, Apatow, and the other architects behind the show. If you’re a fan, I’m sure you (loosely) identify with at least one of the main screwballs—which is convenient, as I’ve laid out reading recs for your alliteration-friendly alter ego! Read on for bookshelf inspo. And if you’re unfamiliar with the show, don’t fret. See character breakdowns below, and select your personality doppelganger with ease.

Bookish treats await!


Hannah GIRLS

You dance hard. You’re a wordsmith. You’re often inappropriate, but you make an impression (for better or for worse). You’re a hard-core feminist, and you’ve trimmed your own bangs on more than one occasion. You’re the comic relief of your melodramatic friend group.

·         Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

·         Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

·         What’s A Girl Gotta Do? By Holly Bourne

·         Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty



Marnie GIRLS

You crave control and have little patience for people who don’t keep up with you. You’re an impulsive romantic. You not-so-secretly love drama. You often perform for others, whether musically or behaviorally. Few people know the real you, but beneath the fluff, you mean well.

·         Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey

·         To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

·         Blind Item by Kevin Dickson and Jack Ketsoyan

·         Boys in the Trees by Carly Simon




You don’t play by the rules. You’re free-spirited and nomadic. You speak many languages. Your closet screams “boho.” You’re often bored. You can’t imagine living an ordinary life. You’re also unsmoteable.

·         The Girls by Emma Cline

·         Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg

·         The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

·         The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North


Shoshana GIRLS

You’re bursting at the seams with pop culture knowledge. You’re guilty of word vomit—like, all the time. Your hairdos are Princess Leia chic. You’re a marketing pro, branded from head to toe. You think fast. You’re a material girl, living in a material world.

·         If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You by Kelly Cutrone

·         Bossypants by Tina Fey

·         L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad

·         The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger


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Kelsey M.

Publicist for Swoon Reads. LA native. Not ashamed to know all things Kardashian.

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