Choose your favorite Barbie, Get a Book Rec By Savannah Kennelly Choose your favorite Barbie, Get a Book RecC’mon Barbie, let’s go party! That’s right, the movie of the summer did not disappoint! (Yes, I did pull a Barbenheimer, it was a whole vibe. And yes, OF COURSE I dressed up duh). And ever since I’ve been thinking of covering my house in pink glitter, putting bows in my hair, and just generally tapping into my inner Barbie girl! And you know me, if I’m currently dealing with a hyperfixation, you know I’m gonna tie it to my eternal passion – books! So choose your favorite Barbie and I’ll give you a book to read ASAP! Now if you’ll excuse me – Alexa, play the Barbie soundtrack!Phoebe’s Diary by Phoebe WahlWhat is the joy of Stereotypical Barbie? Well, she can be anything! As the movie posters declare, Barbie is everything! Her possibilities are limitless and she is always an icon! Not unlike Phoebe in Phoebe’s Diary! Phoebe is cool and insecure, talented and vulnerable, ecstatic and tragic, just like you. And in her diary full of friends and crushes, spectacular playlists and vintage outfits, old wounds and new love, you’ll find a glimpse of yourself. Sure, Phoebe doesn’t look like stereotypical Barbie and she doesn’t live in a pink dream house, but Phoebe shares Barbie’s unlimited potential and zest for life! And so do you!Hopepunk by Preston NortonWe all know or had a Weird Barbie! One of those Barbies who got played with just a little too hard. They generally had a punk rock haircut, radical makeup, and were constantly in the splits! And if you love embracing your Weird Barbie punk-ness, you’re going to love Hopepunk! Growing up in a conservative Christian household, rock-lover Hope Cassidy has plenty to rebel against. With her family upended and falling apart, Cassidy is looking for a cause. And she finds it in the Battle of the Bands, where hate-fueled band Alt-Rite reigns supreme. Combine a hilarious voice, an open heart, and some sick riffs and you’ve got the Stairway-to-Heaven-guitar-solo of books!Most Likely by Sarah WatsonHello, Madam President! President Barbie is a leader through and through, and inspired by the real-life female presidential Barbies Mattel has created throughout the years. If you have oval-office eyes, you will love Most Likely! The story of four friends entering their senior year, this book will follow all their trials and tribulations. The hook? One of them ends up becoming the first female president of the United States! The only question… which one of them is it?Our Way Back to Always by Nina MorenoI am so glad we got to see some Mermaid Barbie, because I had a mermaid Barbie growing up! But I do have one gripe – no official Malibu Barbie made it into the final cut of the film! But, as you will know if you’ve seen the movie, there is PLENTY of beach. I mean, it’s Ken’s whole job. Beach. And when I think mermaids and BEACH, I think Our Way Back to Always! Set in Florida, this book follow two ex-best-friends, Luisa and Sam. They rediscover a bucket list they’d made as kids and decide to finish it together. What follows is a sun-soaked romance full of second chances, first loves, and learning how to navigate the future! Oh, and plenty of BEACH!It’s All in How You Fall by Sarah HenningSo we only got a short look at Gold Medal Barbie in the first few shots of the film, but the fact is she was there, so I’m including her! And if you’re a sporty girl, you will love It’s All in How You Fall from the sports romance queen, Sarah Henning! When Gymnast Caroline Kepler is forced to retire following a back injury, her summer is suddenly, shockingly, open. Enter Alex Zavala, three-sport athlete and Caroline’s older brother’s best friend, determined to find Caroline a new sport to take her mind off gymnastics, and in return Caroline will set him up with her friend. But what happens when Caroline starts catching feelings? This adorable book is full of sporty fun and foot-kicking, squeal-worthy romance! And if you like this one, make sure you check out Throw Like a Girl, another Sarah Henning sports romance!The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. SmithWe might only have gotten a quick glimpse at Pilot Barbie, but she certainly made an impression (and I might have had a Barbie plane as a kid, so she’s got a soft spot in my heart)! And what’s the perfect meet-cute spot? A flight across the pond! And over one flight to London, Hadley and Oliver will fall in love. But when Hadley loses his number after a tragic phone breakage, will she be able to find him again? Because while the statistical probability of love at first sight is blindingly low, finding them twice is twice as hard.The Edge of Summer by Erica GeorgeOf course Barbie is a scientist – Barbie is everything! And if you are science-minded, you’ll love this summertime romance! Coriander Cabot and her best friend Ella have dreamed of saving the whales since elementary school. But when tragedy strikes, Cor will have to do her marine biology internship on Cape Cod alone. Enter Mannix, a local lifeguard who takes Cor’s breath away. But with changing tides, will Cor be able to keep her promises to the whales and to her best friend while also following her heart?War and Speech by Don ZolidisDiplomacy might as well be Barbie’s middle name! I mean she’s everything after all! And if you are diplomacy minded and just a little rebellious, you’ll love War and Speech! In a world controlled by a debate team with a winner-take-all attitude, Sydney Williams is about to start a war. Sydney’s dad is a white-collar criminal, and she’s looking to make a new start at a new school. But discovering that the speech team rules the school with an iron fist, Sydney forms a plan – make Nationals in speech, topple the status quo. But can she and her rag-tag team of misfits really make it to the top of the school hierarchy?More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. MasoodIf we’re doing a Barbie quiz, of course I had to include Ken! Ken might only be in the background, there to help Barbie shine, but that’s okay! He is Kenough. A little like Danyal from More Than Just a Pretty Face! Danyal’s got his looks going for him, and for most people all they see is his pretty face. But to impress his crush (and more importantly her family) Danyal enters the Renaissance Man competition to show everyone he’s smarter than they think! Enter Bisma, the brilliant and totally uninterested in him girl he recruits to help him win! Lets just say, sparks fly in all directions in this hilarious romantic romp! If you love Ken for his silly energy and his earnest heart, you also fall in love with this book!Emmett by L. C. RosenReal talk, Allan is the MVP! Made by Mattel to be one of Ken’s friends, Allan is the red-headed and level-headed doll that might look like a background character, but actually ends up pretty critical to the story and the success of Barbie’s plans! Just like Emmett from… Emmett! A retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma, Emmett reimagines our Woodhouse heroine as a hero trying to set up all his friends! Clever, rich, and with a happy disposition, Emmett is perfectly pleased to play match maker. He’s got no interest in taking centerstage with his own romance. But when his plans go awry, and with a childhood best friend waiting in the wings, Emmett might find that he has to be the main character!Choose a Barbie!