Book Recs based on popular TV shows & Movies // Julie and the Phantoms

Hey Guys!

I’m starting a new series on my blog, which is Book Recs based on popular TV shows and movies! Each week, we will focus on a different show or movie and then give book recommendations based on it! This week we will focus on the show: Julie and the Phantoms!

Let’s get started!

What is Julie and the Phantoms about?

The series follows Julie, who lost her passion for music after her mom’s death. But when she is visited by the ghosts of three musicians from 1995, Julie becomes inspired to start singing and writing songs again.

If you haven’t watched the show, then you should go check it out!

Book Recommendations based on the show

Cemetery Boys:

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

Similarities between the two:

  • Involve summoning ghosts by accident
  • Both include LGBTQ+ relationships
  • Both have a sense of urgency to get things done quickly
  • Lovable characters
  • Theme of being yourself and not being afraid to show who you are

I feel that if you like Julie and the Phantoms, you’ll certainly enjoy this book. Julie and the Phantoms is a musical, so I would pair this with the song, Now or Never. I would pair these two together because they both have a sense of urgency that we have to get this done now, or we’ll never get to again.

“Keep dreaming like we’ll live forever/But live it like it’s now or never”

– Julie and the Phantoms, Now or Never

You Should See Me in a Crown:

Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.

The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?

Similarities between the two:

  • LGBTQ+ relationships
  • Supportive friend groups
  • Trying to achieve dreams and make an impact on the world
  • Theme of being yourself and not being afraid to show who you are

Out of all the songs played on Julie and the phantoms, I feel like the song that would best fit this book is stand tall. Many times through, You Should See Me in a Crown, Liz has a fierce determination to achieve her dreams, and nothing holds her back. She had many struggles, but she wouldn’t let that stop her but, rather, find a way around that hurdle.

“And it’s one, two, three, four times/That I’ll try for one more night/Light a fire in my eyes”

– Julie and the Phantoms, Stand Tall

City of Shattered Light:

As darkness closes in on the city of shattered light, an heiress and an outlaw must decide whether to fend for themselves or fight for each other.

As heiress to a powerful tech empire, seventeen-year-old Asa Almeida strives to prove she’s more than her manipulative father’s shadow. But when he uploads her rebellious sister’s mind to an experimental brain, Asa will do anything to save her sister from reprogramming—including fleeing her predetermined future with her sister’s digitized mind in tow. With a bounty on her head and a rogue A.I. hunting her, Asa’s getaway ship crash-lands in the worst possible place: the neon-drenched outlaw paradise, Requiem.

Gun-slinging smuggler Riven Hawthorne is determined to claw her way up Requiem’s underworld hierarchy. A runaway rich girl is exactly the bounty Riven needs—until a nasty computer virus spreads in Asa’s wake, causing a citywide blackout and tech quarantine. To get the payout for Asa and save Requiem from the monster in its circuits, Riven must team up with her captive.

Riven breaks skulls the way Asa breaks circuits, but their opponent is unlike anything they’ve ever seen. The A.I. exploits the girls’ darkest memories and deepest secrets, threatening to shatter the fragile alliance they’re both depending on. As one of Requiem’s 154-hour nights grows darker, the girls must decide whether to fend for themselves or fight for each other before Riven’s city and Asa’s sister are snuffed out forever.

Similarities between the two:

  • LGTBQ+ relationships
  • Lovable characters
  • Supportive friend relationships
  • Both have an importance of technology and social media
  • Making a positive impact on the world

The song that I would pair with this book is Wake Up. I decided to pair these two together because our two main characters have experienced pain and have suffered from many demons that take over their minds. But instead of letting the pain take over them, they use it to fuel them to help their world from falling apart.

It’s not what you lost / Time to come out of the dark / It’s what you’ll gain

– Julie and the Phantoms, Wake Up

Red, White and Royal Blue

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations. The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

Similarities between the two:

  • Somewhat of a impossible relationship
  • LGBTQ+ relationship
  • Supportive friend group
  • Learning how to find yourself and be yourself

I had trouble pairing this book with one of the songs, but I decided to pair it with the Edge of Great. You may be wondering, why these two? I feel like they fit together well because Alex and Henry both make mistakes, and they are just trying to find themselves. They just both have so much potential for their futures, and that they are standing on the edge of great so to speak.

That this moment is ours to own / Cause we’re standing on the edge of great

– Julie and the Phantoms, Edge of Great

You’ve Reached Sam

Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes.

Heartbroken, Julie skips his funeral, throws out his things, and tries everything to forget him and the tragic way he died. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces back memories. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail.

And Sam picks up the phone.

In a miraculous turn of events, Julie’s been given a second chance at goodbye. The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam’s voice makes her fall for him all over again, and with each call it becomes harder to let him go. However, keeping her otherworldly calls with Sam a secret isn’t easy, especially when Julie witnesses the suffering Sam’s family is going through. Unable to stand by the sidelines and watch their shared loved ones in pain, Julie is torn between spilling the truth about her calls with Sam and risking their connection and losing him forever

Similarities between the two:

  • Loss of someone special // grief
  • Being able to reconnect with someone who has passed
  • Supportive Friends
  • Learning how to let go of the past and looking forward to the future

To me, It was no brainier to pair You’ve Reached Sam with Unsaid Emily. Many times, we see Julie feel responsible for Sam’s death. She wishes that she could go back in time and stop that from happening. And that it will stay like that forever and that she wishes she could go back to spending more time with Sam before he died.

I’d never let you go / We start the scene in reverse / No time for goodbyes, didn’t get to apologize

– Julie and the Phantoms, Unsaid Emily

Flame in the Mist

The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

Similarities between the two:

  • Forbidden Romance // impossible romance in a way
  • Being recognized for talents and abilities
  • Lovable Characters
  • Magic and Mystery involved

The song I would pair with this book is Finally Free. I choose to pair these two together because Mariko feels free, in a way even though she is in enemy territory. This is because for her whole life, her path was planned out for her, and she feels she can show her skills. She feels like she is valued and that her skills mattered and are recognized. She also feels like she found a love that will support her and is a part of her.

No more faking / Come alive / And you’re a part of me

– Julie and the Phantoms, Finally Free

Tweet Cute

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.

Similarities between the two:

  • Forbidden Romance // impossible romance in a way
  • Experience many conflicts but learn how to overcome them
  • Supportive friend group
  • Lovable characters
  • Finding yourself and being yourself

I would pair Tweet Cute with Perfect Harmony. I feel like this song paints Jack and Pepper’s relationship of how they first start not liking each other but slowly realize they might be more to one another than they thought. They experience lots of conflicts, but by the end, they end up in perfect harmony.

Perfect Harmony / We say we’re friends, we play pretend / Two worlds collide when I’m with you

– Julie and the Phantoms, Perfect Harmony

What did you think of my picks? Have you watched Julie and the Phantoms?

Is there a show / movie you would like me to cover next time? Thanks for checking out this post!

9 thoughts on “Book Recs based on popular TV shows & Movies // Julie and the Phantoms

  1. Omg I love this post!
    I was lowkey obsessed with Julie And The Phantoms back when I watched it, all the songs were so addictive!!
    I haven’t read most of the books you mentioned, but I did read Cemetery Boys recently and now that you mention it, it does have similarities to JATP. City of shattered light is in my TBR!
    Lovely post 🙂

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    • Thank you!! Yes same!! I literally binged watched it within 2 days!! I really hope they have a second season though cause I loved the show so much!! Hope you enjoy city of shattered light once you read! And yes I was like I can’t make this list with cemetery boys haha

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