Suffering from a Gilmore Girls hangover? You need these 7 reads in your life

If you’re like us and binged all 4 episodes of the Gilmore Girls revival last Friday and didn’t end up going to bed until 2am, then you’re probably still suffering from the post-GG hangover.


So much excitement, so much emotion, so much anticipation! It was a bit traumatic tbh. But we LOVED IT.

Those last four words have left us with WAY more questions that we went in with and we’re kinda hoping for more, but kinda hoping not. We clearly need some good books to take our mind of those Gilmore  Girls.

To fill the mother-daughter hole:


Mia’s mum in Gayle Forman’s ‘If I Stay’ has Lorelai’s fun, loving, chaotic, rebellious spirit and the relationship between them has that same friendship as Rory and Lorelai’s. I mean, when your mum was a punk rocker like Mia’s, you can’t think they’re anything but supercool.

Small town blues:


Stars Hollow is easily the most adorable town in the whole world and we want to live there. There’s a town troubadour, town meetings, endless festivals and of course, Luke’s Diner. What more could we want?! We could go for the obvious and shout out ‘Twilight’, but instead we’re going to mention Laura Ruby’s ‘Bone Gap’ which takes place in a tiny, unusual American town where the lines between real and imaginary are rather blurred.

Coffee. Coffee. Coffee.


Lorelai and Rory are famed for their serious addiction to coffee. Seriously, how do they sleep?! We recently read Jay Asher’s brand new Christmas book ‘What Light’ and as well as being deliciously romantic and put us right in the Christmas spirit, it also made us desperate for a peppermint mocha. We lost count of how many Sierra and Caleb drank!

Fangirling forever.


Pop culture refs, jokes and countless movie marathons make Lorelai and Rory experts on fandoms. And who else is a fandom expert? Cath, obvs. We’re still just as in love with Rainbow Rowell’s ‘Fangirl’ and the companion ‘Carry On’ which take fangirling to a whole other level. Both of these are perfect to curl up with on a chilly night when the blues set in.

So much food.


Just like coffee, the Gilmore Girls are obsessed with food. They eat constantly, and it’s all delicious junk food and Luke’s burgers. It’s the dream. In ‘Saint Anything’ by queen Sarah Dessen (let’s take a moment to bow down) Layla is obsessed with fries. Like, seriously obsessed. They’re constantly popping up throughout the book and Layla takes her fries seriously. This book will make you just as hungry as watching GG does.

Angst and boy drama.


Lorelai and Luke are obvs made for each other, though there are some other contenders throughout the seasons, but it’s Rory’s love life that’s usually at the centre of the conversation – are you Team Dean, Team Jess or Team Logan? (*cough*TeamJess*cough*) Ruby in E Lockhart’s ‘The Boyfriend List’ is just as all over the place as Rory, in fact, they’re actually quite similar.

Characters you can’t help but love forever:


Rory, Lorelai, Luke, Emily, Kirk, Jess, Dean, Logan, even Miss Patty and Paul Anka – these are characters that get lodged in your heart FOREVER. And no other fictional world quite does that like Harry Potter. Obvs. HP 4eva.

What was your favourite moment of A Year in the Life? Let us know in the comments below.

*Obviously, if you haven’t seen it yet, there will be spoilers in the comments – consider yourselves warned!*

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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