Top Ten Tuesday: Standalones that NEED a sequel
I’m forever getting to the end of a standalone and craving a sequel, so it feels like this week’s topic was made with me in mind. It’s been difficult to pick just ten books, because I can remember thinking this about so many of the standalones I’ve read (but luckily some have had sequels announced since I’ve finished them, so I’ve got my way!).
10) Clean by Juno Dawson
I’m putting Clean at tenth because I’m not quite sure how a sequel would work. I want to read more about Lexi because she’s a brilliant character, but it doesn’t feel like a story that could ever really have a follow-up. Hopefully Lexi will pop up in more of Juno Dawson’s work in the future, even if it’s just a little cameo.
9) Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
Another book which I don’t think could even have a sequel, but I love Charlie so much and didn’t want this book to end. I would happily settle for a short story set in ten years time showing us how Charlie has been getting on!
8) The Burning by Laura Bates
I only read The Burning a couple of weeks ago, but I found myself disappointed that Laura Bates didn’t use the opportunity to get Anna more involved in feminism and campaigning. Hopefully it’ll get a sequel which will show Anna doing some good, because that would redeem the first book!
7) Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Good Omens has been on my mind a lot recently, because the trailer for the TV show has just been released. Unfortunately there’s never going to be a sequel, as Terry Pratchett passed away four years ago today and Neil Gaiman has instead incorporated their ideas for the sequel into the TV show. RIP Sir Terry.
6) Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
Emergency Contact tells the story of how Penny and Sam meet and get together, but I’m looking for a sequel that follows these two through the ups and downs of their relationship. Will Lorraine come back and get in the way? What will happen when Penny graduates? I gots ta know!
5) How Not To Disappear by Clare Furniss
How Not To Disappear is one of my favourite books of all time. I finished reading it during a shift at the library and ended up crying for like half an hour, so I would love to be able to revisit these characters a few years down the line and see how they’re all doing.
4) Vote For Effie by Laura Wood
I can’t stop talking about Vote For Effie! I reviewed it on Sunday, and the whole time I was writing the review I found myself wondering whether we would be seeing more of Effie Kostas in the future. Will her and Aaron Davis find themselves battling it out for a place on the senior school council too?
3) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I don’t think The Perks of Being a Wallflower is likely to get a sequel, because it’s taken Stephen Chbosky twenty years to even write a second novel. However, I would love to revisit Charlie and see how he’s getting on. The Perks of Being a Wallflower perfectly encapsulates what it’s like to be a teenager, so it would be great to see Chbosky tackle Charlie’s college life and adult years.
2) All of This is True by Lygia Day Penaflor
Four teenagers befriend their favourite author, who exploits them for material she can use in her next book. I purposefully made my review spoiler free and extremely vague, so I’ll be honest and say that I can’t really remember what happened? But I can remember being so invested in it that I read it in one sitting, and if that doesn’t make me want to read a sequel and revisit the characters then nothing will.
1) Whiteout by Gabriel Dylan
This might seem like an odd one to feature, because the only thing I didn’t like about Whiteout was the epilogue which seemed to suggest there was going to be a sequel. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t want a sequel! I just think it would have had far more of an impact if it had been left seeming completely resolved, because it would have made it more intriguing to pick up a sequel not knowing how this story manages to carry on.
That’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! Do you want any of these books to have sequels, or is there another standalone that you’d choose?