I was thinking today about the books that Ellie Baum, one of the three main characters in The Girl with the Red Balloon, would like these days. In my head, Ellie’s a contemporary loving girl. In my head, she’s a hopeless romantic, drawn to stories with HEAs, ones that don’t keep her up at night thinking about the end of the world, and probably has trouble suspending her disbelief in fantasy stories (see also: chapter 4 of The Girl with the Red Balloon, lol).
So I imagine before Ellie went to Berlin, the books on her bedside stand–neatly organized, no dog-eared pages please, use a bookmark-were the following:
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins — I bet this is a well-worn favorite of Ellie’s. I bet it’s the book she picks up and reads after she’s had a hard day.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli — Ellie probably loved Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda so I’m pretty sure she was first in line to read the follow-up with anxiety-ridden Jewish girl Molly. Ellie probably could have related a lot to this book.
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord — Ellie probably thought to herself that she’d never date a guy like Matt. Whoops. No one tell her what’s coming 😉 I feel like she and Amanda, her BFF from home, probably read this one together and fangirled out hardcore.
Up to this Pointe by Jennifer Longo — so Ellie’s not a dancer but I feel like she’d really be attracted to Harper, who thinks she knows where she’s going in life, and be reassured by Harper’s need to know what’s coming next.
Frannie and Tru by Karen Hattrup — I think Ellie’s intensely curious about life, and she probably follows characters who are equally curious. She’s also a follower, and she’s felt guilty about that, until she learns to stand on her own feet. She and Frannie have a lot more in common than she thinks.