12 Best Books Like Outer Banks Update 05/2022

Books Like Outer Banks

After watching all of Outer Banks the night it dropped on Netflix, two things were certain: 1. Pogues 4 life! And 2. I needed a second season immediately! Well season two is here and, after watching the whole thing in one sitting, it’s time once again to fill the hole left by Outer Banks as we wait for season three. Sadly we have quite a bit of time before the next season comes out, so I’ve compiled a list of all the books to read if you, like me, are obsessed with OBX.

1. I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

In both I Killed Zoe Spanos and OBX, the similarities between murder, wrongly-convicted killers and summery beach town vibes are endless. Instead of watching Outer Banks fan videos on Youtube, pick up a copy of this book.

2. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Belly, like John B and the rest of the Pogues on the Outer Banks, is in for a memorable summer. There is a budding love triangle between Kiara, J.J., and Pope that we can only hope to see more of in season 3. So, why not check out the story of Belly and the brothers’ epic love triangle? They appeared together in The Summer I Turned Pretty.

3. In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens

One of the best parts of visiting the Outer Banks is going on a treasure hunt. Season two’s Pogues hunt for the Cross of Santo Domingo amplifies the twists and turns of season one’s discovery of the Royal Merchant. In that case, you’ll enjoy this tale of a young prince who is kidnapped by pirates on a coming-of-age tour and must rely on a mysterious stranger to save him.

4. Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch

If you want to find Atlantis, you have to go after the Royal Merchant. When it comes to the Outer Banks, you can’t beat the combination of a summer beach town atmosphere and the thrill of a high-risk gold hunt. So if you’re looking to fill the void left by the second season of OBX, pick up Love & Olives, a story about a teen girl finding romance while trying to connect with her absent father in Santorini, Greece as he searches for the lost city of Atlantis.

5. I’ll Never Tell by Abigail Haas

Was it difficult for you to watch the last three episodes of Outer Banks? Same. I was pacing back and forth while watching the final episode because I couldn’t sit still. So, if you’re in the mood for yet another suspenseful summer read, I’d recommend you give I’ll Never Tell a try. When Anna’s best friend is found dead and she is the prime suspect, her summer takes a turn for the worse.

6. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

This is a book about pirates?! Whaat? You have to understand though, the Pogues are sailing around the Outer Banks looking for gold. If you were a fan of the show’s treasure hunts and seafaring, then this book is for you.

7. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Teenage plots of revenge in an island setting with beautiful oceanfront homes are a winning combination! Similar to the Outer Banks, alliances are formed and secrets are revealed in Burn for Burn. Is there anything else you need to know before you pick up this book?

8. Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

After just one day together, John B and Sarah Cameron had a real connection, and I couldn’t help but fall in love with them. During the course of a single night, the characters in Today, Tonight, Tomorrow collaborate to play a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle. Their relationship may actually be perfect for each other at the end, and in the immortal words of John B “That’s like Big Foot evidence rare.”

9. Phoebe Will Destroy You by Blake Nelson

While watching Outer Banks, I can’t tell you how many times I said, “JJ, why did you bring the gun?!” Despite this, JJ’s tendency to destroy himself was somehow endearing. In Phoebe Will Destroy You, we see more of that vulnerability in both Phoebe and Nick.

10. Start Here by Trish Doller

Start Here by Trish Doller

In the event that you enjoyed Sarah Cameron and Kiara’s Outer Banks friendship, we strongly recommend that you pick up a copy of Start Here. On a life-changing sailing trip this summer, Willa and Taylor will discover if their friendship is worth saving.

11. The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

There are many things in common between Theo and John B. When you have missing treasure-hunting fathers, bad guys are after them, and you don’t know who to trust, it’s like having treasure-hunting fathers. Even if you’re not a fan of OBX, this is a must-read if you’re curious about Theo’s life in 1937 Europe.

12. A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton

Alice Goodwin, as always, is attempting to keep her temper under control and avoid blaming herself for her family’s shortcomings on a typical June morning. When the Goodwins bought the last dairy farm in Prairie Center, a small town in the Midwest, they had visions of a paradise they could create on their own. As Alice is well aware, her eldest daughter Emma is prone to irrational outbursts, her husband Howard doubts her maternal competence, and the tight-knit suburban community of Prairie Center shows no sign of warming to “those hippies who think they can run a farm.”

With a deep desire to be the center of a perfect family and a deep yearning for solitude, Alice is torn. It’s Alice’s turn to babysit her neighbor’s two young daughters as well as her own, and Emma is throwing a fit. Her little sister Claire is chomping on pennies. Unawarely, she steals a minute of solitude, which turns into ten, giving her plenty of room to cause serious harm. When her neighbor’s daughter Lizzy falls into the farm’s pond, Alice becomes the perfect scapegoat because of her own volatility and unmasked directness. To complicate matters even further, some long-forgotten incident from Alice’s past reappears, growing in importance until it leads to a harrowing trial and the Goodwins’ ultimate downfall.

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