One of my absolute favorite TV shows, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, returns to it’s new home on NBC this Thursday, January 10. This show, at least in my fangirl brain, is known for its end-of-season cliffhangers, so I’m looking forward to seeing where Season 6 kicks off. In honor of Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s return, today I’ll be sharing book recommendations based on B99 main characters.
Detective Jake Peralta- Six of Crows by Leigh Badugo
It was pretty interesting to learn that along with Terry, Jake is a big fantasy fan (not to also mention action—too bad we don’t have a Die Hard-inspired YA novel). Between fantasy and action, it may seem typical—because who doesn’t love this series??- but Jake makes me think of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows. Crime, heists, action, romance, and more lies in the Six of Crows duology.
Detective Rosa Diaz- A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
When I think of Rosa, I think of a kickbutt female protagonist, which leads me to Zarin in A Girl Like That. Like Rosa, Zarin is someone who breaks boundaries and doesn’t necessarily fit in with the girls around here.
Detective Amy Santiago- One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Amy Santiago is so the person who reads mystery/thriller novels and tries to correctly guess the culprit on page one. Like many readers, Amy would find herself entranced by Karen M.McManus’s One of Us is Lying (with Jake maybe or maybe not reading over her shoulder—he’d be into The Breakfast Club vibes). I also feel like Amy is the type of person who has to read the book before the TV or movie adaptation, with One of Us is Lying being adapted for TV on E!.
Captain Raymond Holt-Sadie by Courtney Summers
Any B99 fan knows that Captain Raymond Holt has had some interesting experiences and cases with the NYPD- and Jake and Amy are dying to hear every story. The best YA thriller of 2018, Sadie is a remarkable story about one girl’s journey to avenge her sister’s murder. The book is also unique in its format, told through podcast episodes and Sadie’s perspective, and I’ve been highly recommended to listen to its audiobook for the podcast chapters.
Detective Charles Boyle- Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm
If you look up the definition of foodie, you’re likely to find Charles Boyle included. As a foodie and romance/#1 fan of Jake and Amy’s relationship, Love à la Mode includes many of Charles’ favorite things. Love à la Mode follows two American teens, Henry and Rose, who study abroad at a culinary academy in Paris. This book is filled with the cutest relationships, all the food (and cravings), and much more.
Gina Linetti- Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka
A book based off of Gina screams for a protagonist with Gina’s confidence, like Megan in Always Never Yours. While Gina would have no problem with starring as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Megan’s strong, unapologetic personality is tested when she’s unexpectedly cast in the role.
Sergeant Terry Jeffords- Pride by Ibi Zoiboi
Terry loves love (but maybe not as much as yogurt), so he would love Ibi Zoboi’s Pride and Prejudice retelling, Pride. Fitting right alongside with B99, Pride takes place in Brooklyn, as the wealthy Darcy brothers move to Zuri’s ever-changing Bushwick neighborhood.
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