As a child of the 80’s and 90’s, a little part of me jumps for joy whenever one of my favorite starts from back in the day writes a book. Of course, I don’t read most of them because I don’t want to ruin my teenage self’s idea of them (think Kirk Cameron), but I get excited nonetheless. If you’re a braver soul than I, however, here are 10 books by some of our favorite stars of the 90’s to take you back.
On my 12th birthday I stood in line for over 8 hours at the Prudential building in Boston to meet Candace Cameron because DJ Tanner was everything I wanted to be. Two decades later I can still recite lines from Full House and think DJ Tanner was the coolest kid ever. Candace Cameron, of course, has evolved over the years and has become an outspoken advocate of her Christian faith and has released two book, Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose and Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness.
Neil Patrick Harris
Millennials know Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother, but I remember his as Doogie Howser, M.D. I actually don’t remember much about this show other than that I liked it, but I don’t know that people would have expected the celebrity status he has achieved today. He recently released a book titled Choose Your Own Autobiography.
Clueless is, hands down, my favorite movie. I know every line and find some new throwback I didn’t see before with each new view (like the fact that they are drinking Starbucks before it was popular). Since then, Alicia Silverstone has become an advocate for animal rights and released two books titled The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet and The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning.
There’s not much that needs to be said about Vanilla Ice because, well, it’s Vanilla Ice, but he wrote Ice by Ice: The Vanilla Ice Story In His Own Words.
Technically Daria is a cartoon character from MTV but she was awesome anyway. So awesome, in fact, she got her own book, which is aptly called The Daria Diaries.
Macauley Culkin is known for a lot of things but in the 90’s he was that cute kid who slapped his face in Home Alone. He’s led an interesting life and has been the subject of a few death hoaxes, but did you now he tried his hand at fiction? He did, and his book is titled Junior.
Before she was posing in bikinis for men’s magazines or fighting demons, Alyssa Milano was that adorably scrappy kid on Who’s the Boss. You might not know it but she has quite the sense of humor and even released a book called Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic.
Millennials have McDreamy but I had the boys of 90210. Granted, I wasn’t actually allowed to watch the show, but I did have a Jason Priestley poster on my wall (next to Luke Perry’s, of course). I’m not sure whether his book will discuss his hair gel regimen, but you can find out in Jason Priestley: A Memoir.
You know Winnie from The Wonder Years? Well, she’s a bona fide genius and is all about making math and science cool for girls, like in her multiple books Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail, Hot X: Algebra Exposed!, Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss, and Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape.
Back in the day, Kirk Cameron was so cute and cool. Of course, things change as time goes on and he’s not exactly the same troublemaking teen that he was, but he’s managed to stay in the limelight with his movie series, Left Behind, and has a few books, including The School of Biblical Evangelism: 101 Lessons: How to Share Your Faith Simply, Effectively, Biblically… the Way Jesus Did and Conquer Your Fear, Share Your Faith: Evangelism Made Easy, not to mention his memoir, Still Growing: An Autobiography.