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Teen Drama Stars Who Have Written Books
Recent works by Andrew McCarthy and Elisa Donovan got me thinking: How many teen drama stars have written books?
McCarthy, who appeared in one episode of “Gossip Girl” and directed six episodes of it, came out with Brat: An ‘80s Story in May. Donovan, who played Ginger in four episodes of “Beverly Hills, 90210” and whom I interviewed for the original TDW back in 2009, had her book, Wake Me When You Leave: Love and Encouragement via Dreams from the Other Side, published in June.
To find out which teen drama series regulars — that is, main cast members on the six core teen dramas; not recurring stars or guest stars — have written books, keep reading.
Beverly Hills, 90210
Jason Priestley (Brandon)
Priestley writes extensively about “Beverly Hills, 90210” — both joining and leaving the show — but I admit I never finished this book. I started it on a vacation and then… I don’t even know. It just sat on my nightstand for ages and is now in a storage container amidst 823748563018 books.
Shannen Doherty (Brenda)
This one I admittedly consciously chose to stop reading. Certain parts angered me early on, namely Doherty writing that she wouldn’t make excuses for her misbehavior from her “Beverly Hills, 90210” years and then going on to do exactly that. She even puts blame on her co-stars for having no idea what she was dealing with at home with her family… but whose fault was it that they didn’t know? But I digress.
Jennie Garth (Kelly)
I powered through this one at a Barnes & Noble, flipping through every page for mentions of “Beverly Hills, 90210.” I recall being disappointed (and am pretty sure I tweeted about it) over the amount of mistakes and even wishing I could’ve fact-checked the book. Kind of how I feel about “9021OMG” today…
Tori Spelling (Donna)
I more or less devoured Spelling’s first three books. I even wrote a “Cliffnotes” post for the original TDW about uncharted terriTORI and shared my experience going to Spelling’s book signing. Spelling’s tweet about my review will always mean a lot to me.
Tiffani Thiessen (Valerie)
That second offering is a collaboration with Thiessen’s husband, Brady Smith. I’m holding out hope she’ll do a traditional memoir someday.
Carol Potter (Cindy)
Not everyone knows Potter studied at Harvard and went into professional counseling after she left “Beverly Hills, 90210.” I haven’t read this, but I did recommend it to a close friend whose son is medically fragile.
Busy Philipps (Audrey)
It feels like this one came out much more recently than 2018, though I have still yet to read it. I don’t think they’ll ever do it because they’re way too private, but I’d love to eventually get memoirs from Katie Holmes (Joey) and Philipps’ BFF Michelle Williams (Jen).
One Tree Hill
Hilarie Burton (Peyton)
I’ve seen fans express disappointment that Burton doesn’t talk more about “One Tree Hill” in this book, but it remains on my list to read. And I think Burton has intimated that she wants to do a follow-up.
Jana Kramer (Alex)
Now that Kramer and Michael Caussin have officially split, don’t be surprised if the actress-singer writes another book about her post-divorce life.
Kristen Bell (Gossip Girl)
While this is a children’s book, I predict that — given how open she is — Bell will release something more memoir-ish down the road.
Are you surprised more of the main teen drama stars haven’t written books? Or was this list longer than you expected? I think it makes sense that most of the offerings to date have come from the “Beverly Hills, 90210” cast. Typically, the older a star gets, the more likely they are to do a memoir looking back on their life and career.
We’ve yet to receive anything from series regulars of “The O.C.” or “90210,” but I fully expect we’ll be treated to books by at least one or two of them sooner or later. Have you read any of the above books? Share in the comments below!