12 Books Like ‘The Good Place’ That Are Really Forking Good

Janet, help us prepare for your show’s final season because we are not ready.

We are already emotionally preparing ourselves for the inevitable end (*sob*) of one of TV’s most iconic comedy shows about death, the afterlife, demons we want to be friends with (or at the very least steal bad jokes from), and how at the end of the day, no matter where we are in life, we can always do a little better than the day before. We really don’t want to say goodbye to Eleanor, Tahani, Chidi, Jason, or our favorite overthinking demon-with-a-heart, Michael, but alas.

To fill that Good Place-shaped hole in your life, check out the books below. And we all know the real secret: with books, we’re in the Good Place already.

Or… that is what this is, right?

1. Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

With demons galore and a plot that sets you on one path—and then completely twists you onto another (we promise we won’t tease anything more specific than that…) this is an unlikely yet very appropriate read-alike.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him. Read More.
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2. Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

Opposite of Always has time loops, yes, and moral conundrums tied into the consequences caused by each of one’s actions, but it’s a story that, at its heart, is anchored by the characters’ relationships, emotions, and growth.

When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack.

But then Kate dies. And their story should end there.

Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind.

Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do to save the people he loves. Read More.
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3. They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

Okay, so this book takes place a bit before The Good Place would set it, but Mateo and Rufus’s quest to live their last day on Earth in the best possible way is the essence of redemption and starting from where you are to become a better person that The Good Place so brilliantly captures.

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news:

They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day. Read More.
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4. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

A girl gets a second chance after death to learn to become a better person? Sounds like Eleanor and Samantha might get along… if they weren’t so stubborn about trusting people.

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid.

And it is… until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined. Read More.
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