Archie and Betty from Archie Comics are getting their own YA book. Archie: A Rock & Roll Romance, due out next week, and Diary of a Girl Next Door: Betty, due out July 16 from Archie Comics, are part of Archie Comics’ new series of young adult novels.
Author Dan Parent adapted Archie’s characters for the novel. “Things are shaken up in a big way when Valerie, Josie and the Pussycats’ bassist, moves to Riverdale,” explains the book’s description. “In the style of the Archie Wedding and Married Life graphic novels, Valerie takes a stroll down Riverdale’s magical Memory Lane and is greeted with a vision of what her life would be like if she married Archie. Of course, the future is full of surprises!”
Author Tania del Rio has adapted the character into the life of a modern day teen. “Betty Cooper has few of the luxuries that her privileged best friend Veronica Lodge enjoys, but she’s got something else that drives her wealthy friend crazy with jealousy,” explains the book’s description. “In a story full of heart and humor, find out how a normal, awkward teenage girl comes out feeling on top of the world in this hilarious new Diary series.”