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The Secret Reading Habits of the Furious 7 Crew

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We know their taste in cars and muscle-shirts, but what does Dom’s family read in their spare time? Here’s an exclusive look at the secret reading habits of the Furious 7 crew.

Caution: Fast & Furious franchise spoilers abound.

Everyone: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed.

Furious 7 crew with Tiny Beautiful Things

Listen, this crew has been through a lot. First Letty was dead, then she wasn’t but she had amnesia; then Gisele died; then Han died. (RIP Gisele and Han, my OTP whom I will never ever get over. Ever.) Also everyone gets shot at CONSTANTLY. Mia was kidnapped! They have a lot to process, and no one is better at helping you get through tough times than Strayed. Which Hobbs knows very well, as he is the one who bought everyone a copy.

Mia and Brian: Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach

Mia and Brian with Go the F to Sleep

Parenting is serious business, especially when crazed villains are trying to kidnap you and/or your baby. So it’s important to keep your sense of humor intact, and nothing gets parents laughing like this hilarious picture book. Brian reads it out loud to Jack every night when he thinks Mia isn’t paying attention (but doesn’t dare if Uncle Dom is in the house).

Dom: Hammer Head by Nina MacLaughlin

Dom with Hammer Head

Dominic Toretto is a man who knows the value of working with your hands. And what with all the races, heists, villain-fighting, and baby-sitting, he doesn’t have a ton of time to read. Which is why he picked up Hammer Head. The chapters are short and pithy, and MacLaughlin’s voice is engaging and thoughtful as well as straight-forward. Dom appreciates not only her analysis of the benefits of carpentry, but the changes her life took as she became immersed in her new career. In fact, he’s thinking about making a little room for woodworking in the garage; after all, Jack could use some new toys.

Letty: Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro

Letty with Bitch Planet

Letty has more than proved that she can handle anything that comes her way — including getting recruited by an evil mastermind and losing her entire history. She’s been on the run from the law, she’s been the hero. She’s had it rough, and she has come through it stronger. And that’s why she’s obsessed with Bitch Planet. The troubles that these non-compliant women face are immediately familiar to her, as well as their take-no-shit attitude. In fact, she got her own NC tattoo after reading #3.

Roman: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Roman with Happiness Project

Roman has always been the most carefree of the crew, and even when things are at their worst he’s looking for the silver lining. After Hobbs got him Tiny Beautiful Things, he wandered into the self-help section of the local bookstore just to see what else might catch his eye. Which is how he found The Happiness Project. Because let’s face it — when you’re constantly dealing with imminent danger, destruction, maiming, and death, who couldn’t stand to be a little happier?

Hobbs: The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Hobbs with The Summer Prince

He may look rough and tough (and so sweaty) on the outside, but we all know that bounty hunter/DSS agent Luke Hobbs has a heart of gold and an open mind. What you don’t know about is his secret love of adventure. When he gets home, he just wants to put his feet up and get his mind off the crazy-ass people he has to deal with. He picked up The Summer Prince after his last trip to Brazil. Johnson’s take on the art and political scene is fascinating, and the dystopic elements certainly feel familiar to someone used to dealing with the messed up world of international bureaucracy. It’s also a page-turning, high-stakes book with a warm beating heart — perfect for a do-gooder action hero.

Tej: Pluto and Naruto

Tej with Naruto

When he’s not sorting out high-powered grappling guns and demolitions for the crew, Tej is revisiting his old manga favorites. Since he’s out of the racing game, he’s got more time and a whole lot of classics to get to! He just recently reread the entire run of Pluto, by Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka — cars, robots, conspiracies, mysterious murders, it’s sci-fi perfection. Next up is Naruto, all 72 volumes.

Deckard Shaw: Get Some Headspace by Andy Puddicombe

Deckard Shaw with Get Some Headspace

Deckard is understandably upset about the death of his brother Owen — but is killing a bunch of people really the best way to deal with it? Sometimes, he’s not so sure. And while it’s not specifically geared towards grief, Get Some Headspace is packed with techniques for dealing with the entire range of human emotion. Even with his busy assassin schedule, Deckard finds 10 minutes to set aside every day to help get his head right. (It’s just taking a while, is all.)


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