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‘Clarissa Explains It All’: Nickelodeon Series Gets Sequel Novel 24 Years Later

Tue, March 24, 2015 4:01pm EDT by Add first Comment
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This might be the day’s best news! A whopping 24 years after ‘Clarissa Explains it All’ premiered on Nickelodeon, we’ve now got a first look at the sequel novel, fittingly called, ‘Things I Can’t Explain.’

You’re obviously a fan of Clarissa Explains it All, the 90s era Nickelodeon series which, well, totally explained it all. However, did you know that the Melissa Joan Hart-starring show was actually based on a book of the same name? Well it is! And, it’s our lucky day because the series’ author and creator of ClarissaMitchell Kriegman, has just given some exclusive details on his followup novel!

‘Clarissa Explains It All’ Sequel Novel

We’re getting more Clarissa, you guys!

No, MJH isn’t returning to the role on television (though, we wish), but the character is very much still alive! In the new novel, which will hit shelves on Nov. 10, 2015, we catch back up with Clarissa, who is now in her mid twenties, in the present day. Though that timeline doesn’t necessarily make logistical sense, Mitchell says readers will have no problem getting on board.

“The novel picks up Clarissa’s life in her mid-twenties because it’s the most interesting moment to see where she’s been and where she’s going,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s why I say it’s a re-imagining of Clarissa. Things I Can’t Explain resets her story from a new moment.”

However, Mitchell does acknowledge that he is taking the creative liberty to make her the age he wants to make her. “I know the pop culture freaks and math geeks out there will pull out their calculators and say Clarissa would be older,” he said.

Clarissa’s ‘Adult Problems’

Though Mitchell claims that he still somewhat sees Clarissa as a 15-year-old, he insists that she is very much an adult in this new installation. “The tween years, which Clarissa was pretty good at explaining, are long gone and she’s entered the world of new issues that are pretty unexplainable,” he said. “Those adult problems looked way simpler from at fourteen-year-old girl perspective.”

Of course, with Clarissa coming back into our lives, we have to ask: What about Sam (played on the television series by Sean O’Neal)? Well, that’s a good question! “There’s a lot of Sam in this book in ways that are pretty meaningful,” Mitchell said. “I’ve been interested for a long time in what Sam was thinking all those years and I think we’ll finally get a deeper sense of that.”

Are you excited for Things I Can’t Explain?

— Casey Mink