Read Like a Rock Star: Teen Books Where Music Takes Center Stage


The written word is always entertaining, but it’s even better if you can tie your reading habits in with your other interests.  If you’re a musician, or just a music lover, there’s no better way to relate to a book than to find yourself a story with music as a main theme.  If you’re in the market for a rockin’ YA read, try one of the following titles where music plays a central role.

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen: Remy doesn’t really believe in relationships, until she meets rock-band member Dexter.

Beat the Band by Don Calame: Coop tries to increase his social status by entering his terrible band in the Battle of the Bands.

Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick: Stephen uses music to help deal with his younger brother’s leukemia.

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway: Audrey deals with newfound, and unwanted, fame when her rock star ex-boyfriend writes a break up song about her.

Beige by Cecil Castellucci: Katy leaves home to spend time with her estranged, punk rock legend father.

Jane by April Lindner: In this retelling of Jane Eyre, nanny Jane falls in love with her rock star employer.

-Liz V., Youth Services Librarian

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