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