Books that rock

Forming bands, seeing bands, becoming a rock star, dating a rock star, being the child of a rock star, playing classical music, keeping a song journal—if you’re looking for books with a musical beat, check these out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
YA Fiction
While trying to score a date with her cute co-worker at the Scooper Dooper, sixteen-year-old Audrey  gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts.
 


Wild Roses by Deb Caletti
YA Fiction
Seventeen-year-old Cassie learns about the good and bad sides of both love and genius while living with her mother and brilliant, yet disturbed, violinist stepfather and falling in love with a gifted young musician.
 


Beige by Cecil Castellucci
YA Fiction
Katy, a quiet French-Canadian teen, reluctantly leaves Montréal to spend time with her estranged father, an aging Los Angeles punk rock legend.
 


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks
A coming of age novel about Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. He deals with the usual teen problems, but also with the suicide of his best friend.
 


Pop Princess by Rachel Cohn
YA Fiction
Yearning to escape the Massachusetts town where her family retreated after her sister's death, Wonder Blake gets her chance when her sister's manager offers her a record contract on her sixteenth birthday.
 


Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
YA Fiction
High school student Nick O'Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex.
 


Songs for a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson
YA Fiction
Having lived in twelve places in eight years, fourteen-year-old Calle knows better than to put down roots, storing memories in a song journal, but friends are there to help when she learns why her mother has always been on the run.
 


Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
YA Fiction
Isolated from friends who believe the worst, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life.
 


Friend is Not a Verb by Daniel Ehrenhaft
YA Fiction
Sixteen-year-old Hen deals with the reality of being in a band with an ex-girlfriend, a friendship that may become love, and his older sister's mysterious disappearance and reappearance.
 


Fat Kid Rules the World by KL Going
YA Fiction
Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.
 


Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks
When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a musical about  his relationship with them both.
 


Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes
YA Fiction
When five freshmen in Rhode Island find themselves in detention, they form an impromptu band composed of unusual instruments and perform quirky tunes inspired by dentist jingles and dying cats.
 


Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
YA Fiction
Eighteen-year-old Piper becomes the manager for her classmates' popular rock band, called Dumb, giving her the chance to prove her capabilities to her parents and others, if only she can get the band members to get along.
 


In Mozart's Shadow: His Sister's Story by Carolyn Meyer
YA Fiction
In eighteenth-century Europe, Anna "Nannerl" Mozart, a musician whose talent and dedication is overshadowed by that of her gifted younger brother, Wolfgang, struggles to win the notice of her father and patrons who might further her career, despite her gender.
 


Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks
When his younger brother is diagnosed with leukemia, thirteen-year-old Steven tries to deal with his complicated emotions, his school life, and his desire to support his family.
 


Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
YA Fiction
When music prodigy James Morgan and his best friend, Deirdre, join a private conservatory for musicians, his talent attracts Nuala, a faerie muse who fosters and feeds on creative energies, but soon he finds himself battling the Queen of the Fey for the very lives of Deirdre and Nuala.
 


A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
YA Fiction
Ten-year-old Zoe Elias, who longs to play the piano but must resign herself to learning the organ instead, finds that her musicianship has a positive impact on her workaholic mother, her jittery father, and her social life.
 


The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld
YA Fiction
As an ancient evil stirs beneath the streets of New York City, infecting rats and people like a plague, five quirky teens come together to form a "New Sound" band whose music seems to have paranormal power.
 


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