This year on the Hub we are celebrating the Twelve Days of YA with a series of posts loosely based on the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas gifts. We have converted each gift into a related theme common to YA and paired it with a list of relevant titles. You may use the Twelve Days of YA tag to read all of the posts in the series.
Special thanks goes to Carli Spina, Faythe Arredondo, Sharon Rawlins, Geri Diorio, Becky O’Neil, Carla Land, Katie Yu, Laura Perenic, Jennifer Rummel, Libby Gorman, Carly Pansulla, and Allison Tran for their help creating the booklists and organizing this series.
On the fourth day of YA, my true love gave to me four calling birds.
Music is a fantastic partner for books. Many YA authors are very open about the influence that music has on their stories. Whether it’s providing a playlist that was on repeat while writing, song lyrics at the beginning of each chapter, or having the plot of the story based on the characters’ love of music, you cannot ignore musical YA. We hope you enjoy the rockin’ titles we picked and encourage you to share your favorites in the comments!
- This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales (2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults)
- The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg (2013 Readers’ Choice Nominee, 2013 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults)
- Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
- Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony (2013 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults)
- Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
- Chorus by Emma Trevayne
- Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway (2014 Top Ten Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2009 Best Books for Young Adults)
- Breakout by Kevin Emerson
– Jessica Lind, currently reading My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins