Let’s Review: Music in YA

beautiful musicSo I just finished Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills. It’s the story of Gabe, born Elizabeth, who is trying to figure out life and being trans and coming out as being trans and what’s he going to do after graduation and how he’s in love with his best friend Paige and how he can get on the radio because being a DJ is what he really wants to do. It’s a really smart story of what it means to be something other than cisgendered, but it’s also all about the impact of music on Gabe’s life.

So if you’re one of those who are into everything from Aaliyah to ZZ Top (Get it? Aa to ZZ? I’ll stop now), here’s a list of books with characters who are just as obsessed as you. All of the music is either featured in the book or picked by the authors (who, we’d assume, know their characters best):

  • Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
    • Listen to: anything by Elvis
  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
    • Listen to: “I Wanna be Your Boyfriend” by The Ramones
  • Struts and Frets by Jon Skovron
    • Listen to: “Interstellar Space” by John Coltrane
  • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
    • Listen to: “Ace of Spades” by Motorhead
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
    • Listen to: “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
  • This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
    • Listen to: “At the Indie Disco” by The Divine Comedy
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