Music-Themed YA Books That Will Make Your Heart Sing

Music uplifts and inspires us, comforts and connects us. Music and dance let us express our heartfelt feelings and our deepest fears. Whether you’re a pop lover, an aspiring songwriter, a dancing queen, or a band superfan, you’ll find books on our list that will get your toes tapping, your fingers snapping, and your heart singing.

19 Love Songs by David Levithan

19 Love Songs is a beautiful collection of love stories organized like an album or playlist. Each “track” offers a peek into a unique relationship. The collection has love stories written in both prose and verse, features fiction and nonfiction, and explores many different types of love, from romantic to family to friendship. Each story is unique and memorable. Each one vibrates with emotion. Together they make an unforgettable reading experience.

19 Love Songs

19 Love Songs

By David Levithan

A resentful member of a high school Quiz Bowl team with an unrequited crush.

A Valentine’s Day in the life of Every Day‘s protagonist “A.”

A return to the characters of Two Boys Kissing.

19 Love Songs, from New York Times bestselling author David Levithan, delivers all of these stories and more. Born from Levithan’s tradition of writing a story for his friends each Valentine’s Day, this collection brings all of them to his readers for the first time. With fiction, nonfiction, and a story in verse, there’s something for every reader here.

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

Told from multiple perspectives, The Beauty That Remains is the story of three characters reeling from heartbreaking losses. Autumn, Logan, and Shay have each recently lost someone important to them. All three are also fans of a recently broken-up band called Unraveling Lovely. Told in prose and interspersed with texts and social media posts, The Beauty That Remains is a moving portrayal of grief and mourning and an ode to the healing power of music.

The Beauty That Remains

The Beauty That Remains

By Ashley Woodfolk

Loss pulled Autumn, Shay, and Logan apart. Will music bring them back together?

Autumn always knew exactly who she was: a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan has always turned to writing love songs when his real love life was a little less than perfect.

But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger who’s struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

After her parents’ divorce, Evie has become cynical about love and romance. And she has a new superpower: when she sees a couple embrace, she has a vision of exactly how their relationship will end. But when she signs up for lessons at the La Brea Dance Studio, she’s quickly swept up in a sultry tango with a guy named Xavier. Falling in love is the last thing Evie wants, but can she resist the pull of the music and the way it (and Xavier) tugs at her heartstrings? Like all the best love songs, Instructions for Dancing will shatter your heart into a million pieces and put them back together again!

Instructions for Dancing

Instructions for Dancing

By Nicola Yoon

Evie Thomas doesn’t believe in love anymore. Especially after the strangest thing occurs one otherwise ordinary afternoon: She witnesses a couple kiss and is overcome with a vision of how their romance began… and how it will end. After all, even the greatest love stories end with a broken heart, eventually.

Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance by Nisha Sharma

Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance follows two characters struggling to balance family pressures with their own hopes and dreams. Radha, a high school senior, is an up-and-coming kathak dancer. But when a shocking family revelation triggers her performance anxiety, she turns her back on competing and moves to a new city. Jai is head of his high school’s Bollywood Beats dance team and sees Radha as the secret weapon he needs to choreograph a showstopping end-of-year routine. Together, these two will face their fears, redefine their futures, and celebrate the joy of music and dance.

Radha & Jai's Recipe for Romance

Radha & Jai's Recipe for Romance

By Nisha Sharma

Radha is on the verge of becoming one of the greatest kathak dancers in the world… until a family betrayal costs her the biggest competition of her life. Now she has left her Chicago home behind to follow her stage mom to New Jersey. At the Princeton Academy of the Arts, Radha is determined to leave performing in her past and reinvent herself from scratch.

Jai is captain of the Bollywood Beats dance team, ranked first in his class, and is an overachiever with no college plans. Tight family funds means medical school is a pipe dream, which is why he wants to make the most out of high school. When Radha enters his life, he realizes she’s the exact ingredient he needs for a show-stopping senior year.

Sunkissed by Kasie West

In Sunkissed, Avery’s plans for a magical summer were shattered by her best friend’s betrayal. Now she’s headed to a family resort, a place with no internet and a bit too much togetherness. When Avery’s love of music inspires her to join the camp’s band, she slowly regains her confidence and finds her rhythm. Will Avery’s attraction to Brooks, the band’s cute guitarist, be just a summer fling, or will these two find lasting harmony?

Sunkissed

Sunkissed

By Kasie West

A lighthearted and swoony contemporary YA romance by fan-favorite author Kasie West about a girl who finds that a summer spent at a family resort isn't as bad as she imagined . . . and that falling in love is filled with heartache, laughter, and surprises!

Avery has always used music as an escape. But after her best friend betrays her, even her perfectly curated playlists can't help her forget what happened. To make matters worse, her parents...

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