YA Books To Read if You Love Billie Eilish

With a brand-new album, Happier Than Ever, and a British Vogue cover that nearly broke the internet, everyone’s talking about Billie Eilish. An award-winning singer-songwriter, Billie is beloved by her fans for being honest, relatable, and real. She’s been incredibly open about her struggles and her passions. Check out this YA book roundup inspired by some of the things we love most about Billie!

Because she appreciates a donut: Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love by Jared Reck

We loved watching Billie snack her way around a mall food court in the music video for “Therefore I Am.” Therefore, we are putting Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love by Jared Reck on our list. Lou, one of the main characters in the book, cares about food waste so much that she’s tackling the issue at her high school. Oskar (along with his grandfather) runs a food truck that sells delicious Swedish pastries based on his family’s recipes. Donuts, music videos with donuts, and books about donuts? We’ll take all of the donuts, please.

Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love

Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love

It’s easy to look at high school senior Oscar Olsson and think: lost. He hates school, struggles to read, and wants nothing to do with college. But Oscar is anything but lost—he knows exactly what he wants and exactly how to get it. Oscar and Farfar, the Swedish grandfather who’s raised him, run a food truck together selling rullekebab and munkar, and Oscar wants to finish school so he can focus on the food truck full-time.

It’s easy to look at Mary Louise (Lou for short) Messinger and think: driven. AP everything, valedictorian in her sights, and Ivy league college aspirations, When Lou hijacks Oscar’s carefully crafted schedule of independent studies and blocks of time in the Culinary Lab, Oscar is roped into helping Lou complete her over-ambitious, resume-building service project-reducing food waste in Central Adams High School. While Lou stands to gain her Girl Scout Gold Award, Oscar will be faced with a mountain of uneaten school apples and countless hours with a girl he can’t stand.

Because she is truly and authentically herself: Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins

We love that Billie is never afraid to be herself. She’s frequently spoken up about issues like body inclusivity and the scrutiny faced by young women in the spotlight. That’s why we’re including Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins. This fun rom-com also looks at the price of fame for young women in the music industry. Natalia is a Brazilian pop star who falls apart after a messy public breakup, then uses the experience to embrace her authentic self. While Billie seems ahead of Natalia in her self-acceptance journey, we think she’d cheer Natalia on and give her some great advice.

Like a Love Song

Like a Love Song

Natalie is living her dream: topping the charts and setting records as a Brazilian pop star… until she’s dumped spectacularly on live television. Not only is it humiliating–it could end her career.

Her PR team’s desperate plan? A gorgeous yet oh-so-fake boyfriend. Nati reluctantly agrees, but William is not what she expected. She was hoping for a fierce bad boy–not a soft-hearted British indie film star. While she fights her way back to the top with a sweet and surprisingly swoon-worthy boy on her arm, she starts to fall for William–and realizes that maybe she’s the biggest fake of them all. Can she reclaim her voice and her heart?

Because she’s spoken out about sexual harassment: Off the Record by Camryn Garrett

Billie has discussed the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in the music industry and beyond. So our list had to include Off the Record by Camryn Garrett, a book with a main character who advocates for survivors of sexual harassment and amplifies their stories. Josie is a teen reporter who’s given a dream assignment. But Josie’s dream turns into a nightmare when she hears whispers about a famous person who’s a serial abuser. We think Billie and Josie would have a lot to discuss!

Off the Record

Off the Record

Ever since seventeen-year-old Josie Wright can remember, writing has been her identity, the thing that grounds her when everything else is a garbage fire. So when she wins a contest to write a celebrity profile for Deep Focus magazine, she’s equal parts excited and scared, but also ready. She’s got this.

Soon Josie is jetting off on a multi-city tour, rubbing elbows with sparkly celebrities, frenetic handlers, stone-faced producers, and eccentric stylists. She even finds herself catching feelings for the subject of her profile, dazzling young newcomer Marius Canet. Josie’s world is expanding so rapidly, she doesn’t know whether she’s flying or falling. But when a young actress lets her in on a terrible secret, the answer is clear: she’s in over her head.

Because she has confessed to being obsessed with horror movies: Room Service by Maren Stoffels and Prom House by Chelsea Mueller

In an interview, Billie revealed her love of horror movies and how they’ve influenced her. We love scary stuff, too, so we’re adding Room Service by Maren Stoffels to our list. This book, about four friends celebrating their birthday weekend together at a hotel, will give you all the horror movie chills. If you devour this one and are craving another creepy page-turner, you should check out That Weekend by Kara Thomas. What’s supposed to be an after-prom getaway turns into a nightmare when Claire wakes up alone and bloodied on a hiking trail with no memory of the past forty-eight hours.

Room Service

Room Service

A fancy hotel + no parents = party time for four friends celebrating a birthday weekend. But when an uninvited party guest seeking revenge turns up, the fun quickly turns into a nightmare.

Because her relationship with her brother is sibling goals: Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

We’re impressed by anyone who chooses to hang out with their siblings, so we’re in awe of the fact that Billie and her brother Finneas write and perform together, as well as being super supportive of each other’s careers. Since the Billie-Finneas sibling relationship is so aspirational, we’ve put Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim on our list. When Shiori accidentally loses control of her forbidden magic, she’s banished from her kingdom and her six brothers are turned into cranes. Even worse, if she tells anyone, her brothers will die. Six Crimson Cranes is about Shiori’s quest to save her beloved brothers and reclaim her life. If this were to happen to Billie, we know she’d not only save Finneas, she’d write an amazing song about it.

Six Crimson Cranes

Six Crimson Cranes

Shiori’anma, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted. But it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.

A sorceress in her own right, Raikama banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes. She warns Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.

Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and uncovers a dark conspiracy to seize the throne. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in a paper bird, a mercurial dragon, and the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to forswear–no matter what the cost.

Tell us in comments, what do you love most about Billie, and what books would you add to our list?

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