You might not immediately put books and music together. Yes, there are books about music, but what about books with a soundtrack? That’s right, soundtracks are not just for movies anymore! Here a few books that have their own soundtracks (or at the very least, an integral playlist)—and don’t forget, if you love a song, the library has tons of CDs that you can borrow!
The Duff by Kody Keplinger
Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
Music inspires Keplinger! On her website you’ll find a list of songs that either inspired the writing, or reminded her of the characters in her book. From Oasis, to Jack’s Mannequin and Taylor Swift, there’s a little bit of everything on her playlists. Visit her website to see the full listings!
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
In this 2015 Rhode Island Teen Book Award nominee, discovering her talent as a DJ sixteen year old Elise finds strength and passion in music. See the songs here!
Scar Boys by Len Vhahos
This 2016 Rhode Island Teen Book Award nominee about a high school band trying to hit it big uses song titles for each of it’s chapters (plus, the book is based on the author’s own experiences!). You can check out the whole playlist here on Spotify, as well as a great interview with Vlahos about music and his book.