Fat Kid Rules the World

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By Going, K.L.

Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.


If I Stay

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By Forman, Gayle

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.


This Lullaby

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By Dessen, Sarah

Raised by a mother who's had five husbands, eighteen-year-old Remy believes in short-term, no-commitment relationships until she meets Dexter, a rock band musician.


Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

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By Cohn, Rachel
Nick, the "nonqueer bassist in a queercore band," is onstage when he spots his ex-girlfriend, Tris. 
Once offstage, he propositions a girl he has never met, hoping to make Tris jealous:
"Would you mind being my girlfriend for five minutes?"
Norah, also heartbroken (and hoping Nick will drive her home), agrees.
What begins as a spontaneous ploy turns into something surprising and real in the course of one night.


Face the Music (Diary of a Teenage Girl series)

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By Carlson, Melody

Seventeen-year-old Chloe Miller and her friends continue to tour as Redemption, a rising new Christian band, experiencing love, death, and marriage, but learning where to turn when things spin out of control.


Wild Roses

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By Caletti, Deb

Seventeen-year-old Cassie Morgan has a secret: She's living with a time bomb (a.k.a. her stepfather, Dino Cavalli). To the public, Dino is a world-renowned violinist and composer. To Cassie, he's an erratic, self-centered bully. Dino has always been difficult, but as he prepares for his comeback concert, something in him begins to shift. He seems more high-strung than ever, set of by any little thing. He stops sleeping, starts chain-smoking. And he grows increasingly paranoid, saying things that Cassie is desperate to make sense of, but can't. So she does what she thinks she must: She tries to hide his behavior from the outside world. Before, she was angry. Now, she is afraid. Enter Ian Waters: a brilliant young violinist, and Dino's first-ever student. The minute Cassie lays eyes on Ian she knows she's doomed. She tries everything to keep away from him, but is drawn to him in a way she's never felt before. It should be easy. It should be beautiful. It is not. Cassie thought she understood that love could bring pain. But this union will have consequences she could not have imagined.



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By Artburn, Stephen

Twenty-year-old Taz, African American sound engineer for the all-white-teenaged YB2, questions his sense of belonging.  (Young Believers on Tour series)


Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys

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By Block, Francesca Lia

With their parents away, four young people form a rock band that becomes wildly popular, carrying them into a "freer" life than they can cope with.


Audrey, Wait!

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By Benway, Robin

While trying to score a date with her cute co-worker at the Scooper Dooper, sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts.




Heavy Metal and You

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By Krovatin, Christopher

High schooler Sam begins losing himself when he falls for a preppy girl who wants him to give up getting wasted with his best friends and even his passion for heavy metal music in order to become a better person.


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