Teen Booklist

  • Lament

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    By Stiefvater, Maggie 

    On the day of an important music competition, talented but painfully introverted and nervous Deirdre Monaghan is helped to perform by the compelling and enigmatic Luke Dillon and finds herself inexorably drawn into the mysteries and dangers of the faerie world.

  • 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.
  • Nobody Does It Better (Gossip Girl series)

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    By Von Ziegesar, Cecily 

    Scandal abounds as the uptown girls take "time to shop, drink, eat, and make merry," winding up their days as Constance Billard students with a Senior Spa Day that is crashed by The Raves rock group and assorted other guys.

  • Notes From the Midnight Driver

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    By Sonnenblick, Jordan 

    After being assigned to perform community service at a nursing home, sixteen-year-old Alex befriends a cantankerous old man who has some lessons to impart about jazz guitar playing, love, and forgiveness.

  • She's Got the Beat

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    By Krulik, Nancy E. 

    Miranda was the quiet type-until she moved to Austin. Home of the hippest college rock bands, Austin, Texas, is a scene. And Miranda is dying to break out of her small-town shell. So she decides to do something totally un-Miranda: learn to play the drums. When crashing the cymbals, the girl's a wild child! Plus there's a perk to her new gig: a cute bass player.

  • Sorta Like a Rockstar

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    By Quick, Matthew 

    Although seventeen-year-old Amber Appleton is homeless, living in a school bus with her unfit mother, she is a relentless optimist who visits the elderly at a nursing home, teaches English to Korean Catholic women with the use of rhythm and blues music, and befriends a solitary Vietnam veteran and his dog, but eventually she experiences one burden more than she can bear and slips into a deep depression.

  • South Beach Sizzle

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    By Weyn, Suzanne 

    Lula Cruz and Jeff go to South Beach, Florida where they enter a band contest. There, Lula falls in love with Enrique. Is Enrique trying to win her over -- or just trying to win?

  • Taz

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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)

  • 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.

  • 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.