Rad Reads

7 books inspired by awesome music


Here at GL, we heart books just as much as we heart music. So when the two are combined, we pretty much jump for joy. Each one of these reads is fueled by the sweet sounds of guitars, heavy bass and steady drum beats that will have you reaching for your headphones as soon as you hit the final sentence.


Which music-inspired books are you checking out this summer? Share in the comments below. 

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    The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz

    Allie is 16 years old, a music geek and now a full time employee at Berkley’s Bob and Bob Records. She’s pretty much exactly where she wants to be. She’s also a music reviewer named The Vinyl Princess, but shhh, it’s a secret. She puts up a fake identity to author her music zine and blog. Allie’s blog is super popular, but the record store business isn’t exactly booming and when it comes to guys, her mom is getting more dates than she is. For all the unique, music collectors out there, this read is just for you.

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    Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke

    Imogen’s life has never been easy. And after her mother’s death, things go from bad to worse. Her dad remarries, and along with a new stepmother comes an evil stepsister, Ella. Theatre becomes Imogen’s saving grace as she relishes in her time in the spotlight in her high school’s musical. That is, until her darkest secrets are thrown into the public and Imogen doesn’t know what to do next.

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    Amplified by Tara Kelly

    Leaving home is something most teens don’t experience until they go to college, but that isn’t the case for 17-year-old Jasmine. When Jasmine gets booted out of her house for not following her father’s wishes, she books it to Santa Cruz, CA with all the money she has. There, she finds the perf place to live, but must convince the current band of tenants to let her move in and join their band. Lets just say Jasmine’s privileged days are long gone.

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    If I Stay by Gayle Forman

    Go ahead and add this national best seller to your must-read list now, so you’re ready to go when the film adaption starring Chloe Grace Moretz hits theaters Aug. 22. Mia has a choice to make: should she chose her Julliard career over her boyfriend and family, or put her love of music behind her to keep her BF and fam by her side? But suddenly she’s faced with a much more difficult choice after she and her family are injured in a terrible car accident: life or death?

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    Saving June by Hannah Harrington

    Losing a family member is hard enough, but when it’s your older sister and your parents get a divorce on top of all that, it’s easy to understand why Harper has lost pretty much all her sanity. Things get even more complicated when her parents try to split her sister’s ashes between households. That’s when Harper decides to swipe her sister’s urn and drive to California—where her sis only ever dreamed of going—with her bestie Laney. Now the classic rock-obsessed Jake want to tag along. And, unexpectedly, he spills a thing or two about music, life, love and so much more.

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    This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

    Elise isn’t Miss. Popular. She’s never really been that great at making friends in general and she’s definitely the girl most likely to be picked last in gym. But when a late night warehouse party pulls her in, she suddenly has friends. And cool, talented friends to boot. A singer, a DJ, a carefree spirit come together to lift Elise up and bring out her inner DJ. This cast of characters will show you just how powerful music can be.

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    Merch Girl by Rebecca Lewis

    Lacey and Trina’s love of music is out of control. The love leads them to sneak into a Boston nightclub to see their favorite band. Soon enough, they find themselves meeting the band and hanging out on their tour bus. Even better, the girls charm their way into working for the band as merch girls, getting to sell merchandise on the band’s first ever summer tour. Suddenly, their last summer before college proves to be much crazier than either of the girls ever imagined.


by Sydney Adamson | 2/1/2016
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