16 Pitch-Perfect YA Books for Music Lovers

by Dena McMurdie

Photography by Seana Williamson

Music speaks to teenagers the way nothing else can, and many young people feel a deep connection with it. When my teenage daughter (finally!) got a phone, the first thing she wanted was an app to play music. She puts in her earbuds whenever she has spare time and sings along to Broadway show tunes, movie soundtracks, and Billie Eilish’s latest hit.

Here are 16 excellent books for teens and YA readers that love music. You’ll find stories that give a behind-the-scenes peek at pop stardom and novels that use music to navigate change and heartache.