Rockers, Punks, and Freaks
Annotation: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.
Annotation:When Katy moves from Canada to Los Angeles, she figures she'll bury her nose in a book and ignore the fact that she's spending two weeks with her estranged father -- the drummer for the famously infamous band Suck. After all, she is a nice girl, a girl who is quiet and polite, a girl who is, well, beige. Or is she?
Annotation:Leo, a conservative Republican, learns that his biological father is a punk rock legend, and becomes a roadie on his father’s comeback tour.
Annotation:When Johnny completes an alcohol rehabilitation program and his mother sends him to live with his uncle in North Carolina, he meets Maria, who seems to understand his fascination with the new wave band Blondie.
Annotation: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.
Annotation:While sixteen-year-old Hen's family and friends try to make his supposed dreams of becoming a rock star come true, he deals with the reality of being in a band with an ex-girlfriend, a friendship that may become love, and his older sister's mysterious disappearance and reappearance.
Annotation:Regina Bloomsbury, a sixteen-year-old, Beatles obsessed rocker, takes a trip to an alternate reality where the Beatles never existed and her band, the Caverns, are the rock-and-roll superstars.
Annotation:Sixteen-year-old Idea Deity, who believes that he is a character in a novel who will die in the sixty-fourth chapter, has created a fictional underground rock band on the internet which, it turns out, may actually exist, and whose members are wondering who is broadcasting all their personal information.
Annotation:High school student Nick O'Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.
Annotation:When Callie interviews the band, Brass Rat, for her school newspaper, her feelings are ambivalent, but when all the children of Northampton begin to disappear on Halloween, she knows where the dangerous search must begin.
Annotation:Convinced that a raven has cursed him with bad luck, Eric Trashmettle ends his career as leader of Death Eric, the best rock band in the universe, and becomes an embarassment to his two children who, when they realize that the family's finances are suffering, plot to get him back on the stage for a comeback.
Annotation:When Misako comes from Japan to the U.S. as an exchange student, she is overwhelmed by all the cultural differences. But then she befriends Zac, the lead singer in a rock band. (Graphic novel)
Annotation:Scott Pilgrim is in a rock band and dating a cute high school girl. Then, a rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers enters his life. Will he have to face Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes. (Manga series)
Annotation:Miranda was the quiet type -- until she moved to Austin, Texas, home of the hippest rock bands. 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.
Annotation:Four suburban New Jersey students from the Leo R. Gittleman Jewish Day School form a rock band that becomes inexplicably popular, creating exhilaration, friction, confrontation, and soul-searching among its members.
Annotation:Sammy wants to be a musician, as was his grandfather, but while the band he is in is self-destructing, Sammy is too distracted by his grandfather's decline and confused feelings about his best friend to fix it.
Annotation:Living on a goat farm with "modern-hippy" parents means Janie does not have a normal high school life, until she joins a jam band, makes some new friends, and begins working on a local history project.
Annotation:Allie, a sixteen-year-old who is obsessed with LPs, works at the used record store on Telegraph Avenue and deals with crushes--her own and her mother's--her increasingly popular blog and zine, and generally grows up over the course of one summer in her hometown of Berkeley, California.
Annotation:Adam, now a rising rock star, and Mia, a successful cellist, reunite in New York and reconnect after the horrific events that tore them apart when Mia almost died in a car accident three years earlier. (Sequel to If I Stay)
Annotation:When sixteen-year-old rebel Bliss Cavendar, who is miserable living in a small Texas town with her beauty pageant-obsessed mother, secretly joins a roller derby team under the name “Babe Ruthless,” her life gets better, although infinitely more confusing.
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I wanna rock 'n roll all night, and read these books everyday! The following teen reader's advisory list features characters in bands or inspired by music in some way. Many times these characters are bad boys, wanna-be bad boys, wanna-be-with-the-bad-boys, or just plain old high school outcasts.