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5 of Today's Hit Songs as YA Novels

From the poppy hits you jam to in the car to the melodramatic ballads you cry to, each song tells their own story in the same way a YA novel does. The top-charting songs especially reflect what people want and need to hear now—even if it’s just about taking your horse down to the Old Town Road.

Here are five YA novels that have the same energy as you favorite hit songs of 2019:

"Truth Hurts" by Lizzo / Finding Mr. Better-Than-You by Shani Petroff

This upcoming Swoon title (out in January 2020!) is about moving on from a messy breakup and needing “something more exciting.” When Camryn’s longtime boyfriend unexpectedly dumps her, she vows to make senior year her time for revenge by moving on to a boy who outdoes her ex.

"Bad Guy" by Billie Eilish / The Supervillain and Me by Danielle Banas

Abby Hamilton knows all about “bad guys,” considering she lives in a world of literal heroes and villains, including her heroic brother. She must re-evaluate what she knows about good and evil when she falls for a charming supervillain, Iron Phantom.

"I Don’t Care" by Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran / If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann

Winnie has just been crowned her town’s Summer Queen, which would be spectacular for her if it didn’t come with the baggage of a schedule packed with events in the spotlight. Winnie is learning to make “all the bad things disappear” and be her best, most comfortable self.

"Lights Up" by Harry Styles / Love Scene Take Two by Alex Evansley

Harry’s new single asks, “Do you know who you are?” Teddy Sharp doesn’t have an answer, till a whirlwind romance forces him to figure out who he truly is. When movie star Teddy has a flight delay, he meets author Bennett Caldwell and they immediately click. But can their relationship survive the fame and rumors when the lights go up?

"Lover" by Taylor Swift / Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale

Babe Vogel can try all she wants to keep herself from falling for any of the tourists who stay in her Maine beach town for the summer, but that becomes impossible when Levi Keller shows up. “Lover” sets the perfect mood for the coffee shop setting where Levi spends his time.

What current bops make you think of YA novels? Tell is the comments below!

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