The Greatest City in the World #Ham4YA
Hi Swoon readers!
There has been an epidemic in the office of Swoon Reads as of late. It’s intense and spreading from office to office. It’s the soundtrack of Hamilton. I, along with what feels like the rest of planet Earth have become completely obsessed with the new hit Broadway musical about our first Secretary of the Treasury. The score is an incredibly catchy collection of hip hop songs and an incredible piece of writing. We are swooning over Lin Manuel Miranda and his musical.
One of the things I love about this show is that it really celebrates New York City. In Hamilton, the city is almost a character of its own. So, in honor of celebrating YA through the lens of Hamilton #Ham4YA, here are some YA favorites of mine where the big apple plays a big role.
Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
As someone who grew up in the city, I have always appreciated books with suburban settings that I lived vicariously through. But then, Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist came along and spoke my language. Rather than high school parties and midnight drives, the book’s event unfold over an entire night all around downtown New York City—because sometimes it’s just too quiet uptown.
Love and Other Four Letter Words by Carolyn Mackler
This book has always hit close to home for me. 16-year old Sammy’s parents split up and she is New York City bound to live with her mom. New places, especially New York City, can heal a broken heart, and make it much worse all at the same time. Plus, I am sure Sammy and Hamilton would have a lot to talk about considering both of them are torn between the city and upstate!
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Working through your teenage angst in the city can be a weird thing and Craig’s story is strange but charming all at the same time. There’s a lot of thing I love about this book, but I think my favorite is the voice of Craig. Boy is he a New Yorker! While “talk less, smile more” works for Aaron Burr, it isn’t really the best fit for Craig.
Are there any YA novels that rep your city? Let
us know what makes you #Ham4YA!
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