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A Playlist to Pair with Your YA Favorites (Part I)

If you love listening to music while reading, but struggle finding the perfect song to match the tone of your current YA novel, you’ll definitely find this blog post useful. Here is a fall playlist curated to fit your favorite Swoon Reads books!

"September Song" by JP Cooper / When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn

“September Song” by JP Cooper is poppy, upbeat, and fun—a great fit for the sweet and entertaining When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn. In the book, sixteen-year-old Shelby is a trained exorcist. She’s determined to find her mother, who went missing after an exorcism went horribly wrong. But can Shelby keep her extracurricular activity a secret from her cute math tutor, Spencer? Cooper’s feel-good, soulful song about a nostalgic teen romance matches the atmosphere of Honeybourn’s uplifting book. Not to mention, this reggae-influenced song makes you want to get out of your chair and fight demons, too!

"Lovers" by Anna of the North / No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista

“Lovers” by Scandanavian artist Anna of the North is a break-up inspired song with a hazy, atmospheric feel. The lyrics speak of broken promises and failed relationships; with her synthpop vocals, Anna begs the listener to “show a little loving” and “shine a little light on me.” The song was featured in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (Peter Kavinsky, anyone?) and it pairs perfectly with No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista. Anna’s urgent lyrics and fiery melody captures the budding relationship between Nathan and Preston. Preston, a professional swimmer, is about to head off to train for the Olympics. Will Nathan finally be able to say “I love you” before he leaves? Read the book to find out!

"Gemini Feed" by Banks / You Won’t See Me Coming by Kristen Orlando

Banks is a badass, and so is Reagan from You Won’t See Me Coming by Kristen Orlando. “Gemini Feed” is one of those songs that you can’t stop playing on repeat because it’s so hypnotic. Banks pairs her ethereal voice with pounding beats, giving this song just the right amount of tension. Like “Gemini Feed,” You Won’t See Me Coming is full of tension, plus romance and action! In the third book in The Black Angel Chronicles, Reagan and Luke break Black Angel orders to save her best friend Harper. But when the rescue attempt goes wrong, they must escape an army of assassins trailing their backs. You can practically visualize Reagan fighting her enemies to the electronic beat of this song.

"Harvest Moon" by Neil Young / Dreamer by L.E. DeLano

When I hear the phrase “romantic fantasy,” I immediately think of “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young. On the surface, the lyrics speak of yearning to dance with a lover on a calm evening. But if you listen closely, the song chronicles survival, loss, and the ups and downs of adulthood. You can’t really categorize “Harvest Moon” into one genre—it’s a mix of soft rock and folk, a great fit for the genre-bending Dreamer by L.E. DeLano. Like “Harvest Moon,” L.E.’s romantic fantasy is incredibly complex. In the sequel to Traveler, Jessa is mourning a devastating loss, figuring out her complicated relationship with Ben, and dealing with the reappearance of someone she thought she’d never see again. As a dimension traveler, Jessa’s got a lot to handle—she’s destined to save an infinite multitude of worlds. The emotional story and intricate worldbuilding pairs well with this dreamlike song.

"Want You Back" by HAIM / The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

HAIM’s “Want You Back” has the classic girl-band, rock feel. With its high notes and skittering rhythm, the song just makes you feel good. Like “Want You Back,” Jen Wilde’s The Brightsiders is a book about feeling good—about your friends, your interests, and yourself! Rock star drummer Emmy King has to navigate love, family, coming out, and life in the spotlight after being branded as the latest tabloid train wreck. But this book is much more than a feel-good romance. It promotes mental health, sexuality, diversity, and strong friendships.

Come back next week for the second half of the playlist!

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Erin Siu

Book lover, music geek, Californian. Always falling for books about multicultural experiences, family relationships, and first love.

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