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Books to Read While You Wait for Your Concerts to be Rescheduled

July 13, 2020
Caroline Osborn

Your most anticipated concerts may have been cancelled this summer, but that just means you’ll appreciate them twice as much when they come back next year—right? But while you’re missing the crowd of fans screaming along to your favorite lyrics, these stories can fire you up from the comfort of your own couch!

Books to Read While You Wait for Your Concerts to be Rescheduled

1. If you’re missing BTS…

You should read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han! Being a BTS fan is kind of like being Lara Jean—surrounded by cute, talented boys and not sure how to pick a favorite.

 

2. If you’re missing Harry Styles…

You should read Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju! Harry makes us swoon with his onstage swagger and the way he plays with gender expectations, and Nima, our newly-minted drag king protagonist, will give you the same energy.

 

3. If you’re missing Taylor Swift…

You should read All This Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott, authors of Five Feet Apart! Taylor Swift is a master storyteller, and her personal lyrics make her songs so memorable and romantic. All This Time has the same emotional roller coaster ride of lost love and new beginnings, and you’ll wish T. Swift would write a companion album.

 

4. If you’re missing My Chemical Romance…

You should read These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong! Dark and dramatic, both MCR and this book are in tune with all things monstrous, but they are also both interested in epic, high-stakes romance. MCR fans will love this retelling that mashes up Romeo and Juliet with monster movie vibes and mob intrigue.

 

5. If you’re missing Camilla Cabello…

You should read Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon! Camilla’s first big solo hit was “Havana,” which deals in part with feeling connected to two different places at once. Liliana feels different from the other kids at her new school, as she is one of the only Latinx students. She hates it when her classmates treat her as though she’s not “from” the same place as them.

 

6. If you’re missing NCT 127…

You should read Shine by Jessica Jung! You’re clearly up to date on the hottest new K-pop stars, and you owe it to yourself to dig into the roots of the genre. Author Jessica was also once a member of the K-pop group, Girls’ Generation. Although Shine is a fictional story, it was inspired by her own experience being recruited for the group, going through the intensive training, and experiencing all of the delicious drama that inevitably unfolds along the way.

 

7. If you’re missing Kesha…

You should read Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti! Kesha gives us everything from party bops to anthems about surviving the men who hurt her. Sydney in Girl, Unframed is grappling with a similar dichotomy—she’s enjoying the giddy rush of a requited crush, while also resisting toxic men who think women’s bodies belong to them. One night, things go too far, and all of the simmering darkness comes to a thunderclap of a conclusion that you won’t want to miss.

 

8. If you’re missing Alicia Keys…

You should read The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed! Just like Ashley in The Black Kids, Alicia Keys came of age in the nineties. On top of being a celebrated musician, she is an outspoken advocate for racial equality. Ashley doesn’t think much about race, despite being the only Black kid in her group of friends. But then Rodney King is brutally killed by the LAPD. Suddenly, racist power dynamics start to become clear to her, and she has to decide what she’s going to do about it.

 

9. If you’re missing Billie Eilish…

You should read The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson! Billie Eilish is a delightful mix of silly, spooky, and real, and all three of these also describe this novel. Just as Billie opens her album by removing her Invisalign with a squelch, then transitioning into a banger about inner darkness, so too does this book make you laugh, gross you out, and also give you the shivers. When Dino’s best friend dies, he is distraught that he’ll never have a chance to get closure with her. But he gets a second chance when she comes back as a sort-of zombie, and she enlists his help with getting back to resting in peace. The premise is totally wild, but the story goes deep.

 

10. If you’re missing Tegan and Sara…

You should read When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey! No one writes a heartache song like Tegan and Sara, and protagonist Alexis would certainly be a fan. She’s in love with her best friend, a fellow witch in her coven, but she’s not sure whether her feelings are returned. Cue the pining. There are so many adorable moments for which T&S would be the perfect score.

 

11. If you’re missing The Weeknd…

You should read When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon! The Weeknd is known for his big romance energy, so fans need look no further than Dimple and Rishi, two teens whose parents have set them up for a “suggested arranged marriage.” They’re both attending the same summer program for app developers, and their meet-cute is less cute, more drenched in iced coffee. But it isn’t long until they’ll be grooving to the Weeknd while they daydream about each other!

 

12. If you’re missing the Jonas Brothers…

You should read Save the Date by Morgan Matson! The music is fun, but the complex dynamics between brothers who fight but always come back together is half the excitement. Charlie from Save the Date is part of a big family with feuding parents and a sister with a wedding in just a few days—when the wedding planner quits. Charlie has to step up to help save the wedding and keep her messy, loving family together when her sister needs them most.

 

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