Monday, April 19, 2010

Radio Week: You Belong With Me-- Taylor Swift

We love books, sure that's a given, but we also love music. As you can probably tell from our love of books that have soundtracks and books that are about musicians. Recently I checked out the Billboard top 100 and some of the songs there just seemed like they were screaming out for a couple good books to go with them. So, grab your headphones and get ready...

You Belong With Me- Taylor Swift
The perfect song about not having the boy you want. Here are some books where the guy of the main character's dreams is NOT available because he's with the popular girl, or the wrong girl, or in the worst-case-scenario, your best friend....

Isabelle's Boyfriend by Caroline Hickey- Taryn has found the perfect guy. Epp is tall, athletic, handsome, and best of all, she is sure he likes her, too. There's only one problem: He's dating someone else. But when Taryn becomes friends with Epp's beautiful girlfriend, Isabelle, her life begins to change. New friends, movie dates, and a first kiss--life couldn't get any better, could it? Except that Epp is still Isabelle's boyfriend.

Something like Fate by Susane Colsanti -Best friends Lani and Erin couldn’t be more different. Lani’s reserved and thoughtful; Erin’s bubbly and outgoing. Lani likes to do her own thing; Erin prefers an entourage. There’s no possible way they could be interested in the same guy.
So when Erin starts dating Jason, Lani can’t believe she feels such a deep connection with him—and it may be mutual. The more Lani fights it, the more certain she feels that it’s her fate to be with Jason. But what do you do when the love of your life is the one person you can’t have? (annotation from Amazon)

The Espressologist by Kristina Springer

What's your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you're lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life. Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it's not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane's Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee. Things are going better than Derek could ever have hoped, so why is Jane so freaked out? Does it have anything to do with Em dating Cam? She's the one who set them up She should be happy for them, right?

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
The unwritten rule is that you don't like your best friend's boyfriend—in a romantic sense, anyway. Sarah and Brianna have been best friends since kindergarten. Sarah, sensitive and mousy, has always played sidekick to outgoing, beautiful Brianna. Sarah has also liked Ryan since eighth grade, but she can't break the news now because Brianna and Ryan are dating. Then Sarah and Ryan kiss, and he confesses he likes her, too. Sarah knows that revealing the truth to Brianna will devastate their friendship, but she believes that what she has with Ryan is true love. Is there ever a point where it's okay to break the most important unwritten rule? (review from Kirkus)

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