Behind the Song by Young Adult Authors
A series of essays by fourteen acclaimed young adult authors explore the impact of music on their lives. Each personal essay explores how music can evoke emotions from deep within. Behind the Song is an enchanting collection of stories inspired by songs. This ebook will captivate readers with songs that speak to them on an emotional level. Its compelling stories and captivating art will capture readers' imaginations. In addition to personal essays, Behind the Song includes an audiobook of the entire book, and is a must-read for young adult readers.
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
This Song Will Save Your Life is a novel about friendship, heartbreak, and music. It centers on a young woman named Elise Dembowski, who has never felt comfortable making friends. After her final attempt at making friends fails, she nearly gives up. But when she stumbles upon a warehouse party, she meets three friends, Vicky, Char, and Pippa, and finds a passion for music. But before she can embrace her newfound popularity, she must first accept who she really is.
The novel starts with the protagonist, Elise Dembowski, who has spent the summer before school trying to become more like the person she is, but has had few success. She has been cut on the bus and had her iPod stolen by classmates. Halfway through her first day at school, she makes a drastic change in her plan and decides to commit suicide. But is that really what she wants?
This Song Will Save Your Life is a wonderful young adult novel about identity and friendship. It is an empowering read that can change lives. It's a great gift for young adults who are struggling to fit in, and a must-read for anyone looking for a book that will change their lives. The novel also contains a beautiful song that begins each chapter. It's easy to fall into the storyline, but the novel's emotional impact is beyond compare.
I Was Born For by Adib Khorram
I Was Born For is the debut novel by Kansas City, Missouri-based writer Adib Khorram. While not in his writing room, Adib spends his free time learning to do a Lutz jump and steeping oolong tea. He has the most beautiful dreadlocks, but he'd still read I Was Born For just for the stories! The author lives in Kansas City, where the Midwest is brimming with creatives.
Khorram grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and he studied graphic design at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville before going to film school in Vancouver, Canada. After film school, he returned to Kansas City and worked in the event production industry. He has traveled to Iran, where he discovered the country's unique aspects. This is a compelling novel about friendship, family, and coming of age.
I Was Born For is an excellent debut novel from Khorram. This debut novel is an ideal book to introduce you to the author's life. This coming-of-age Young Adult novel offers an insight into the author's worldview and mindset. Despite being based on personal experience, I was able to relate to the protagonists' thoughts and emotions. The story has universal appeal, and I recommend it to any reader who loves reading about people's personal struggles.
It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland
It Goes Like This by Miela Moreland is a delightful, character-driven contemporary YA novel. The author grew up in Minnesota, so her stories are often laced with pop music references and spreadsheets. Though more of a YA novel, It Goes Like This is a perfect choice for those who enjoy young adult fiction and YA novels about queer characters.
It Goes Like This by Miela Moreland is a heartfelt, quintessential YA debut. This novel follows the lives of four queer high school students who were once in a popular band, Moonlight Overthrow. The band won Grammys and toured the world, but they ended up breaking up for various reasons. Now, each of them is moving on with their lives. Eva has gone off to college, Celeste is a major pop star, Gina is a Netflix star, and Steph is back with her family.
It Goes Like This by Adib Khorram
It Goes Like This by Adi B Khorram is a riveting debut novel set in Iran. Darius the Great is not okay, the novel's title suggests, is about a half-Persian teen who suffers from clinical depression, poor social skills, and low self-esteem. Khorram's evocative debut beautifully captures what it's like to be biracial and to feel torn between two worlds.
A Kansas City native, Adib Khorram combines his love of writing and his passion for travel and culture with the theme of cultural diversity. Darius the Great is Not Okay follows an Iranian boy through his adolescence and into adulthood, struggling with depression and finding a place in the world. His Iranian heritage and linguistic limitations make it difficult to fit in. Darius has trouble fitting in, but he finds comfort in star trek and hot tea.
Adib Khorram's debut novel won the William C. Morris Debut Award, while his second novel was named an Indie Bestseller and an Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature. His three novels have also been recognized by the Stonewall Honor. Khorram lives in Kansas City, Missouri. And he is also an avid gamer and writer. He is currently working on his fourth novel, and hopes to write more books like these soon.
Kiss & Tell is a young adult novel by Adib Khorram. It follows the story of Hunter, the only gay member of a boy band. He suffers his first break-up in public. He is Queer and is expected to play a perfect role model for teens. So is it possible to find love in a heterosexual relationship? With a little imagination, YA can be a rewarding experience.
Summer Bird Blue by Sara Lovestam
The protagonist of Summer Bird Blue, an aching novel set in New York City, is a teen who has experienced loss and grief and who has been haunted by the loss of her mother. In this novel, we learn that love is unconditional and forgiveness is possible, even after a tragedy. Summer Bird Blue is published by Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster in 2018.
The story of the teenage girl, Rumi Seto, is a deeply emotional one. She finds herself questioning her sexuality throughout the novel, including when her sister dies in a car accident. Summer Bird Blue is chock full of strong language, including the words "hell," "f--k," and "bastard." Throughout the book, Rumi realizes the importance of family, friendship, and forgiveness.