8 YA Novel Picks Inspired By the Radio Disney Music Awards!
We CANNOT wait for the Radio Disney Music Awards on April 25th, and we've been killing time by pairing songs from the RDMA categories with perfectly complementary YA novels. Put your favorite RDMA-nominated track on repeat and dive into these books and the awards will be here before you know it!
Best Crush Song: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Just like Sabrina Carpenter's hit "Can't Blame a Girl For Trying", Eleanor & Park is an adorable story that will make your heart soar. Eleanor and Park, two beautiful people who are perfect for each other, know first loves don't usually last, but they care too much about each other to not try anyway. Sabrina's song perfectly captures their struggle of hanging on, despite the odds.
That's My Jam: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
"Young Blood" by Bea Miller is about being young and passionate, while Bridge to Terabithia tells the story of two inseparable friends who create a magical kingdom in the woods where they can reign as king and queen. But living in fantasy has its consequences, as these two friends learn real life lessons in their imaginary world.
Best Breakup Song: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
This one doesn't need much of an explanation fans. Why We Broke Up hits many of the same notes as Selena Gomez's devastating "The Heart Wants What It Wants." Min gives her ex, Ed, a box containing every item she collected during their heartbreaking relationship, along with a letter. Told in pictures and notes, the poignant and sometimes crushing novel evokes all the feelings of a real breakup.
Musical Mashup: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
"Somebody To You" by The Vamps, featuring Demi Lovato, pairs perfectly with the romantic Anna and the French Kiss. Just when Anna's crush starts to reciprocate her feelings, Anna is shipped off to boarding school. But Anna's disappointment is short lived when she meets the perfect guy. The only tiny thing getting in the way is that he has a serious girlfriend. "Somebody To You" is a fun song about wanting more, and a great companion to this sweet novel.
Best Song That Makes You Smile: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
For obvious reasons, it's nearly impossible not to smile while listening to R5's "Smile" and Amy and Roger's Epic Detour is just as smile-inducing. It tells the story of two teens with a lot of baggage as they endure a summer of endless driving. After losing her father in a car wreck, Amy isn't ready to drive the family car to her new home on the other side of the country. Roger also has to make the cross-country trip and agrees to drive. He has problems of his own, but these two travelers just might be able to help each other on the journey home.
Best Song to Dance to: Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
Internet sensation Zoe Sugg's Girl Online tells the story of a girl's secret blog that becomes one of the biggest destinations on the web. Penny never expected her blog to become so popular, and things are going pretty well until she gets involved with a boy with secrets of his own. Penny faces drama due to her internet fame, but, like all strong girls do, she learns to "Shake It Off" like Taylor Swift and move on.
Catchiest New Song: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Becky G's "Shower" is about those special people who make you want to sing in the shower with joy. I'll Give You the Sun is about first love and staying true to who you are. Twins Jude and Noah were always close, but something in their past has made them drift a part. As their story unfolds and romance comes into the picture, this novel will leave you feeling giddy and wanting to sing along.
Song of the Year: The Duff by Kody Keplinger
We love the positive body image message in Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass." The Duff is a story about being true to yourself, no matter what others might think. One of the hottest guys in school has just told Bianca she's the Designated Ugly Fat Friend (DUFF) in her group of school pals. Bianca knows she's not the prettiest girl in her clique, but she's not about to change for anybody, even when she starts falling for the guy who called her a DUFF in the first place.
What books would you paired with this year's RDMA nominees? Let us know in the comments and don't forget to enter our Co-Host the Red Carpet contest for a chance to co-host at the Radio Disney Music Awards!