Books to Read while Listening to Driver’s License

Hey, y’all!

If you’re similar to me, you knew to scream and raise your fist at RED LIGHTS, STOP SIGNS and are now looking for something to read that will be angst-y, heartbreaking and sob-worthy. Don’t worry, I’ve got y’all covered. Here are the books I recommend reading while listening to Olivia Rodrigo’s Driver’s License.

 

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DELETEFOLLOW YOUR ARROW by Jessica Verdi

Published by Scholastic Press
Releasing on March 2nd, 2021
YOUNG ADULT FICTION–Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQIA+

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For fans of Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, this is a riveting and irresistible take on love, life, and identity — both online and off.

CeCe Ross is kind of a big deal. She and her girlfriend, Silvie, are social media influencers with zillions of fans and followers, known for their cute outfits and being #relationshipgoals.

So when Silvie breaks up with her, CeCe is devastated. She’s lost her first love, and now she can’t help but wonder if she’ll lose her followers as well.

Things get even messier when CeCe meets Josh, a new boy in town who is very much Not Online. CeCe isn’t surprised to be falling for a guy; she’s always known she’s bi. And Josh is sweet and smart and has excellent taste in donuts… but he has no idea that CeCe is internet-famous. And CeCe sort of wants to keep it that way.

But when CeCe’s secrets catch up to her, she finds herself in the middle of an online storm, where she’ll have to confront the blurriness of public vs. private life, and figure out what it really means to speak her truth.

Representation: Bisexuality, Lesbian
Trigger/Content Warning(s): Biphobia, Homophobia, Harassment, Online Harassment

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DELETEKNIGHT OF THE ICE, Vol. 1 by Yayoi Ogawa

Published by Kodansha
Released on March 10th, 2020
MANGA–Fiction, Contemporary, Sports, Romance, Humor

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Chitose is a career woman, with a job at a magazine and serious aspirations…except her childhood friend is an international figure skating star who won’t stop distracting her! On the ice, Kokoro Kijinami is a flawless, gallant knight, winning trophies and hearts alike, but behind his glittery costumes and breathtaking spins lies a secret: He’s actually a hopeless romantic otaku who can only land his quad jumps when Chitose is on hand to recite a spell from his favorite magical girl anime! So when a business trip takes her away from Kokoro’s biggest competition yet, what will happen without Chitose there to work her magic?

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DELETESYMPTOMS OF A HEARTBREAK by Sona Charaipotra

Published by Imprint
Released on July 2nd, 2019
YOUNG ADULT FICTION–Contemporary, Romance

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The youngest doctor in America, an Indian-American teen makes her rounds―and falls head over heels―in the contemporary romantic comedy Symptoms of a Heartbreak.

Fresh from med school, sixteen-year-old medical prodigy Saira arrives for her first day at her new job: treating children with cancer. She’s always had to balance family and friendships with her celebrity as the Girl Genius―but she’s never had to prove herself to skeptical adult co-workers while adjusting to real life-and-death stakes. And working in the same hospital as her mother certainly isn’t making things any easier.

But life gets complicated when Saira finds herself falling in love with a patient: a cute teen boy who’s been diagnosed with cancer. And when she risks her brand new career to try to improve his chances, it could cost her everything.

It turns out “heartbreak” is the one thing she still doesn’t know how to treat.

In her solo debut, Sona Charaipotra brings us a compelling #ownvoices protagonist who’s not afraid to chase what she wants. Symptoms of a Heartbreak goes from romantic comedy highs to tearjerker lows and is the ultimate cure-all for young adult readers needing an infusion of something heartfelt.

Representation: Indian-American, LGBTQIA+ supporting character
Trigger/Content Warning(s): Childhood Cancer

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DELETELIKE NO OTHER by Una LaMarche

Published by Razorbill
Released on July 24th, 2014
YOUNG ADULT FICTION–Contemporary, Romance, Coming-of-Age

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Fate brought them together. Will life tear them apart? 

Devorah is a consummate good girl who has never challenged the ways of her strict Hasidic upbringing.

Jaxon is a fun-loving, book-smart nerd who has never been comfortable around girls (unless you count his four younger sisters). 

They’ve spent their entire lives in Brooklyn, on opposite sides of the same street. Their paths never crossed . . . until one day, they did. 

When a hurricane strikes the Northeast, the pair becomes stranded in an elevator together, where fate leaves them no choice but to make an otherwise risky connection. 

Though their relation is strictly forbidden, Devorah and Jax arrange secret meetings and risk everything to be together. But how far can they go? Just how much are they willing to give up?

Representation: Hasidic Jewish, Black

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DELETELOSING GABRIEL by Lurlene McDaniel

Published by Delacorte Press
Released on June 14th, 2016
YOUNG ADULT FICTION–Contemporary, Romance

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This emotionally-charged novel about three high school seniors who in the midst of planning their futures after high school are instead faced with present circumstances that force them to grasp what it means to make choices, take responsibility, and truly become an adult.
 
Lani Kennedy has dreamed of becoming a nurse since her cousin Arie died of leukemia. Nothing will stop her from getting into the local nursing program.

Dawson Burke hasn’t dealt with his mom’s death, and he’s angry at his dad for moving them to Windemere right before senior year. He grudgingly accepts that he must wait till graduation before he leaves.

Sloan Quentin can belt out a song and knows that her band is her ticket to fame and fortune. When she discovers that her boyfriend—the band’s lead guitarist—is cheating on her, she finds comfort—and revenge—in someone else’s arms.

When the lives of Lani, Dawson, and Sloan become entangled in unexpected ways, reality hits harder than anyone could have imagined.

Trigger/Content Warnings: Sex, Underage Drinking, Drug Use, Child death, Cancer, Swearing, Child Abandonment, Teen Pregnancy

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