Taylor Swift’s birthday, which is basically a national holiday over here at Simon Teen, is on 12/13. And in honor of her birthday, we put together a list of 13 can’t miss books for Swifties: 10 to check out next year and 3 to read right now. 1, 2, 3… Let’s go!

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The Quiet Part Out Loud by Deborah Crossland

For fans of You’ve Reached Sam and A Heart in a Body in the World, this searing and heartrending teen novel follows an ex-couple as they struggle to reunite in the wake of a devastating earthquake. The Quiet Part Out Loud is available now. Read it for free on December 18 during Simon Teen’s 25 Reads of December!

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Perfect for Swifties who… love second chance romance, a good cry, and Last Kiss (Taylor’s Version).

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Diary of a Confused Feminist by Kate Weston

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager meets Derry Girls in this hilarious and relatable young adult novel in diary entries about a British teen determined to be a good feminist and her charming, embarrassing, and inspiring journey to figuring out how. You can preorder your copy here or add it to your Goodreads Shelf!

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Perfect for Swifties who… are looking for books that make them laugh and love Fifteen (Taylor’s Version).

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Betting on You by Lynn Painter

From the New York Times bestselling author of Better Than the Movies, this swoon-worthy rom-com in the vein of She’s All That and 10 Things I Hate About You follows a teen girl who unwittingly finds herself at the center of a bet while working at a waterpark. Betting On You is available now. Read it for free on December 23 during Simon Teen’s 25 Reads of December!

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Perfect for Swifties who… love an enemies-to-friends-to-lovers arc and “You Are in Love (Taylor’s Version).”

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A British Girl’s Guide to Hurricanes and Heartbreak by Laura Taylor Namey

Laura Taylor Namey’s newest novel navigates heartbreak that feels like a hurricane in a city that is famous for them. In this highly anticipated companion to the New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club YA Pick A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, Flora Maxwell escapes to Miami to find a path for her future…and finds her heart along the way. A British Girl’s Guide to Hurricanes and Heartbreak is available now. Read it for free on December 17 during Simon Teen’s 25 Reads of December!

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Perfect for Swifties who… loved A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow and love New Romantics (Taylor’s Version).

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Otherworldly by F.T. Lukens

A skeptic and a supernatural being make a crossroads deal to achieve their own ends only to get more than they bargained for in this lively young adult romantic adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of Spell Bound and So This Is Ever After. You can preorder your copy here or add it to your Goodreads Shelf!

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Perfect for Swifties who… are obsessed with cozy fantasy and the wintery atmosphere of the evermore album.

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Where the Dark Stands Still by A. B. Poranek

A girl with dangerous magic makes a risky bargain with a demon to be free of her monstrous power in this young adult fantasy perfect for fans of An Enchantment of Ravens and House of Salt and Sorrows. You can preorder your copy here or add it to your Goodreads Shelf!  

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Perfect for Swifties who… love lush fantasy and dark and atmospheric songs like “Out of the Woods (Taylor’s Version)” and “Haunted (Taylor’s Version).”

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Finally Fitz by Marisa Kanter

A bisexual teen girl tries to make her ex jealous by faking an Instagram romance that leads to surprisingly real feelings in this hijinks-filled rom-com perfect for fans of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and She Gets the Girl. You can preorder your copy here or add it to your Goodreads Shelf!  

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Perfect for Swifties who… love the fake dating trope and “Is It Over Now? (Taylor’s Version).”

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The No-Girlfriend Rule by Christen Randall

Julie Murphy meets Casey McQuiston in this unforgettable queer romance about a teen girl whose foray into fantasy tabletop roleplaying brings her new confidence, true friends, and a shot at real love. You can preorder your copy here or add it to your Goodreads Shelf!  

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Perfect for Swifties who… love swoon-worthy queer romance and upbeat songs about being yourself like “You Need to Calm Down.”

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Ready or Not by Andi Porretta and Andi Porretta

An anxious teen hopes that a summer of adventure and offbeat dares will keep her friend group together after graduation in this luminous coming-of-age graphic novel with the feel-good vibes of Booksmart and Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone. You can preorder your copy here or add it to your Goodreads Shelf

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Perfect for Swifties who… love fun coming-of-age stories and crave all the wonderful summer vibes of “Cruel Summer.”

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Love, Off the Record by Samantha Markum

The Hating Game meets Alex, Approximately in this smart, chemistry-filled teen rom-com about two rival journalism students competing for the same position on their university newspaper. You can preorder your copy here or add it to your Goodreads Shelf!  

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Perfect for Swifties who… can never read enough rivals to lovers romances and songs like “I Wish You Would (Taylor’s Version).”

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Past Present Future by Rachel Lynn Solomon

We first fell in love with Rowan and Neil in Today Tonight Tomorrow as Rowan and Neil fell in love with each other over the course of 24 hours. Over a year of late-night phone calls, weekend visits, and East Coast adventures, Rowan and Neil fall for each other again and again as they grapple with the uncertainty of their new lives. They’ve spent so many years at odds with each other—now that they’re finally on the same team, what does the future hold for them? You can preorder your copy here or add it to your Goodreads shelf!  

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Perfect for Swifties who… wanted more of Rowan and Neil after Today Tonight Tomorrow and love songs about adolescence and coming-of-age like “You’re On Your Own, Kid” and the whole folklore album.

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The Ballad of Darcy & Russell by Morgan Matson

Darcy believes in love at first sight. She’s spent her whole life waiting for that perfect, magical moment. But right now, her life is anything but perfect. In the aftermath of a music festival, she’s stranded at a bus station until morning—the day before she leaves for college. Her phone is dead, she has no cash, and she’s convinced nothing good can come of this night…but then she meets Russell. You can preorder your copy here or add it to your Goodreads Shelf!

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Perfect for Swifties who… are hopeless romantics like Darcy and love sweeping love songs like Fearless (Taylor’s Version).

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Reckless by Lauren Roberts

In the highly anticipated sequel to Powerless, Paedyn and Kai battle with duty and desire. This second installment in the sizzling and epic romantic fantasy trilogy is packed with spicy tension and edge-of-your-seat betrayal. You can preorder your copy here or add it to your Goodreads Shelf!  

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Perfect for Swifties who… love a good forbidden romance and can’t wait for reputation (Taylor’s Version) to be announced.

1989 (Taylor’s Version) is finally here, and with it, another list of books to read while you listen to the album on repeat. Welcome to 1989 (Simon Teen’s Version). It’s been waiting for you! 


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Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

"Say Don't Go"

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How is “I’m yours, but you’re not mine,” the perfect lyric for BOTH Will and Tessa in Clockwork Prince? After Will pushes Tessa away at the end of Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince is full of angst and longing from both of them, especially as Tessa is drawn closer to Jem, who is kind and completely devoted. Still, Tessa longs for Will and like Taylor, wants nothing more than for him to come back and declare his love for her. She would stay forever if Will would work up to courage to ask her not to go. 

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Permanent Record by Mary H. K. Choi

"SLUT!"

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“SLUT!” is probably the dreamiest song on 1989 (Taylor’s Version), painting an aquamarine picture of moonlit rendezvouses and a secret romance, which might just be worth all of the inevitable bad press and mean names from the rest of the world. Another popstar – Leanna Smart – is doing her best to keep her whirlwind romance a secret from the rest of the world in Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi. When Leanna meets Pablo in the middle of the night in Brooklyn, both of them know they can’t be together forever. They keep things on the down-low for as long as possible, but of course, it’s about three seconds before the world finds out.

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Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

"Suburban Legends"

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"Suburban Legends" absolutely screams Neil and Rowan in Today Tonight Tomorrow! Rowan definitely did not come here to make friends. She has been bitter rivals with Neil have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. But Neil is so magnetic, Rowan begins to fall for him anyway – over the course of 24 hours. 

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These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

"Is it Over Now?"

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“You dream of my mouth before it called you a lying traitor…” is so perfectly These Violent Delights era Roma and Juliette. Roma Montagov was Juliette’s first love… and first betrayal. But as a madness spreads across Shanghai and threatens both of their gangs, and Juliette and Roma must set down their guns (and their grudges) and work together to save their city.  

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The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch

"Shake it Off"

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When Sky Baker’s promposal plans are leaked by an anonymous hacker in a homophobic e-blast, Sky is fully prepared to drop out and skip town. Until his classmates encourage him to shake it off. And fight back, turning his 30-day promposal countdown into a school-wide hunt to expose the e-blast perpetrator.  

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For All Time by Shanna Miles

"Style"

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In For All Time by Shanna Miles, Tamar and Fayard never go out of style in any lifetime. They have lived a thousand lives, seen the world build itself up from nothing only to tear itself down again in civil war. They’ve even watched humanity take to the stars. But in each life one thing remains the same: their love and their fight to be together. One love story after another. Their only concern is they never get to see how their story ends. Until now. 

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Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson

"Welcome to New York"

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Nothing pairs better with a song about all of the bright lights and magic of the city that never sleeps than a book about the city that never sleeps. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist in this romp about Kat and Stevie—best friends, theater kids, polar oppositeswho have snuck away from the suburbs to spend a night in New York City from the New York Times bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone. 

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She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott

"How You Get the Girl"

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Alex Blackwood knows how to get the girl. Keeping her on the hand... not so much. Molly has an opposite problem. She is completely awkward around everyone who isn’t her mom, which isn’t doing much to help her interact with her crush for once. Alex and Molly don’t belong on the same planet, let alone the same college campus, but soon, Alex and Molly find a way to help each other. But as Alex and Molly help each other get their girls, soon, they begin to wonder if they’re the ones falling for each other instead. 

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Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn

"Out of the Woods"

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"Out of the Woods" is full of questions. Are we out of the woods yet? Is this relationship finally out of danger? Are we in the clear yet? Is it finally safe now? In the sequel to Legendborn, Bree is never out of danger. Enemies are everywhere, and Bree must go on the run to save Nick, the Legendborn boy Bree fell in love with, who has been kidnapped. All while dealing with own unpredictable powers and her growing attraction to Sel, who is sworn to protect Nick until death. 

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Last Violent Call by Chloe Gong

"This Love"

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We’re a little emotional about this pairing because in the A Foul Thing novella – one of two novellas featured in Last Violent Call Roma and Juliette’s love really is alive and back from the dead. After the events of Our Violent Ends, Roma and Juliette have established themselves as the heads of an underground weapons ring in Zhouzhuang, making a living while remaining anonymous in a peaceful and quiet life. Until several Russian girls show up dead in nearby towns.  

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The Quiet Part Out Loud by Deborah Crossland

"Now That We Don't Talk"

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"Now That We Don't Talk" is all about the pain of not speaking to someone after a break-up, especially a sudden one. This is pain Mia and Alfie know well. High school sweethearts Mia and Alfie had a plan to escape their town for college in the east, but then, Mia’s world imploded. She pushed everyone away… including Alfie. When Mia and Alfie’s paths cross for the briefest of moments, Mia realizes she never should have let him go and Alfie’s suppressed memories and feelings boil to the surface – right as a massive earthquake rocks San Francisco. 

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Bonesmith by Nicki Pau Preto

"Bad Blood"

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Betrayal is a HUGE part of both "Bad Blood" and Bonesmith. For bonesmith Wren, becoming a valkyr – a ghost-fighting warrior – is a chance to solidify her spot in the House of Bone and impress her father. But when sabotage causes Wren to fail her qualifying trial, she is banished to the Border Wall, where the vicious dead roam unchecked.  

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Their Vicious Games by Joelle Wellington

"Blank Space"

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Love is definitely a game in this searing thriller. A deadly one. Their Vicious Games is Ace of Spaces meets Squid Game with a sprinkling of The Bachelor, where Adina Walker must enter the Finish, a high-stakes contest sponsored by Edgewater’s founding family. Twelve ambitious young women are selected to compete for entry into the fold of the Remington family, whose wealth and power can open any door.

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It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

"All You Had to Do Was Stay"

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Oh Conrad… Why’d you have to go and lock Belly out when she let you in? Why?!  

Belly used to count the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But after Susannah got sick again and Conrad abruptly pushed her away, Belly is wishing summer would never come.  

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Betting on You by Lynn Painter

"You Are in Love"

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“You Are In Love” is probably the most romantic song on the album (Like... “Pauses, then says, you’re my best friend, and you knew what it was, he is in love.” Absolute swoon!) And Lynn Painter’s Betting On You has an absolutely unforgettable romance. After making a bet about whether their coworkers will get together, Bailey and Charlie begin to develop feelings for each other.  

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And Don’t Look Back by Rebecca Barrow

"I Know Places"

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"I Know Places" is an undoubtably a dark and romantic song, but I Know Places’s bridge (“They are the hunters, we are the foxes, and we run.”) could just as easily be about Harlow Ford and her mother in And Don’t Look Back. Harlow has spent her entire life running, caught in her mother’s wake as they flit from town to town, hiding from a presence that Harlow’s not even sure is real. In each new place, Harlow has a new name and personality, and each time they run, she leaves another piece of herself behind.  

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A British Girl’s Guide to Hurricanes and Heartbreak by Laura Taylor Namey

"New Romantics"

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"New Romantics" is a glittery song about friendship and heartbreak and reshaping your ideas of love. And in Laura Taylor Namey’s newest novel, A British Girl’s Guide to Hurricanes and Heartbreak, Flora navigates heartbreak that feels like a hurricane in a city that is famous for them. She decides to escape her life in England after the death of her mother and flee to Miami where Flora lands in the flashbulb world of Baz, a Miami Cuban who shares her love for photography. And then, Flora starts to see her longtime friend Gordan in a new light. 

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The Way I Am Now by Amber Smith

"Clean"

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"Clean" is a moving song about healing and finding yourself again after a relationship, and similarly, The Way I Am Now is a beautiful book about healing and finding yourself in the aftermath of trauma. The Way I Am Now explores how to move forward and heal – in life and in love – as Eden and Josh decide to give their relationship another chance.  
Months after Eden and two other girls publicly accuse their rapist, Eden is starting college while her case goes to trial. Now when she and Josh reconnect, it seems like it might finally be in the right place at the right time for them to make it work. But is their love strong enough to withstand the challenges and chaos of college and the crushing realities of a trial that will determine whether Eden gets the justice she deserves?

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Curious Tides by Pascale Lacelle

"Wildest Dreams"

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Not only is Curious Tides a dark and lyrical fantasy with a dreamy romance – aka, a perfect book to pair with "Wildest Dreams" – but it has actual dream magic. Perfect, right? Dreamers have the ability to manipulate dreams and enter dreams, and Emory’s best friend Romie is one of them. A dreamer. Except, after a deadly night in the Dovermere sea caves, now Romie is dead, and Emory is the only survivor – and is now plagued by stranger, impossible powers, which mean certain danger if the wrong person were to discover them. 

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Powerless by Lauren Roberts

"Wonderland"

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This is a song about a wonderful and dangerous love, which sucks you in and spins you around, despite your better judgement, which is exactly the kind of dazzling – and forbidden – romance featured in Powerless. (“Life was never worse but never better!”) A forbidden romance blossoms between a powerful prince and an ordinary girl – despite all odds – in this upcoming young adult fantasy, which is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas! 

A new chapter is upon us in the form of a new re-recorded and re-released album from queen Taylor Swift. Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) is a sometimes whimsical and sometimes raw confessional, and if you have the album on repeat like we do, we have a book recommendation to go with every song on your listen. Grab your purple and get reading!

 

 

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Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

"Electric Touch (Taylor's Version)"

“Electric Touch” is all about the risk and vulnerability and uncertainty of falling in love. Feelings, which are magnified and experienced to the umpteenth power by Will and Stella from Five Feet Apart. If Will so much as breathes on Stella, she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart – six feet apart. But would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

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Burn for Burn by Jenny Han

"Better Than Revenge (Taylor's Version)"

“There is nothing I do better than revenge” might as well be the tagline of the Burn for Burn trilogy. Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes – and Kat, Lillia, and Mary will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

"Long Live (Taylor's Version)"

Many of the Shadowhunters books have the emotional weight and massive scale to feel like a worthy choice for Long Live, but Clockwork Princess really was the end of a decade, but the start of an age, closing a chapter on the characters whose descendants we’d come to know and love. Danger, betrayal, and enchantment abound as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the brink of destruction in the conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

"When Emma Falls in Love (Taylor's Version)"

What happens when Emma falls in love? Find out in the first book of the Dark Artifices trilogy. Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn are best friends and parabatai, who are forbidden from being in a romantic relationship by Shadowhunter law. (And much like Emma, Lady Midnight is the kind of book you can’t put down!)

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Permanent Record by Mary H. K. Choi

"Ours (Taylor's Version)"

As a child star turned international icon, no one knows that “people throw rocks at things that shine” better than Leanna Smart. When Leanna meets college dropout Pablo at 5:00 a.m. at the bodega in the dead of winter, it’s absurd to think they’d be A Thing. But as they discover who they are, who they want to be, and how to defy the deafening expectations of everyone else, Lee and Pab turn to each other. That is, of course, when everything becomes complicated. 

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Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

"Speak Now (Taylor's Version)"

“Speak Now” is the big confession of love on the album. It’s urgent. It’s now or never. And for that reason, Today Tonight Tomorrow is an excellent read to go along with this song. Two rival overachievers – Rowan and Neil – form a reluctant alliance during a senior class game on the last day of high school, and over the course of 24 hours, Rowan and Neil’s relationship completely changes – right as everything else is about to change.

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In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens

"Enchanted (Taylor's Version)"

Prince Tal is enchanted to meet roguish Athlen in this swoony adventure on the high seas. A young prince must rely on a mysterious and roguish Athlen to save him when Tal is kidnapped during his coming-of-age tour. They have the kind of instant chemistry that “Enchanted” was written about – and on a pirate ship, no less.

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Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter

"Superman (Taylor's Version)"

“Superman” is the ultimate pining song, all about wanting a larger-than-life crush to notice you and come back to you. In Better than the Movies, perpetual daydreamer Liz is desperately wishing that Michael, her untouchable crush, will notice her. She will do whatever it takes to get on his radar – and hopefully, snag him as a prom date – even befriend her cute yet obnoxious neighbor, Wes.

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The Do-Over by Lynn Painter

"Innocent (Taylor's Version)"

Today is never too late to be brand new for Emilie Hornby, who is having the worst Valentine’s Day ever… over and over again. In The Do-Over, Emilie is stuck in a time loop nightmare that she can’t wake up from, re-watching her boyfriend cheat on her and her life go up in flames day after day. She also can’t get away from the enigmatic Nick, who she keeps running into – sometimes literally – in unfortunate ways. And when something good starts to come out of these terrible days, what happens when the universe stops doling out do-overs?

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Delicious Monsters by Liselle Sambury

"Haunted (Taylor's Version)"

“Haunted” is one of the most intense songs on the album and deserves an equally intense and evocative book pairing. In this mind-bending psychological thriller, Brittney decides the new season of her popular web series – (called Haunted, see what we did here?) – will uncover what happened to a young Black girl named Daisy in a mysterious mansion ten years prior. But as Brittney gets more wrapped up in the investigation, she’ll have to decide: if she can only bring one story to light, which one matters most—Daisy’s or her own?

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Forget Me Not by Alyson Derrick

"Sparks Fly (Taylor's Version)"

Stevie and Nora had a love. A secret, epic, once-in-a-lifetime kind of love, but then Stevie has a terrible fall and can’t remember anything from the last two years, not even Nora. Feelings don’t vanish overnight, not like memories, and even if Stevie doesn’t remember Nora, Stevie still loves her and finds herself inexplicably and deeply drawn to this stranger. Sparks are flying between them from the moment Stevie and Nora meet… again.

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Time Out by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner

"Mean (Taylor's Version)"

“Mean” is a song about… well, mean people and bullies, but ultimately, “Mean” is a hopeful song about rising above people who will do their best to tear you down and being unapologetically you, just like Time Out. Barclay Elliot is a basketball legend in his small Georgia town, but when Barclay comes out as gay in front of the whole school, everything changes. And then, Barclay joins a voting rights group and finds a bigger purpose – and fearless, undeniably handsome Christopher.

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The Quiet Part Out Loud by Deborah Crossland

"Last Kiss (Taylor's Version)"

“Last Kiss” is the break-up song on Speak Now and likewise, The Quiet Part Out Loud is the break-up book of the summer. High school sweethearts Mia and Alfie had a plan to escape their town for college in the east, but then, Mia’s world imploded. She pushed everyone away… including Alfie. Five months after the worst summer of their lives, Mia and Alfie are briefly united, only for a devastating earthquake to hit San Francisco, leaving them to stumble desperately across the rubble in search of each other before the city crumbles — taking one, or both, of them with it. Prepare your tissues!

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Bonesmith by Nicki Pau Preto

"Castles Crumbling (Taylor's Version)"

At the beginning of Bonesmith, Wren has lost everything, which definitely leaves her feeling like her castle has crumbled – and makes her all the more determined to prove her worth. For Wren, becoming a valkyr —a ghost-fighting warrior— is a chance to solidify her place in the noble House of Bone and impress her frequently absent father. But then, sabotage causes Wren to fail her qualifying trial. After being banished, Wren’s only chance to reclaim her family’s respect is to rescue a kidnapped House of Gold prince in the Breach – a dangerous wasteland where the dead roam unchecked.

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It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

"Back to December (Taylor's Version)"

Technically, Taylor Swift herself created this pairing, but really, who are we to argue with her? Belly used to count the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad became distant. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.

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Pride and Prejudice and Pittsburgh by Rachael Lippincott

"Timeless (Taylor's Version)"

In Pride and Prejudice and Pittsburgh, Audrey Cameron finds the kind of love that you only find once in a lifetime in Lucy Sinclair – just not in her lifetime. After losing her spark, Audrey finds herself transported back to 1812 to become a Regency romance heroine and meets Lucy, who is similarly struggling with her own spark – and her future, involving a marriage she couldn’t be less interested in – after the death of her mother. They fall hard for each other, but can a most unexpected love story survive even more impossible circumstances?

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Betting on You by Lynn Painter

"Mine (Taylor's Version)"

“Mine” was absolutely made for Lynn Painter’s newest rom-com! Bailey first meets Charlie on a long flight to Omaha, where she is moving in with her mom after her parents’ divorce, and Charlie does not make a good impression. A year later, Bailey and Charlie crash into each other’s lives with opposite beliefs about love and romance and end up making a bet about whether their flirtatious coworkers will get together, a bet which only brings them closer together. They’re an unlikely pair, but careful Bailey and guarded Charlie might just prove to each other that love is worth facing a fear of falling.

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The Way I Am Now by Amber Smith

"Dear John (Taylor's Version)"

“Dear John” is the “All Too Well” of Speak Now. It’s a long and emotionally harrowing song about a cataclysmic break up, but “Dear John” is also about choosing yourself and healing in the aftermath of trauma. (Goosebump-inducing lyrics like: “I’m shining like fireworks over your sad empty town” come to mind.) The Way I Am Now – the much anticipated sequel to The Way I Used To Be – explores how to move forward and heal after trauma – both in life and in love as Eden and Josh decide to give their relationship another chance.

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These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

"The Story of Us (Taylor's Version)"

Sparks flew instantly when Juliette first met Roma… and then Roma betrayed her. Now, Juliette and Roma are on opposite sides of a blood feud in this Romeo and Juliet retelling, set in 1920’s Shanghai. A madness spreads across the city and threatens both of their gangs, and Juliette and Roma must lay their armor (and their guns) down and set grudges aside and work together for the good of Shanghai.

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Powerless by Lauren Roberts

"I Can See You (Taylor's Version)"

“I Can See You” absolutely screams forbidden romance. (Like… “I could see you being my addiction. You can see me as a secret mission.” Come on now!). In Powerless, a forbidden romance blossoms between a powerful prince and an ordinary girl as they try to survive their kingdom’s grueling laws pitting them against each other.

The 1975 is a band known for their dark, ethereal pop-rock anthems and they’re fan favorites for a reason, just like these books! Whether you’ve been a fan of The 1975 since the days of “Chocolate” and “Robbers,” or you’re just discovering this awesome band, we have the perfect book rec for you.

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Need more book recs inspired by your fave songs? Check out these books you should read while listening to Taylor Swift’s Midnights!

It’s a special kind of betrayal to fall in love with a show over the course of a season or two only to find out that your new favorite show has been cancelled. We’ve all experienced this heartbreak in the streaming age, and it’s so sad to realize you’ll never get the closure you so desperately wanted for those characters. Our recommendation? Pick up a new read from list below to find a book to read when you’re missing your favorite cancelled show!

Books to Replace Your Fave Cancelled Shows

Firefly – Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

Anyone who loved Firefly for the ensemble cast and adventure across the stars needs to pick up Sky Without Stars! An epic reimagining of Les Misérables, Sky Without Stars has three incredible protagonists and will give you just the right blend of mystery, romance, and revolution to fill the space opera-shaped hole in your life.

 

The SocietyGone Dark by Amanda Panitch

We may never find out what happened to the population of West Ham, Connecticut. (Is it a parallel universe? Aliens? A strange afterlife, a la Lost?). Luckily, Amanda Panitch has our backs with a thrilling tale of survival in Gone Dark. After the US suffers a malware attack that shuts down power grids across the country, a seventeen-year-old girl must lead her friends across a dangerous and crumbling country to safety in an underground bunker. 

 

First KillA Dark and Hollow Star by Ashely Shuttleworth

Fans of First Kill deserved better than Netflix’s recent cancellation of the show. (You had the numbers, Netflix!) You also deserve a book recommendation that is as dark, queer, and supernatural as that wonderful show, and for that, I offer you A Dark and Hollow Star. As a wave of gruesome crimes in Toronto threatens to expose the faerie world to the human world, a group of four queer teens forms a fragile alliance to track down the killer.

 

Spinning OutTurning by Joy L. Smith

Spinning Out was all about navigating tumultuous mother-daughter relationships, mental health struggles, budding romance relationships, and starting over after a devastating injury – all in the tough world of figure skating. Although Genie of Turning is a ballerina and not a figure skater, Genie deals with a similar battle and must confront the secrets of her past to move forward after a terrible injury leaves her without the use of her legs.

 

High FidelityLove Radio by Ebony LaDelle

It has been two long years without more High Fidelity in my life. (I wanted that Cherise episode. Curse you, Hulu!). High Fidelity was filled to the brim with good music and pop culture references, and had a trio of friends at the center of the show, which makes Ebony LaDelle’s Love Radio the perfect replacement. Pick up this read to meet Prince, a self-professed love doctor with a popular hip-hop radio show, and Dani, a girl who hates all things romance.

 

Santa Clarita Diet – Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Although Santa Clarita Diet ran for a few more seasons than other shows on this list, Netflix did cancel the show after three seasons in 2019, and for fans of Santa Clarita Diet who are looking for more horror that has heart, Rot & Ruin is the perfect book for you! In a zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America, Benny Imura reluctantly apprentices as a zombie hunter with his brother and ends up with a job that teaches him what it means to be human.

 

I Am Not Okay With This – Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury

Central to Netflix’s now cancelled I Am Not Okay With This was 17-year-old Sydney’s struggles to navigate high school and also confront complex family dynamics and mysterious budding superpowers. For a good dose of family complexities and powers (although this book focuses on magic, not telekinesis), I would recommend Blood Like Magic, a dark fantasy that follows a teen witch given an horrific task to sacrifice her first love to save her family’s magic. Once you’ve read Blood Like Magic, pick up the sequel, Blood Like Fate

 

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If the Top Gun: Maverick craze and my TikTok FYP is any indication, 2022 is ushering in what I’ve been waiting for since the 2011 Footloose remake… the Miles Teller renaissance. And whether you’re new to the movement or the recent TikTok videos have been TAKING YOUR BREATH AWAY, I am here for you with Miles Teller characters and book recommendations go along with them!

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1. Rooster (Top Gun: Maverick) – The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley

Anyone who loves the fast-paced action, soaring high stakes, and hot men of Top Gun: Maverick will absolutely love The Bones of Ruin. This page-turning historical fantasy follows an African tightrope dancer who can’t remember her past and also can’t die. It might not seem like an obvious choice, but this must-read book is full of dangerous competitions, exciting sequences, and so much romance (i.e., more hot men). Perfect for any blockbuster action lover!

 

2. Willard (Footloose) – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The 2011 Footloose remake brought us forbidden romance, dance sequences, and Miles Teller in some super questionable hats. You probably liked Footloose for the major 1980’s nostalgia and not the cowboy hats, and for you, I would have to recommend Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Aristotle and Dante meet and learn to open themselves up to love in the 1980s. Get your next eighties fix here!

 

3. Reed Richards (Fantastic Four) Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

I am not going to sit here and defend the 2015 Fantastic Four remake, but I will say that Miles Teller as Reed Richards and Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm was a kind of a moment, and might qualify as iconic casting choices. And if you’re a fan of iconic ensemble casts, Chain of Gold needs to be at the top of your TBR list. Cordelia and her fellow Shadowhunter friends must unravel their connection to a dark legacy and make a brutal choice that will reveal the price of being a hero.

 

4. Andrew (Whiplash) – When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Andrew is a promising young drummer who enrolls in an extremely competitive music conservatory and is pushed to his limit by his new strict and ruthless instructor. Things spiral onwards from there. When We Were Infinite deals with similar themes of living in an extreme pressure situation of academic success and a dedication to music in a community where all the students are always striving to be the best.  

 

5. Sutter (The Spectacular Now) – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Sutter is an extroverted party animal with a complicated home life and a drinking problem, and after meeting, befriending, and eventually, developing feelings for introverted Aimee, Sutter struggles with the problems in his life and the question of his future. It is a serious coming-of-age story with a hefty dash of romance. Fans of Sutter and The Spectacular Now should check out The Perks of Being a Wallflower, another story that doesn’t shy away from the more serious sides of growing up and coming of age. And then if you haven’t already, make sure to check out the movie adaptation with our other favorite 2010s man, Logan Lerman!

 

6. Peter (Divergent) – Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Tumblr is making a resurgence, which I take to mean that 2022 is the revival of 2014 trends and therefore, the Divergent movie should re-enter our collective consciousness. Peter is a certified Bad GuyTM in the first Divergent, one of the many threatening factors in this futuristic world with factions based on psychological aptitude tests. And after you’ve re-watched Divergent for the thousandth time, I would recommend picking up a copy of Scythe, which is sure to give you the thrilling and chilling science-fiction fix you need!

7. Daniel (That Awkward Moment) – Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter

That Awkward Moment is a romantic comedy about three ‘bros’ who are navigating the dating scene and their own friendships to many entertaining, and of course, awkward moments. This is a classic romantic comedy. What better way to follow up than with Better Than the Movies, essentially a rom-com about rom-coms. Perpetual daydreamer Liz Buxbaum attempts to find her HEA moment with Michael, her crush since forever, and ends up falling for Wes, the annoying boy next door.

 

8. Miles Teller (“I Bet You Think About Me” music video) – We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon

I really couldn’t end this article without mentioning the incredible Miles Teller appearance in Taylor Swift’s “I Bet You Think About Me” music video. He plays a handsome groom who is being ‘haunted’ by the appearance of his ex-girlfriend (aka Taylor Swift) at his wedding. Rachel Lynn Solomon’s We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This is the perfect counterpart to this Miles Teller role. After confessing her love via email and being left unanswered at the end of last summer, Quinn and Tarek fight and flirt their way through wedding after wedding while working for their parents, who are wedding planners and catering company owners.

 

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