12th April is UKYA Day! Hurrah! It’s hosted by the lovely Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary and she is encouraging bloggers and vloggers to celebrate with her. If it’s not obvious, UKYA is young adult literature written by authors who are from or currently live in the UK. To celebrate, I thought I’d pair UKYA books with songs from Taylor Swift’s 1989. I cannot take credit for this idea, unfortunately, as it’s been done by a few people including the amazing Elena @ Novel Sounds, but I haven’t seen anyone do it just for UKYA – do let me know if you have!
WELCOME TO NEW YORK / JESSIE HEARTS NYC by Keris Stainton
“It’s a new soundtrack
I could dance to this beat, forevermore.
The lights are so bright
But they never blind me.
Welcome to New York
It’s been waiting for you.”
BLANK SPACE / HEART-SHAPED BRUISE by Tanya Byrne
“They’ll tell you I’m insane
But I got a blank space baby
And I’ll write your name.”
STYLE / FLIRTY DANCING by Jenny McLachlan
“You got that long hair, slicked back, white t-shirt
And I got that good girl faith and a tight little skirt
And when we go crashing down, we come back every time.
Cause we never go out of style
We never go out of style.”
ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS STAY / APPLE AND RAIN by Sarah Crossan
“Calling me up, but I don’t know what to say
I’ve been picking up the pieces of the mess you made.
People like you always want back the love they pushed aside
But people like me are gone forever
When you say goodbye.”
SHAKE IT OFF / GEEK GIRL by Holly Smale
“And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate
Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake
Shake it off, shake it off.”
I WISH YOU WOULD / KETCHUP CLOUDS by Annabel Pitcher
“I wish you we could go back
And remember what we were fighting for
I wish you know that I miss you too much to be mad any more
Wish you were right here, right now, it’s all good, I wish you would.”
BAD BLOOD / SEVEN DAYS by Eve Ainsworth
“Did you think we’d be fine?
Still got scars on my back from your knife
So don’t think it’s in the past
These kind of wounds they last and they last.
Now did you think it all through?
All these things will catch up to you
And time can heal but this won’t
So if you come in my way, just don’t.”
WILDEST DREAMS / TROUBLE by Non Pratt
“I said “No one has to know what we do,”
His hands are in my hair, his clothes are in my room
And his voice is a familiar sound, nothing lasts forever.”
HOW YOU GET THE GIRL / LOBSTERS by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison
“Tell her how you must’ve lost your mind
When you left her all alone
And never told her why.
And that’s how it works
That’s how you lost the girl.”
THIS LOVE / HOW I LIVE NOW by Meg Rosoff
“In silent screams,
In wildest dreams
I never dreamed of this.
This love is good, this love is bad
This love is alive back from the dead
These hands had to let it go free
And this love came back to me.”
I KNOW PLACES / THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO by Patrick Ness
“They got their cages, they got their boxes, and guns
They are the hunters, we are the foxes and we run.
I know places we won’t be found and they’ll be chasing their tails trying to track us down
Cause I know places we can hide.”
NEW ROMANTICS / CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein
“Cause baby I could build a castle
Out of all the bricks they threw at me
And every day it’s like battle
But every night with us is like a dream.”
Do you have any great UKYA + Taylor Swift suggestions? There must be books that match perfectly with Wonderland & Clean out there! Find out more about UKYADay here.