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#RockBandLiterature: YA Edition

#RockBandLiterature was trending on Twitter, so we put a YA twist on it, natch. Grab your thinking caps and play along in the comments!

#RockBandLiterature: YA Edition


Turns out, Twitter is more than just a place to read about how the apocalypse is nigh. (Who knew?) Every so often, hashtag games make the rounds. These usually involve puns, wordplay, or describing something using a limited number of words, all while keeping to a theme. #RockBandLiterature was one such game trending on Twitter recently. Similar to the "Before and After" category in Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, the game involves combining two phrases — in this case, a book title and the name of a rock band. For example, "Are You There Godsmack? It's Me, Margaret" combines Judy Blume's crash course in puberty, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, with the band Godsmack. And so we present to you our best ideas for #RockBandLiterature: YA Edition.


• The Dave Clark Five Flavors of Dumb (Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John / The Dave Clark Five)

• Two Beastie Boys Kissing (Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan / Beastie Boys)

• The Cure for the Common Universe (Cure for the Common Universe by Christian McKay Heidicker / The Cure)

• Beautiful Music for Ugly Kid Joe (Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills / Ugly Kid Joe)

• Geography Culture Club (Geography Club by Brent Hartinger / Culture Club)



• The Perks of Being The Wallflowers (The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky / The Wallflowers)

• The Hate U Gimme Gimme (The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas / Me First and the Gimme Gimmes)

• A Court of Thorns and Guns N' Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas / Guns N' Roses)

• The Iron Handmaiden's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood / Iron Maiden)

• Simon & Garfunkel vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli / Simon & Garfunkel)



• Under a Painted Explosions in the Sky (Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee / Explosions in the Sky)

• U2 All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han / U2)

• The Evaporation of Sofi Snow Patrol (The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber / Snow Patrol)

• The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zakk Wylde (The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher / Zakk Wylde)

• I'll Give You the Sunny Day Real Estate (I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson / Sunny Day Real Estate)



• Anatomy of the Misfits (Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes / Misfits)

• Eleanor and Linkin Park (Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell / Linkin Park)

• The Raven Kings of Leon (The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater / Kings of Leon)

• My Lady Jane's Addiction (My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows / Jane's Addiction)

• The Disreputable History of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons (The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart / Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons)



• Half Bad Religion (Half Bad by Sally Green / Bad Religion)

• Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Sour (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling / Stone Sour)

• Brand New Moon (New Moon by Stephenie Meyer / Brand New)

• Midnight at the Electric Light Orchestra (Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson / Electric Light Orchestra)

• A Study in Good Charlotte (A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro / Good Charlotte)


Honorable Mentions

We got a little carried away, resulting in a few titles that bend the rules. Peep these non-rock musical YA mash-ups:

• Me and Earl and the Spice Girls (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews / The Spice Girls) - Brian

• The Patti LaBelle Jar (The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath / Patti LaBelle) - Britt

• The Gentleman's Guide to Vanilla Ice and Virtue (The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee / Vanilla Ice) - Britt

• Ready Player One Direction (Ready Player One by Ernest Cline / One Direction) - Jennie

• Daughter of Smoke and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor / Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) - Jennie


Now it's your turn, readers! What other YA #RockBandLiterature titles can you come up with? Share your ideas in the comments!

Britt's photo About the Author: Britt lives in San Francisco, CA. When she’s not sprawled out on her classroom floor after a long day of droppin’ knowledge, she can be found at home reading YA and/or reminding Netflix that yes she is still watching, thank you very much. Her patronus is a bespectacled giraffe.