Taylor Swift is the Voice of Our YA Fiction

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In case you missed it, the internet was rocked this week by Taylor Swift’s new album. As we recover from the greatness of 1989 by playing it non-stop, we couldn’t resist matching up some of our favourite T.Swift songs (new and old) with a few of our favourite Y.A books and couples. Now Swifty can be the soundtrack to both your life and your literature!

1. Min & Ed from Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler – Blank Space

This song gives me all the overwhelming bittersweet feels that this book did. When Min and Ed get together everyone sees that they don’t stand a chance because she’s “artsy” and he’s a player in every sense of the word. Still, they have a whirlwind romance, that they probably do take way too far, and it’s filled with the same passion and impending doom that “Blank Space” is.

So hey, let’s be friends / I’m dying to see how this one ends

2. Leila & Saskia from Tell Me How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan – Treacherous

Could any song be more perfect? Leila knows that falling for Saskia is a slippery treacherous slope, and will lead her down a reckless path that she may not be ready for… SO MANY METAPHORS, TAYLOR. The song and book are both about taking risks for love when it may not seem like the most sensible thing.

 3. Reena & Sawyer from How to Love by Katie Cotugno – All You Had To Do Was Stay

Here is the perfect angry love letter for Reena to write to Sawyer when he returns almost three years after he’s left with no explanation. It’s angry, sad, and a little bitter, but it still kind of leaves me with hope that these two crazy kids will work it out.

Had me in the palm of your hand / Man, why’d you have to go and lock me out when I let you in

 4. Gus & Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Long Live

“Long Live” is one of my favorite T. Swift songs of all time and it makes me all kinds of emotional when I hear it and think of Gus and Hazel and how they change each other’s lives with their small but epic romance. While this song might not exactly be a love story, it captures something beautiful about how some infinities are bigger than others.

5. Tris & Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth – Wonderland

Something about “Wonderland” manages to convey optimism, infatuation, and desperation all at once, making it perfect for the ever complex relationship between Tris and Four. But, let’s just all pretend that Taylor says Blue eyes instead of green eyes, okay?

All alone or so it seemed / But there were strangers watching

6. Ron & Hermione AND Harry & Ginny from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling – You Belong with Me

I could not resist putting Harry Potter on this list! I think the angsty adolescent vibes of The Half Blood Prince give me the right to include it. “You Belong With Me” works on two counts here as both Harry and Hermione pine away for someone who’s in a less-than-perfect relationship. Ron and Ginny both spend part of this book with a b-side love interest while we all waited patiently (or not so patiently) for them to realize who they really belonged with.

So, what do you guys think of our picks? What Taylor Swift/YA pairings do you think we should add? Let us know at @HCCFrenzy!

-Daniela / @daniela3dasilva

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