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YA Leading Ladies As Sour by Olivia Rodrigo Lyrics

I'm fairly certain that everyone under the sun has listened to Sour by Olivia Rodrigo. The first time I heard it I was taken back to my own youthful misadventures and the haze of naivety. I loved the descriptions of the chaotic emotions of being a teenager, specifically a teenage girl. This made me think about how the songs would relate to the leading ladies in all the young adult books I've been reading recently. Included are characters from The Girls Are Never Gone and The Cousins.

The Girl's Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Description: The Conjuring meets Sadie when seventeen-year-old podcaster Dare takes an internship in a haunted house and finds herself in a life-or-death struggle against an evil spirit.

Dare Chase doesn’t believe in ghosts.

Privately, she’s a supernatural skeptic. But publicly, she’s keeping her doubts to herself—because she’s the voice of Attachments, her brand-new paranormal investigation podcast, and she needs her ghost-loving listeners to tune in.

That’s what brings her to Arrington Estate. Thirty years ago, teenager Atheleen Bell drowned in Arrington’s lake, and legend says her spirit haunts the estate. Dare’s more interested in the suspicious circumstances surrounding her death—circumstances that she believes point to a living culprit, not the supernatural. Still, she’s vowed to keep an open mind as she investigates, even if she’s pretty sure what she’ll find.

But Arrington is full of surprises. Good ones like Quinn, the cute daughter of the house’s new owner. And baffling ones like the threatening messages left scrawled in paint on Quinn’s walls, the ghastly face that appears behind Dare’s own in the mirror, and the unnatural current that nearly drowns their friend Holly in the lake. As Dare is drawn deeper into the mysteries of Arrington, she’ll have to rethink the boundaries of what is possible. Because if something is lurking in the lake…it might not be willing to let her go.

  • Dare: And now, every time a siren sounds // I wonder if you're around // 'Cause you know that I'd do it all again - Favorite Crime, Sour

  • Quinn: They say these are the golden years // But I wish I could disappear // Ego crush is so severe // God, it's brutal out here - Brutal, Sour

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Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Description: It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

  • Aza: Oh, I hope you're happy, but not like how you were with me // I'm selfish, I know, I can't let you go // So find someone great but don't find no one better - Happier, Sour

  • Daisy: Car rides to Malibu // Strawberry ice cream // One spoon for two // And trading jackets // Laughing 'bout how small it looks on you - Deja Vu, Sour

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The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

Description: Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each other, and they've never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they're surprised... and curious.

Their parents are all clear on one point—not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother's good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it's immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious—and dark—their family's past is.

The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn't over—and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.

  • Milly: And I see everyone gettin' all the things I want // And I'm happy for them, but then again, I'm not // Just cool vintage clothes and vacation photos // I can't stand it, oh, God, I sound crazy - Jealousy, Jealousy, Sour

  • Aubrey: And you always say I'm never satisfied // But I don't think that's true // 'Cause all I ever wanted was to be enough for you - Enough For You, Sour

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