My favourite trope in young adult literature is when The Smiths are used as a catalyst for a new friendship.
From the top:
The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
If I’ve missed any, let me know.
Time to elect a new official cool “outsider” band of YA lit! Belle & Sebastian seem like a pretty natural successor to the throne but give it five years I guess.