Grades seven and eight my group of friends got into Nirvana, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, etc. I listened to emoish stuff though. First CD I ever bought was Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge by My Chemical Romance on a school trip to a mall where I was in some nerdy robot competition. I used my lunch money.
As for books, I've always read books. My parents read Harry Potter to my brothers and I as kids, and I read the school material. Nowadays I borrow books from my friends and read them. Palahniuk is a favorite of mine.