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Each song was curated by K.M. Walton to specially match the characters, tones, heartbreaks, and joys from her books.


She suggests reading the book first and then listening to the accompanying playlist (each song title listed below is clickable). She's confident you'll feel the songs even more.

Close your eyes, turn it up, and rock on.

  • The Suburbs                 Artist: Arcade Fire              Inspired David Arnold’s short story Suburbiana (or, The Return of Super Frog)       

  • Miss Atomic Bomb
    Artist: The Killers     Inspired Anthony Breznican’s short story Miss Atomic Bomb

  • Cold Beverage
    Artist: G. Love & Special Sauce                       Inspired G. Love’s personal essay Cold Beverage the song I wrote that changed my life

  • Hotel California
    Artist:The Eagles     Inspired Ellen Hopkins’ short story Tiffany Twisted

  • Planting Trees
    Artist: James Howe and Mark Davis               Inspired James Howe’s personal essay How Miracles Begin

  • Somewhere (A Place for Us)
    Artist: Music by Leonard Bernstein; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Inspired Beth Kephart’s personal essay The Opposite of Ordinary

  • Wonderwall
    Artist: Oasis             Inspired Elisa Ludwig’s short story About You Now

  • Ballad of a Thin Man
    Artist: Bob Dylan     Inspired Jonathan Maberry’s personal essay You Know Something’s Happening Here (But You Don’t Know What it is)

  • October Song
    Artist: Amy Winehouse  Inspired Donn Thompson Morelli aka “DONN T’s” short story Time to Soar

  • It Hurts
    Artist: 2NE1              Inspired Ellen Oh’s short story Second Chances

  • Dancing Nancies
    Artist: Dave Matthews Band                          Inspired Tiffany Schmidt’s short story Anyone Other Than Me

  • The Middle
    Artist: Jimmy Eat World  Inspired Suzanne Young’s short story The Ride

  • 1 Thing
    Artist: Ameriie            Ameriie wrote the foreword for the anthology

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