Guest Post: Author Dahlia Adler – “Last Will and Testament” Playlist
Thanks for having me, All the Write Notes! Usually I share my playlists on Band Geek Thursdays on my group blog, YA Misfits, but this post is the playlist for my very first NA, so, here we are! (Plus, ATWN is awesome, in case you haven’t noticed.) My book is called Last Will and Testament, and it’s a contemporary romance about a girl whose parents are killed and has to pull herself together to become guardian of her two younger brothers as a result. She does so with the help of her Byzantine history TA, and, well, you can guess where it goes from there!
This book is definitely full of ups and downs, sadness and humor and revenge and sex and family and failure and lots of things that are far better expressed by a whole bunch of seasoned musicians than by me. I wrote LWaT to a larger playlist than that which you see below, but these are the songs with real scene tie-ins, and I think they come together to get just the right vibe of the book. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
“All Falls Down” by Kanye West – The beginning of this song is such freaking perfect NA. I mean, “I promise/she’s so self-conscious/she has no idea what she’s doing in college”? For Lizzie? Yes. Very much yes.
“I Love Myself Today” by Bif Naked – Lizzie has about a billion moments in the book where she’s really not proud of herself and her actions, so this song is for that first scene where she actually feels good about what she’s doing, for about five seconds.
“Curse Me Good” by The Heavy – This is literally just a tribute to Connor’s adorable French-Canadian cursing in the book. There is zero deeper meaning.
“Sober” by Pink – This is the number one most central song of the book, and was so instrumental to my writing process, because five seconds of listening to it got me in the mood to work on it, no matter what else I was doing. Lizzie’s a partier, a drinker, a smoker, a sex-appreciator…all things she feels compelled to tone down once she becomes responsible for her younger brothers. But at the same time, they’ve become a lot of her identity over the past year she’s been at college, and letting go of them is painful for her not just because she enjoys them but because they’re who she is.
“Not Your Fault” by AWOLNATION – Forbidden relationships are tough, man. Lizzie and Connor go from a mutual distaste to a friendship to more, and both see it coming, both try to stop it (well, Connor does, anyway), both crack frequently, and they argue a lot as a result, even though of course they’re on the same side and just frustrated as hell.
“Thinking Of You” by Ke$ha – When the book opens, Lizzie is hooking up with a guy on the sly who already has a girlfriend. That…doesn’t stay secret for very long (about one page), but it really blows up at a party, and this is one of the songs for that scene.
“Why’d You Bring a Shotgun to the Party” by The Pretty Reckless – The other song for that scene. The shotgun is just a metaphor, I swear.
“Smoke Baby” by Hawksley Workman – The scenes at a bar Lizzie goes to with her friends are some of my personal favorites. I could see this playing in the background while Lizzie’s cigarette smoke curls in the air.
“Let Her Go” by Passenger – I feel like this one’s pretty self-explanatory.
“Adrenalize” by In This Moment – This would be the “Hot, obsessive, can’t keep their hands off each other” song.
“Laid” by Better Than Ezra – Still can’t keep their hands off each other, but a little sweeter now. Also a great cover.
“Bitch Came Back” by Theory of a Deadman – Sophie’s song. That’s pretty much all you need to know.
“Here’s to Us” by Halestorm – “Sober” is the #1 song for this book, but this is probably #2. “Here’s to us/here’s to love/all the times that we fucked up” and “We stuck it out this far together/put our dreams through the shredder/let’s toast ’cause things got better” and “If they give ya hell/tell ’em go fuck themselves…” and on and on and on with its perfection.
And, of course, for fun bonus points and Byzantine pun-goodness, “Istanbul” by They Might Be Giants. Just read the book; you’ll appreciate it.
Bio: Dahlia Adler is an Associate Editor of Mathematics by day, a Copy Editor by night, and a YA and NA author at every spare moment in between. You can usually find her on Twitter as @MissDahlELama, or blogging at the Barnes & Noble book blog. She lives in New York City with her husband and their overstuffed bookshelves. She would probably like a macaron right about now.
Series: Radleigh University
Author: Dahlia Adler