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by Cindy R. Wilson
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release date: December 4th 2018
I haven’t left my house in over a year. My doctor says it’s social anxiety, but I know the only things that are safe are made of paper. My room is paper. My world is paper. Everything outside is fire. All it would take is one spark for me to burst into flames. So I stay inside. Where nothing can touch me.
Then my mom hires a tutor. Jackson. This boy I had a crush on before the world became too terrifying to live in. Jackson’s life is the complete opposite of mine, and I can tell he’s got secrets of his own. But he makes me feel things. Makes me want to try again. Makes me want to be brave. I can almost taste the outside world. But so many things could go wrong, and all it takes is one spark for everything I love to disappear…
And now a playlist made by Miss Wilson for her book!
I’m so excited for this post because aside from writing and reading, music is one of my biggest passions. I create a playlist for every single book I write, and it’s almost as important to me as the book itself. Without the music, I wouldn’t have the story.
Today I’m going to share with you some music from Paper Girl, my debut YA release, and why each song is important to me.
“Mind Over Matter” by Young the Giant – This song represents my hero, Jackson. He’s an incredibly bright young man who has a secret. He’s homeless. This song reminds me of how Jackson has so much potential and wants to take the world by storm, and how he’s trying to do it despite the hardships in his life. Fun fact: After I finished writing this story, I got to see this band perform this song in concert and it was everything.
“Four Walls” by Broods – This song is for my heroine, Zoe. She’s got anxiety disorder and hasn’t left her apartment in over a year. This song reminds me of how safe she feels in her home, how her personal space (the study in her apartment) is the only place she can truly breathe. Also, a fun fact, the working title of the book was Four Walls until I changed it to Paper Girl by the end of writing the story.
“Look After You” by The Fray – This song reminds me of both Zoe and Jackson and the new feelings they’re discovering for each other. It’s a perfect echo of how much they need each other in their lives right now but also how they have to learn to get through their struggles with their own strength. Fun fact? The Fray is a local band. I have also seen them in concert and got to meet them backstage.
“Higher” by Alice and the Glass Lake – This song is perfect for both Zoe and Jackson and their new relationship. They’re working through these tremendous challenges in their lives and they each have the chance to show each other how much more is out there. They give each other a new perspective and make them see that there’s more to their lives.
Thanks for letting me share some of the songs I adore on the Paper Girl playlist. You can visit my website and see the full playlist by clicking on the books tab and choosing Paper Girl.
About the Author
Cindy lives at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and loves using Colorado towns and cities as inspiration for settings in her stories. She’s the mother of three girls, who provide plenty of fodder for her YA novels. Cindy writes speculative fiction and YA fiction, filled with a healthy dose of romance. You’ll often find her hiking or listening to any number of playlists while she comes up with her next story idea.
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