For this week’s penultimate post, we have an awesome Story Soundtrack (I know y’all missed this feature!!) for the eerily haunting yet no doubt lovely Of Breakable Things! Do listen to the great tracks chosen by debut author, A. Lynden Rolland, herself and read about how these songs relate to her book’s story and characters!
Heart of the matter
A broken girl learns about the fragility of life, love, and perspective – after her death.
Moment of truth
“He was here. She could see him. She could feel him. This one moment alone was worth her seat in heaven.”
“Broken” by Lifehouse
The broken locks were a warning you got inside my head
I tried my best to be guarded; I’m an open book instead
I still see your reflection inside of my eyes
That are looking for purpose, they’re still looking for life
It was difficult to choose a portion of the lyrics because each word seems to fit the story. This was the first song on my playlist when I began writing. Alex and Chase have been kindred spirits since birth, and in the afterworld of the mental, they find advantages to this (a link between their minds).
“Say Something” by A Great Big World
I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you
Anywhere I would’ve followed you
I am feeling so small
It was over my head
I know nothing at all
This is so completely and fittingly Chase speaking to Alex. Chase took care of Alex from the time he was old enough to hold her hand. He thought he could control time- that he’d be there for her until she was gone. He never thought he’d die first. In this song, I picture him next to Alex as she’s dying. Though she doesn’t know he’s there.
“Let Her Go” by Passenger
Well you see her when you fall asleep
But never to touch and never to keep
This is Jonas’s song. In his mind, the grass is always greener on the other side. He’s selfish, and he wants anything he can’t have. A few people have mistaken his role in the plot as a piece of a love triangle, and he is nothing of the sort. There is no triangle because he doesn’t have that chance. (Note: He was the most fun character to write because of his imperfections.)
“Demons” by Imagine Dragons
I want to hide the truth
I want to shelter you
But with the beast inside
There’s nowhere we can hide
We all have our inner demons, and unfortunately when you live in a world ruled by the mind, those demons can overcome you in fabulously horrific ways. All the characters are dead, but they are still themselves within their minds. They have the same flaws, emotions, hates and loves, and this keeps them alive. But a mind can still crack and in the world of OBT, losing one’s mind turns them maniacally insane. Chase has always tried to
“Song for Sienna” by Brian Crain
I was actually listening to this song when I dreamed up the book trailer for Of Breakable Things. When I hear it, I think of Alex and Chase and their childhood together. Taking care of another. Laughing with one another. Losing one another. And eventually… finding one another.
“A Drop in the Ocean” by Ron Pope
A drop in the ocean
A change in the weather
I was praying that you and me might end up together
It’s like wishing for rain as I stand in the desert
But I’m holding you closer than most
‘Cause you are my heaven
This is Alex and Chase. Alex says more than once during the story that Chase is her heaven. Whatever choice she makes in the matter, bright shiny door after death or not, wherever he is will make it worth it.
“Heaven” by O.A.R. (my favorite band)
You take the low, I’ll take the high
You lock the gate, I hear the choir
Everybody got a problem with the way I live
I don’t want to go to Heaven if I can’t get in
To find inspiration for the Lasalle brothers, who are insanely fun loving, I listen to anything by O.A.R.- Crazy Game of Poker, Love and Memories (actually mentioned in Of Breakable Things), Shattered, or this one!
Had a great time listening to these- thanks for sharing them, Amy! Book nerds, don’t forget to add Of Breakable Things to your Goodreads shelves and stalk this ah-may-zing author thru her social media (links at the bottom), in case you wanna bug her for more song recs or sing praises to OBT!
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About The Author
A. Lynden Rolland was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland. She spent much of her childhood compiling dramatic stories of tragic characters in a notebook she still keeps. As a former English teacher, she enjoys visiting classrooms and teen book/writing clubs to discuss reading, writing and publishing. When she isn’t writing or chasing her two young children around town, she moonlights as a writing tutor and gymnastics instructor. Of Breakable Things is her first novel.
Favourite stories: The Great Gatsby, Wuthering Heights, A Wrinkle in Time, Harry Potter
Favourite soundtracks: Anything O.A.R, Great Gatsby movie soundtrack
Find A. Lynden Rolland on her Website / Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest / Goodreads!
These songs are perfect! My favorite would have to be Say Something…I will now think of Chase and Alex when I hear this song. I eagerly await the rest of their story.
Right? Exactly how I feel and I haven’t even read the book yet! I hope I get the chance to! :D
My favorite song on this list is Song for Sienna :)
OMG, the story about “Say Something” literally just made me cry. Such a perfect choice!
A Drop in the Ocean!♥
That song is just…perfect.
Oh goodness, but I LOVE this playlist so very much! I think, out of the ones I’ve never heard before (only 2 out of the list), Song for Sienna is the one I’m most in love with. I love listening to instrumental tunes that capture a feeling so very perfectly, and this one does!
This book sounds good!! *adds it to my tbr* and I love the songs that were chosen. Demons and A Drop in the Ocean are <33
Say Something for the words
A Drop In The Ocean and Say Something are my favorite songs. It says so much about the relationship between Alex and Chase. I can’t wait!
Demons by Imagine Dragons is my fave soundtrack. It has been my favorite since before. The message of the song is pretty good. :)
I totally love Imagine Dragons’s Demons! I’m not really a good girl, you know. And besides, we all have our inner demons. I love Say Something too. The song is just so heartbreaking. :( The words “after her death” are really intriguing, and then there’s the Moment of Truth part! Here’s hoping I win! :)
“Let her Go” is one of my favorite songs lately!
If the book is as good as the soundtrack then count me in
Ooh I LOVE Demons by Imagine Dragons. I really want to read this book because it just sounds so different and I can relate to being a young person with a fragile body.
I’ve said a few times in your other blog posts and I’ll say this again.. LIFEHOUSE trumps any other song. Lifehouse was my go-to music artist in my high school years 10 years ago. Those guys just know how to channel my inner contemplative self. Charing. Hahaha. Love your blog Hazel!!! <3
I am reading Of Breakable Things right now. I tweeted that I wanted to slow down so it wasn’t over with so fast, but be careful what you wish for because between Armchair BEA posting and trying to keep up with my blogging buddies on Twitter who are actually there, I have had almost zero time for reading. I read a few pages last night and fell asleep with the Kindle in my hand. I adore this book. I love the characters’ personalities and the setting is full and unique.
I am loving Heaven. And A Drop in the Ocean is just beautiful! This soundtrack is pretty all-around amazing.