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24 June 2012

Playlist: The Catastrophic History of You and Me

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I read The Catastrophic History of You and Me (by Jess Rothenberg) for my Geeks Who Read online YA book club.  One of the best parts about the book was that each chapter was titled after a song (from my teenage years).  They help put the chapter into perspective a little better, I think.  Plus, I really liked that it was songs that I knew!

Anyway, I thought that if you wanted to make a bookish playlist, here would be a quick and dirty one for you to start with---"the catastrophic playlist" as I'm calling it on my ipod!

Please note that the song title is what is shared, but in the book, its sometimes a lyric from the song that is the chapter title, so I did the hard part for you and figured out what song.  Generally speaking, the quote is in the ( parentheses ) and the title is what is left outside. 

Two Little Girls by Ani DiFranco (love is a piano dropped)
Don't You (forget about me)-Simple Minds
I Will Remember You- Sarah McLachlan
(Take another) Piece of My Heart--Dusty Springfield (or Janis Joplin)
The Farmer in the Dell (the cheese stands alone)
Purple Haze--Jimi Hendrix (excuse me while i kiss the sky)
The Long and Winding Road--The Beatles
(ooh) Heaven is a Place on Earth--Belinda Carlisle
(Your Love) Is Better Than Ice Cream--Sarah McLachlan
Only the Good Die Young--Billy Joel
(I Was) Walking With A Ghost--Tegan and Sara
(Yeah I'm Free) Free Fallin'--Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Send Me an Angel--Real Life
The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)--Betty Everett
It Must Have Been Love--Roxette
Time After Time--Cyndi Lauper
RESPECT--Aretha Franklin
Nothing Compares 2 U--Sinead O'Connor
(You Ain't Nothing But A) Hound Dog--Elvis Presley
Total Eclipse of the Heart--Bonnie Tyler
Livin' on a Prayer--Bon Jovi
Shot Through The Heart (And You're To Blame) --Bon Jovi
Harvest Moon--Neil Young
16 Candles (Make a Lovely Light)--The Crests
Every Breath You Take--The Police
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted--Jimmy Ruffin
1 2 3 4 (Tell Me That You Love Me More)--Feist
(Hey Hey You You I Don't Like Your) Girlfriend--Avril Lavigne
Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
(Permanently Black and Blue, Permanently Blue For You) Bruises-chairlift
You Outta Know--Alanis Morissette
Cry Me A River--Justin Timberlake
Don't Dream Its Over--Crowded House
In The Arms of An Angel--Sarah McLachlan
California Dreamin'--The Mamas and The Papas
Enjoy the Silence--Depeche Mode
(Just) Like a Prayer--Madonna
(You Must Be My) Lucky Star--Madonna
(To Die By Your Side Is Such A Heavenly Way to Die) There Is A Light That Never Goes Out--The Smiths
The Climb--Hannah Montana / Miley Cyrus
Who Will Save Your Soul (If You Won't Save Your Own)--Jewel
(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me--Naked Eyes
Listen to Your Heart (Before You Tell Him Goodbye)--Roxette
Since U Been Gone--Kelly Clarkson
Hit Me With Your Best Shot--Pat Benetar
What a Girl Wants--Christina Aguilera
(Let us die young, let us live forever) Forever Young--Alphaville
Wake Me Up Inside--Evanescence
(We Belong To The Light, We Belong To The Thunder)  We Belong--Pat Benetar
Somewhere Over The Rainbow--Judy Garland
How To Save a Life--The Fray
All You Need Is Love--The Beatles

As you can tell, you can almost see the story arch (the rising action, climax, falling action, etc) just by looking at the song titles. 

Muchas Gracias to Allison for typing up the list and emailing it to me (since she still had the book when I was working on this post)

Summary via amazon:
Brie's life ends at sixteen: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn't love her, and the news breaks her heart--literally.


But now that she's D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy Brie loved and lost--and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there's Patrick, Brie's mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul...who just might hold the key to her forever after.


With Patrick's help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she's ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?

1 comment:

  1. I still need to get all the songs for this book as well. It's true though, you can see the story progression within the songs!

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