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A hand-selected playlist is like a gift box full of a whole bunch of individually wrapped presents, each one chosen with care, each one signifying a whole world of emotions and memories, each one claiming I know this about you, I haven’t forgotten. All that energy spent thinking about you – a playlist can be perfectly awesome, really off-base, or totally creepy. It all depends on your perspective.
My new novel Wicked Games is a story of love and passion, obsession and destruction, and the lengths to which you might go to in order to save your first real relationship. The short of it is that, after nearly four years together, Carter and Lilah have grown apart on the eve of their senior year. Carter wants to do the right thing by Lilah, the responsible thing, but he has fallen hard for a sexy, smart and fun classmate, Jules. Carter wants to move on, but Lilah just can’t let go. Wicked Games is a psychological thriller, so I’ll stop here before I give the story away. But it was a lot of fun to walk around my childhood vacation spot in South Florida and imagine a story that would expose the dark rumblings beneath the surface of the beautiful and sunny people around me. The personalities of Carter, Lilah, and Jules were inspired by music that I could imagine playing in the background while their characters are doing their thing, so here are a few songs to get you going.
“In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins, a creepy atmospheric song that was featured in Miami Vice, to set the scene.
Taylor Swift’s “Mine” and LL Cool J’s “I Need Love,” two songs of happy relationships and that thrilling period when you realize how in-love you are with someone.
Mac Miller’s “Missed Calls” and Adele’s “Someone Like You,” two epic odes about the woulda-coulda-shoulda of lost love.
“Miami” by Will Smith, a just-for-fun song for all the guys heading towards South Beach for a night on the town.
Catch-22’s “Rocky” and No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak,” two songs to break up to.
Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” and Rasputina’s “If Your Kisses Can’t Hold The Man You Love,” two songs for all the “other women” out there.
Jem’s “Just a Ride,” a song for those who don’t think they’re cheating by being “just friends”….
Jack Off Jill’s cover of The Cure’s “Love Song,” a song for someone who really believes in everlasting love.
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