Let's start with Alexandra's guest blog!
When I was in the seventh grade, I had a debilitating crush on the cutest guy in school. His name was Austin (it still is, actually. Hi, Austin!) and he was about a foot and a half shorter than me, but that wasn’t important (or rare—I was freakishly tall until high school).
I still remember the day he gave me a mix tape. He’d written out all of the songs—lots of Beatles and Dusty Springfield, if I remember correctly—in scratchy boy writing, and I listened to it so much that it got stuck in my boom box. (Tapes? Boom Boxes? What am I, ninety?)
Anyway, in WISH, when Soren makes Olivia a mix (for her iPod, duh…) I imagined that she felt exactly the way I did, listening to mine on repeat, scanning the lyrics for clues and hidden secrets.
Here are a few songs that were definitely on Soren’s mix:
“Milk” by Kings of Leon: In the book, Bowie compares Soren and Graham’s band to Kings of Leon. This isn’t such a well-known song of theirs, but it’s my favorite, and totally romantic. (I’m sure Olivia would agree…)
“Walcott” by Vampire Weekend: I listened to Vampire Weekend a lot while I was writing WISH. This song, in particular, always made me smile because of the “Cape Cod” reference. (I was happy to be fleeing the East Coast during a particularly brutal winter…)
“Heavy Metal Drummer” by Wilco: My best friend Courtney dated a drummer in college, and I used to torture her with this song. (They’re still together, so it couldn’t have been that bad!) When Olivia first sees Soren playing the drums at the party in Sea Cliff, I imagined her hearing this song in her head. She fell in love with a drummer…
“Here Comes Your Man,” by The Pixies: What’s a mix of love songs without an appearance by the Pixies? Soren claims that they were big influences on his music, but I have a feeling he was just big into the one-word band names. Either way, a classic!
Thanks Alexandra, you have great taste in music! Let's continue here is the book's summary.
For broken-hearted Olivia Larsen, nothing can change the fact that her twin sister, Violet, is gone... until a mysterious, beautiful gown arrives on her doorstep. The dress doesn't just look magical; it is magical. It has the power to grant her one wish, and the only thing Olivia wants is her sister back.
With Violet again by her side, both girls get a second chance at life. And as the sisters soon discover, they have two more dresses-and two more wishes left. But magic can't solve everything, and Olivia is forced to confront her ghosts to learn how to laugh, love, and live again.
In a breathtaking debut from Alexandra Bullen, WISH asks the question: If you could have anything, what would you wish for?
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Alexandra’s next stop is at The Reading Zone on January 13, where she’ll be doing a guest blog about the many jobs she’s had in the past and how they’ve influenced her writing!