November 6, 2014

Band Geek Thursday: Kate Brauning's HOW WE FALL Playlist

Good morning, Misfits! Today we're thrilled to have Kate Brauning share her playlist for her YA contemp HOW WE FALL. Take it away, Kate!

I’m super thrilled to be writing about How We Fall’s playlist, because I listen to a ton of music while I write, and it really helps me find the tone of the story. Since the book releases this week (hurray! I’m partying), it seems like a great time to share the playlist with you!

First, so you know what I’m talking about, here’s the quick pitch:

In the wake of her best friend’s disappearance, 17-year-old Jackie throws herself into an obsessive relationship with her cousin, only to find out her best friend’s secrets might take him, too.

Two songs in particular encapsulate the tone of How We Fall for me:

“Mission Bells” by Matt Nathanson- Peppered with Hitchcock references, the suspense elements and tragic love story make this song is so perfect for HWF that it’s quoted in the book as an epigraph. The music video is also done in a classic film style that Jackie would love, too.

“Falling” by Florence and the Machine- How We Fall’s title came partially from this song, and the lyrics apply to the book as whole so well. “This is a song for a scribbled out name… I'm not scared to jump/I'm not scared to fall/If there was nowhere to land/I wouldn't be scared/At all”

Act 1: These next three songs sum up the first act of the story really well, because even though the book opens with Marcus and Jackie semi-together, their 3 rules keep them from admitting what’s happening.

“Too Afraid to Love You” by The Black Keys: I just don't know what to do/I'm too afraid to love you/All those sleepless nights/And all those wasted days/I wish loneliness would leave me/But I think it's here to stay

“Not In That Way” by Sam Smith: I'd never ask you ‘cause deep down/I'm certain I know what you'd say/You'd say I'm sorry believe me/I love you but not in that way

“Terrible Love” by The National:  It's a terrible love/And I'm walking with spiders/It's a terrible love and I'm walking in/It's quiet company

Act 2: These next few get at the heart of leaving someone you still love, and the regret of discovering love wasn’t what you thought it would be, which is very much the mid-section of How We Fall:

 “Flaws” by Bastille: You have always worn your flaws upon your sleeve/And I have always buried them deep beneath the ground/Dig them up; let's finish what we've started

“100” by Brandi Carlile: I always think about you/And I have to close my eyes/If I live to be one hundred/Will I ever cross your mind?

“What Did I Ever Come Here For?” by Brandi Carlile: I’ve been gone for so long/And how I missed you/My heart was aching for home… But you closed your door anyway/What did I ever come here for?

“Here With Me” by The Killers: Spent the summer, just laying out in the sun/Time seems to move so slow/When you're taking it as it comes/Maybe we were just too young

“Heart’s on Fire” by Passenger: Well I don’t know where and I don’t know when/But I know we’ll be lovers again/I’ll see you some day before the end/I don’t know where and I don’t know when

“Please Don’t Leave Me” Pink: I can be so mean when I wanna be/I am capable of really anything/
I can cut you into pieces/When my heart is broken.


 “Sorrow” by The National: This one is my top choice for one of my favorite scenes in the book—the scene at the creek at night.

“Like I Can” by Sam Smith: Since the book is single POV, readers don’t get to see from Marcus’s point of view, but this song sums up a lot of what he’s thinking during the story, especially once Will comes on stage.

“Let It Be Me” by Ray LaMontagne: I love this song for How We Fall, particularly for the last half, because to me the story is so much of a best friends’ romance.

Without spoiling the ending, these last four strike the right tone for the ending, dealing with forgiving and moving on or trying again. I’ve listened to them on repeat so many times:

“One and Only” by Adele: I dare you to let me be your, your one and only/So come on and give me the chance/To prove that I'm the one who can/Walk that mile until the end starts

“I Have Loved You Wrong” by The Swell Season: Forgive me lover, for I have sinned/ For I have let you go/But you've been every now and then on my mind/You’re every now and then on my mind

“Bad Blood” by Bastille: All this bad blood here, won't you let it dry?/It's been cold for years, won't you let it lie?

“The Last Time” by Taylor Swift & Gary Lightbody: This is the last time I'm asking you this/Put my name at the top of your list/This is the last time I'm asking you why/You break my heart in the blink of an eye.

Kate Brauning is the author of How We Fall, a YA contemporary releasing Nov. 2014 from Merit Press, F+W Media. She’s an editor at Entangled Publishing and pursues her lifelong dream of telling stories she'd want to read. Visit her online at or on Twitter at @KateBrauning.


tawney13 said...

Wonderful playlist! I love Bastille and Sam Smith. I'm going to have to get the rest these songs!

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