December 11, 2014

Band Geek Thursday: Liz Czukas' TOP TEN CLUES YOU'RE CLUELESS Playlist

Today we have a super fun holiday themed play list for you from the lovely Liz Czukas, author of ASK AGAIN LATER. Be sure to check out the Spotify link at the bottom and enjoy the festivities! 


I’m so happy to be here for Band Geek Thursday! Thanks for having me, Misfits! Music is always part of my writing process, and it actually comes up pretty frequently in Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless.

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless
 is the story of six teens who all work in the same grocery store, and on Christmas Eve, they are accused of stealing $10,000 from the store. It’s a story about making friends in unexpected places and trusting yourself more than anything, but there’s plenty of hijinks, some kissing, and lots of holiday atmosphere!

There are going to be a few cringe-worthy songs on this list, because they play on the overhead speakers at the grocery store in the book, so brace yourself!

Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano – in the book, Chloe (the narrator) says, “The trouble with ‘Feliz Navidad’ is that everyone hates it, but you can’t stop yourself from singing it.” I bet you’re singing it under your breath right now.

Last Christmas by Wham – This is one of those songs, you only seem to hear in stores, so it totally gives me that retail feeling. Long hours, and unhappy customers.

Here Comes Santa Claus by Gene Autry – Ugh. Is this anyone’s favorite Christmas song? It’s the first song to play over the P.A. in the morning when the characters start work.

All I Want for Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey – Chloe used to hate this song, but she’s had a change of heart. Why? “Tyson finds it irresistible. It’s the song most likely to make him get into a full groove. ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ comes on, and he’s just a few degrees short of putting on a show at the end of lane six.”

Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer – This is pretty much Chloe’s entire inner monologue whenever she’s talking to her crush, Tyson.

Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill – This is definitely Sammi’s theme song!

The Anthem by Good Charlotte – If Gabe could have a song play every time he walked into a room, it could definitely be this one.

King of Anything by Sara Bareilles – This song puts me in mind of Zaina. She just wants to get through her day, and she’s had it with people’s ideas about her.

The Middle by Jimmy Eat World – If you’ve never seen the video for this song, you should check it out, because the guy in there could be Micah, the awkward genius from Top Ten Clues.

Now or Never by Kendrick Lamar feat. Mary J. Blige – This is hard-working nice guy Tyson’s song, because it fits so well with him working toward his dreams.

Lust for Life by Iggy Pop – There is a scene in the book that takes place after the store is closed that this song just works for. If you’ve ever run behind a grocery cart then leaped on for the ride, you’ll know the feeling of this song.

Raise Your Glass by Pink – I think this song defines the entire group of characters by the end of the story.


Liz Czukas is a freelance writer (on sometimes sad or boring topics), and also writes books for young adults (which are rarely sad and full of kissing). Before that, she was a nurse and she still kind of misses starting IVs.

She lives outside Milwaukee, WI with her husband, son and the world’s loudest cat. She types too loud (according to her husband), spends too much time on the Internet, and can’t get enough of disaster movies. There is *always* a song stuck in her head, and she once won a hula-hoop contest.

If you are interested in honing your stalking skills (from a distance, please) Liz welcomes you to practice on Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, or better yet, Twitter where she likes to hang out and talk about TV, writing, Harrison Ford, her kid, and all of the idiotic things she does to injure herself on a routine basis.

Liz is also the real person behind the New Adult novelist Ellie Cahill, who also writes books full of kissing (and more!). Ellie has remarkably similar interests to Liz.

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