A Playlist, A Curse and The Careful Undressing of Love


Thank you for joining us today for our post on THE CAREFUL UNDRESSING OF LOVE Blog Tour. We are so happy to participate in this tour and are excited to share Corey Ann Haydu's playlist that reflects the feel of the book quite well.





The Careful Undressing of Love Playlist

1.      I Don’t Want to Get Over You by The Magnetic Fields: In the months that I was writing the third draft of what would someday becomes The Careful Undressing of Love—the draft that stuck—I decided for the millionth time to get into the famous Magnetic Fields album, 69 Love Songs. I had tried it before, and it had never stuck. For some reason, working on this book, it not only stuck, it became my second favorite album ever. I couldn’t get enough of it. I still can’t. This is a favorite from a slew of favorites—and one that made its way into a scene with Lorna and Cruz.  I would consider this song the official theme song of the novel.

2.      Because the Night—Patti Smith: One of the best things about writing The Careful Undressing of Love was working with my editor and sharing all the big and small thoughts we had about the book—the plot, the characters, the texture, the world they lived in, the themes inside, the poetry the characters would like, and the songs they might listen to. Andrew brought up the song Because the Night a few times, and we both came to think of it as part of the soundtrack of the book—particularly in the party scenes.

3.      Romeo and Juliet—The Dire Straits: Look. This song is going to be on every playlist for every YA novel I ever write. It’s my favorite song, it was my wedding song, and it’s the song I most strongly associate with the sort of painful, impossible, confusing, profound love that comes with being seventeen.

4.      Can’t Admit It by Lily and Madeleine: I have a Lily and Madeleine record that is one of my favorite writing records. It has just enough emotion without dipping into anything too intrusive, and I love their contemplative, sweet sound. This song is all about wondering if you should hang on to something that might not be right for you anymore. Something that’s been there for you forever. The lines “I’m not so sure I want this anymore, and I’m not so sure I need it. But I’m worried that if I walk out that door, I wouldn’t really leave it.” That’s the exact struggle of Lorna and the Devonairre Street Girls. When something is so much a part of you, can you ever really leave it behind?

5.      Noble Heart by Phox: “Did they already tell you? I’m a low level poison to drink through. I’d like to prove them wrong. But patterns show they’re telling the truth”. I MEAN. It’s practically the thesis of the book. This song is so gorgeous. This band is gorgeous. I picture Lorna listening to them as she wanders the neighborhood late at night, maybe standing outside Cruz’s building, wondering if she should call up, or let it go. There’s also an incredible break in the middle of the song and it turns into something new. It feels like an epiphany, in music.

6.       Possibility Days by Counting Crows: Is there word for really intense Counting Crows fans? Crow-heads maybe? Anyway, I am a Crow-head. I’ve seen them dozens of times, most recently in Rome. This is a less known song that I really love. Their lyrics tell a story, and I imagine that Lorna would listen to this song in the garden on Decvonairre Street and play the line about “the one bad decision we made” over and over and over. This song has that wistful, painful feeling that the Devonairre Street girls are struggling with. I also love that it mentions JFK airport in the beginning, since one of the early chapters is there.

7.       The World Spins Madly On by The Weepies: So much of this book is about how the world moves on while you grieve. Even if people grieve with you for a while, you never quite live in the same universe as them again. This song captures that startling realization—that the world spins madly on while loss after loss hits Devonairre Street.

8.       Wicked Ones by Dorothy: I can’t give anything away but there’s a scene where Lorna walks into Julia’s in Prospect Heights. And stuff goes DOWN. This is the song for someone who’s mind is set to cause some destruction. This is absolutely what’s playing when Lorna walks into that bar.


THE CAREFUL UNDRESSING OF LOVE
by Corey Ann Haydu


January 31st 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

Everyone who really knows Brooklyn knows Devonairre Street girls are different. They’re the ones you shouldn’t fall in love with. The ones with the curse. The ones who can get you killed.

Lorna Ryder is a Devonairre Street girl, and for years, paying lip service to the curse has been the small price of living in a neighborhood full of memories of her father, one of the thousands killed five years earlier in the 2001 Times Square Bombing. Then her best friend’s boyfriend is killed, and suddenly a city paralyzed by dread of another terrorist attack is obsessed with Devonairre Street and the price of falling in love.

Set in an America where recent history has followed a different path.

4 comments:

  1. I love playlist posts. I haven't heard any of these songs, but I love the explanations.

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  2. Gotta love a good book playlist. I'll have to check this book out! This is the first I've heard of it.

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    1. Check it out and listen at the same time ;)

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