If You Can Keep a Secret... - The Music Behind the Book w/ Cale Dietrich +GIVEAWAY

Boy meets girl. Girl meets boy. Boy meets boy. One of them has to die. 😩

You’re all incredibly beautiful young men and you should relish the chance to show everyone how handsome you are.

Ok so it's a little more complicated than that. Imagine Alias meets The Bachelorette, where two boys are tasked to make a girl fall in love with himself and the loser gets a one way ticket out of this world. Yikes. All for the name of spying and political gains. Add a little complication in that the boys are more interested in each other than they are the girl...And maybe more than living.

I loved this book. The way Cale created the characters and made you fall in love with them as they fell in love with each other. You're watching and you're wondering how it's going to end with such high stakes. You're hoping for some loophole. You know it doesn't work that way.

Part of the charm of this book is how Cale pokes fun at tropes and crushes them at the same time. The Love Interest manages to create an original story from tales as old as time.

Do the nice boys always finish last? Guess you'll have to read and see.

The way Cale wove pop culture and music into the story made this fangirl's heart sing. I'm so thrilled to chat with him about the musical influences (Midnight Show is one of my fav Killers songs!) so check out his guest post below!

The Music Behind the Story

Ahh I love this question, as I freaking love talking about music. I make *so* many playlists when I’m writing and revising. I make playlists for the main plot and playlists for each character, and I use them a LOT. I find it really helps me to get into the right headspace to write.

There are quite a few songs specifically mentioned in The Love Interest. Most of these come from my favorite album of all time: Hot Fuss by The Killers. I could go on and on (and on!) about this album. I fell in love with it in high school, and I still listen to at least a few songs from it most days.

Two songs from Hot Fuss get specific shout-outs: Midnight Show and Andy, You’re a Star. I chose Midnight Show for one of the most important scenes in the whole book, mostly because it sounds really freaking cool – the vocal is so desperate and kinda edgy and a little dangerous. Andy, You’re a Star was picked because a boy I liked in high school sent it to me, and I remember constantly agonizing (and hoping!) that him sending me that song was his way of telling me something. It’s such a vivid memory of my teenage years, so Caden does a similar thing.

Another note: these aren’t the most popular songs on Hot Fuss, and I chose them partly for that reason. I love songs like Mr. Brightside and Somebody Told Me, but I figured that they’ve already got enough attention, and it would be better to highlight some deeper cuts.

Also heavily featured is Nicki Minaj. Pretty much everyone who has ever read TLI has mentioned her to me, which I freaking love. This is another thing taken from my life – I listen to her music whenever I need a confidence boost, so Caden does the same thing. Honestly, I don’t think it’s possible to not feel amazing about yourself after putting yourself in Nicki Minaj’s shoes.

There are three other songs that were really important to TLI: Youth by Troye Sivan, because I think the dip in the chorus of that song is how I wanted it to feel when Caden swoons for Dyl. Hold On by Twin Atlantic would be TLI’s anthem if it had one, I feel like every single line in it applies somehow. Lastly: Be Who You Are by You Me At Six is the song I played on repeat while writing the epilogue.

So, if I were to make a playlist for The Love Interest, it’d look like this:

1. Youth – Troye Sivan
2. Midnight Show – The Killers
3. Va Va Voom – Nicki Minaj
4. Hold On – Twin Atlantic
5. Be Who You Are – You Me At Six

The Love Interest
by Cale Dietrich
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: May 16, 2017
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There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

Cale Dietrich is a YA devotee, lifelong gamer, and tragic pop punk enthusiast. He was born in Perth, grew up on the Gold Coast, and now lives in Brisbane, Australia. The Love Interest is his first novel.

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