March 3, 2011
In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.
Blake Nelson has never been afraid to tackle difficult subjects in his young adult novels, and in Recovery Road he takes on teen addiction and recovery. Strong characters fill this fast-paced book, and their compelling struggles endear them to the reader. Butler neither romanticizes addiction nor denounces it, but crisply illustrates the issues facing teens (as well as everyone else) today.
My new book Recovery Road is about two teenagers who fall in love in rehab. The main feeling of the book is a kind of "surrender / renewal" vibe. I know there are times in everyone's life—not just substance abuse people—where everything goes to shit and you just have to give up and surrender to the fates and it doesn't make any sense to fight what's happening to you anymore.
This could be a grief situation, or a relationship problem just as easily as a drug problem.
The book is about the freedom of that moment of "I give up, I'm screwed, I'm going to start over."
But of course, people's pasts have a way of sneaking back up on them.....
Empire of the Sun "We are the People"
Ladytron "Destroy Everything You Touch"
Camera Obscura "If Looks Could Kill"
Aztec Camera "Oblivious"
Interpol "Pace is the Trick"
The Radio Department "Never Follow Suit"
Blake Nelson and Recovery Road links:
Figment Blog interview with the author
Largehearted Boy Book Notes playlist essay by the author for Destroy All Cars
Material Concern interview with the author
The Millions profile of the author
Zoe's Book Reviews interview with the author
also at Largehearted Boy:
other Book Notes playlists (authors create music playlists for their book)
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Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
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Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from the week's CD releases)
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