With OLIVIA CHRISTAKOS AND HER SECOND FIRST TIME coming out in a week (omg…a week!), I wanted to put together a little soundtrack to go with the book. I really tried to pick songs that went with the events happening in the story as well as the tone. So the soundtrack starts off with Olivia being a complete bitch and moves to how she grows–with and without her love interest. The link to the soundtrack is below, as well as an explanation of why I included each song (without spoilers).
The Griswolds: Beware the Dog
I chose this song because I think it’s about a girl who’s a bitch to this guy and he’s sick of it. This is Olivia, unfortunately. She was not a nice girl to her friend Wyatt and made some really awful life choices.
Tove Stryke: Borderline (remix)
A writer friend suggested that I listen to this song. It’s by a pop band from Norway and I love them. This song, I think, is about a girl who is all over the place, personality-wise. The line, “And I won’t get around to a change of mind as long as nobody breaks my stride” would sum up Olivia in the beginning and what her family and friends might have to do to intervene. I actually like the original better than the remix, but I think Olivia would prefer the remix. This is her soundtrack, so.
Gotye ft. Kimbra: Somebody That I Used to Know (remix)
I’m not sure I can say much about this song without a big spoiler. Let’s just say Olivia and Wyatt are having a disagreement about something that happened between them. I know, super vague.
George Ezra: Budapest (acoustic version?)
Oh, my. George Ezra. One of my new favorites. If you like this one, you should check out the rest of his album. The man is pure talent. To me, this song is about sacrificing everything for someone you love. Someone in the story does this to a possibly crazy extent.
Virginia Spiedel: Sometime Around Midnight (Airborne Toxic Event cover)
This song has such a desperation feeling to it. I think it’s about a guy who has memories of someone he can’t have. Wyatt might just feel this way. Funnily enough, I chose the female cover to this song. Hm. Curious. Very curious.
Au Revoir Simone ft. Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes: Fade Into You (Maggie Star cover)
This is such a pretty cover to one of my all-time favorite songs. I don’t think anyone really knows what this song is about but, for the story’s purpose, I think it could be about someone falling for a person who is too self-centered to notice.
Saint Raymond: Fall At Your Feet
Poor Wyatt is so tired of caring, but…he can’t give up on Olivia. That’s why this song, at this point in the story, is perfect.
Vampire Weekend: Everlasting Arms
Vampire Weekend! What an amazing band. I love nearly everything by them. The line in this song, “I was born to live without you, but I’ll never understand” shows how Wyatt might be thinking of Olivia.
Soko: First Love Never Die
The title says it all. This is such a quiet little punch-to-the-heart song. It might just tear you up inside. Proceed with caution.
EFIX & Henri Pfr ft. Florence Welch and Kid Harpoon: I’m Going Down (Vampire Weekend cover)
Yes, you caught me. I snuck another Vampire Weekend song into this mix. As well as another cover. But this one is sang by one of my favorite artists–Florence Welch. And it’s so pretty. Although, I probably would prefer the original to this one, this is such a unique version.
King Charles: Ivory Road
One of my favorite songs ever! This song, I think, is about someone believing that their life is complete with a certain other person. My favorite line is “You’re my mind’s rest.” Ah, break my heart! A line that I think really sums up Olivia’s story, though, is “I will keep on loving ’cause I believe in love.” Sometimes, all you have to go on is a belief that it will all work out.
Lykke Li ft Drake: Little Bit
Disclaimer: I am not a Drake fan. But I would imagine Olivia would be one. I have this song on my iPod, but not featuring him and I love it. But this song is about the beginning of someone falling in love.
Jasmine Thompson: Magic (Coldplay cover)
I know I have a lot of covers. Oh, well. Deal with it. Jasmine is one of my favorite cover artists and this one is done beautifully. “I just got broken, broken into two. Still I call it magic when I’m next to you.” Totally sounds like a guy who got hurt in his relationship, but can’t give up on it, right?
Vance Joy: Mess is Mine
Such a gorgeous song about a committed relationship when they’ve learned to deal with each others idiosyncrasies.
Coldplay: The Scientist
I go back and forth about what this song means, but I think it might be a breakup song. Or an apology, let’s-get-back-together song. Or even a song about a couple being broken up but figuring it out. I’m not going to tell you which of these was the reason I chose this song for Olivia. It would give too much away.
Young the Giant: My Body
I’m totally not going to tell you why I put this song here. You could guess, otherwise, you’ll have to wait to read the book!
You can preorder OLIVIA CHRISTAKOS AND HER SECOND FIRST TIME wherever you buy ebooks. It comes out June 1st! AHHHHHHH!!!