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From Joni Mitchell to Leann Rimes to Te Vaka, I listened to all of it while I wrote this book. Songs that fit the story, songs I thought Sawyer and Reena might like, songs that just plain gave me a lot of Big Feelings. Here are a few that are still in heavy rotation:
1. “Down in the Valley” by the Head and the Heart
Live music plays such an important role in How to Love, and the Head and the Heart puts on maybe the best live show I’ve ever seen. This track in particular is such a Sawyer song to me.
2. “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” by Bob Dylan, performed by Miley Cyrus
This is a Bob Dylan song, but I have to say that Miley’s version is my very fave. “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome” is a song about knowing you’re going to get left behind and not being able to do a single thing to stop it.
3. “So Far Around the Bend” by the National
I mean, if “I know you’re a serious lady” isn’t a perfect description of Reena, I don’t know what is.
4. “I Dream of Chicago” by Parlours
This one’s a traveling song, and a beautiful one.
5. “Reunion” by Indigo Girls
“Reunion” always makes me think of Reena’s relationship with her family—both the Monteros and the LeGrandes—especially the lines “I have no need for anger with intimate strangers/I have nothing to hide.”
6. “Poison and Wine” by the Civil Wars
This one’s about a good/bad love affair, and it aches.
7. “Bring It on Home to Me” by Sam Cooke, performed by Tony Lucca
This song is actually mentioned by name in the book. It’s a Sam Cooke song, but the Tony Lucca cover is the sexiest. It’s just science.
8. “All This and Heaven Too” by Florence and the Machine
In my head, “All This and Heaven Too” is Reena’s theme song. To me, at least, it’s about a smart girl trying to figure out, you know—how to love.
My thoughts: Okay, I found this book to be very well written and easily understandable.
As much as I loved the story, Reena, and how character driven it was… I didn’t like Sawyer, Reena’s love interest.
Sawyer's struggles and his character flaws made the story interesting and much more realistic, in my opinion.
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I truly enjoyed this well-written book. The main character of this book was truly likeable and the storyline kept my interest. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Stereotypical and Dissappointing. Reinforces bad relationship stereotypes.Published 1 month ago by C. Palermo II
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This was amazing from the beginning of the book. I think you should read this book if you like romance!Published 1 month ago by Grace Hennes
This is not what I expected it to be. It was certainly compelling that I couldn't stop reading, but I'm not sure I really like Sawyer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer