To celebrate the release of Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman, I have the honour of having her on my blog with an exclusive guest post just for you readers! For those of you who are unaware, Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined was released earlier this month on the 6th of April in the UK! And here is the Goodreads summary:
Ingrid has made a deal with her mother: she gets to go to the school of her choice as long as she completes a three-week wilderness programme. But when Ingrid arrives, she quickly realizes there has been a terrible mistake: there will be no marshmallows or cabins here. Instead, her group will embark on a torturous trek, with almost no guidance from the two counsellors and supplied with only the things they can carry. On top of this, the other teen participants are “at risk youth”, a motley crew of screw-ups, lunatics and delinquents. But as the laborious days go by, and as memories of her complicated past come flooding back, Ingrid must confront the question of whether she shares more in common with these troubled teens than she’s willing to admit.
Without further ado, here is the wonderful guest post by Danielle:
Thanks for having me on the blog, Enchanted Bookcase! You asked me to give you a list of songs that remind me of the characters in my novel, EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IS NOT RUINED. This is a harder task than you might think—there’s a lot of great music out there and so my thoughts re songs for characters shifts and changes. But for now, here is my list…
Ingrid: Alaska by Maggie Rogers. I just discovered this song, and it is perfect, PERFECT for Ingrid and her story. I love it madly. Go listen, and they buy this girl’s music so she can keep making more.
Margot Sophia: Dido’s Lament from Henry Purcell’s opera, Dido & Aeneas. This is a beautiful aria, and one I first heard in high school. It’s also one of the few operas that are in English, which I find refreshing and which makes it a little more accessible, especially for English speakers who are just getting introduced to opera. Also, Margot-Sophia would have sung it beautifully.
Andreas: something by Leonard Cohen…maybe Dance Me to the End of Love or Closing Time
Isaac: Demons by Imagine Dragons
Jin: I imagine her really digging Bitch Better Have My Money by Rihanna, because Jin is such a tough girl. I think she’d also (secretly) like Cranes in the Sky by Solange.
Ally: Brave by Sarah Bareilles—I like this for Ally, because it would be a good anthem for her.
Seth: Same Love by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Tavik: I feel like he’d like Eminem, so let’s go with Eminem, Not Afraid. For Ingrid thinking about Tavik, though, I would go with Hideaway by Kiesza, because although Tavik gets Ingrid talking about herself, he is also a kind of sanctuary for her.
I hope you all enjoyed reading this as much as I did! I love seeing what authors think about their characters, and music is such an unexpectedly intimate thing. I feel like someone’s favourite song says a lot about someone’s personality or even just how they’re feeling in the moment so I’m really glad Danielle took the time to do this for us readers! Just from the song choice, I can tell I’m going to love Jin.
Danielle Younge-Ullman (danielleyoungeullman.com) is the author of the YA novels, EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IS NOT RUINED, and LOLA CARLYLE’S 12 STEP ROMANCE, and of the adult novel, FALLING UNDER. Danielle studied English and Theater at McGill University in Montreal, then worked as professional actor for ten years. This was character-building time during which she held a wild variety of acting and non-acting jobs—everything from working on the stage and in independent films, to dubbing English voices for Japanese TV, to temping, to teaching Pilates. She now lives with her husband and two daughters in in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter @DanielleYUllman!