Lying is unbearable, betrayal is inevitable, and choosing which path to take is impossible.
Olga Gay Worontzoff ended her senior year as an eighteen-year-old girl totally in love with Nate, enjoying their new romance and about to attend the university of her dreams. Now she’s spending her summer in the weird subculture of the Underworld, with charmingly witty and powerful angels, and problematic demons, trying to rescue Connor, the best friend and secret crush she was unable to save during a freak accident.
But Nate has other things on his mind, mainly Grace. She’s their first assignment as joint spirit guides, and Olga’s feeling hurt and jealous. His mysterious behavior has Olga questioning everything she believed about him and now she must decide whether to stick to their plan, or follow her heart.
Unfortunately, a series of mistakes threatens everyone around her and plants Olga in the center of cosmic events much larger than she ever imagined.
Only one thing is certain: the chilling truths uncovered during her journey will leave no one untouched.
WELCOME BACK Jamie!!
We have a treat, today! Jamie is a good friend of mine who has just released, in all its glory and juicy goodness, the sequel to her debut novel. ’18 Things,’ which you should read if you haven’t. Now, because she’s fun and awesome, Jamie has sent us a treat! For all you combination bibliophiles and musicos out there, take a look at the ACTUAL PLAYLIST for ’18 Truths.’ So…here’s Jamie!
Thanks for hosting me, Teshelle!
Here are some of my favorite angst-ridden songs from 18 Truth’s playlist:
- Say Something – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera – This song so perfectly captures Olga and Nate’s relationship in this sequel—the whole melancholy yet hopeful truth of the song. The first time I heard it, I immediately thought of Olga and Nate and cried like a baby in my car.
(One of my new go to songs write now. Except…I kinda like the version without Christina, cuz she kind of steps on my toes. I want to sing that hamrony, Chrissy, so back it up!)
- Let Her Go – Passenger – This song reminds me so much of Conner at times. He takes things for granted and never knows what he wants until it’s gone, so I always feel a little bad for him.
(Love, love, love…except I gotta use my English accent to sing along)
- All Apologies – Nirvana – I can’t think of any other song that says so much with so little. It’s sad, and it’s exactly the way Grace feels in this story—all alone (and I’m sure how many others feel in life everyday).
- Demons – Imagine Dragons – This song is the anthem for 18 Truths. I love it for Olga because it perfectly captures some of her darkest hours in the entire book. Sometimes bad things happen that are out of our control, but how we handle things is not out of our control, and Olga decides keeping secrets to protect those she loves is the best way to control things. Of course, this backfires on her in a big way!
- Who I Am – Jason Gray – This song has such a great message. There’s that futility and self-loathing vibe, that our efforts are frustrated, that no matter what we do, we feel it’s never enough—that perhaps we are never enough, and then underneath all of that is the story of an awakening or desire to change. This song applies to all my characters.
- Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day – This is Olga’s emotional hangover song. At one point in the story, Olga accepts her “life” the way it is, but she dreams of someone finding her and saving her from her boulevard of broken dreams, but she thinks everyone is finished with her and patiently awaits her fate.
- How to Save a Life – The Fray – This is another great dysfunctional relationship song. At this point, Olga’s already lost one friend, and now she’s about to lose another, but she’s trying to stay calm and get through it.
(Seriously, when I was in high school and this song came out [yeah, I’m old, huh…] I played it on repeat. Over and over and over).
- Iris – The Goo Goo Dolls –It’s so raw and lovely at the same time and fits perfectly with this novel. It’s about Olga not showing her true self because she’s too afraid, that’s the ‘moment of truth in the lies’. Nothing feels real because she’s hiding. This song also has a special place in my heart because it’s my wedding song!
(Who can STOP singing along to this at the top of their voices? No one. Because it’s that epic/angsty anthem everyone needs).
- Something Beautiful – NEEDTOBREATHE – If I had to pick a single song to listen to while writing the entire 18 Things series, this song would be it. It’s beautiful, sad, hopeful, desperate, and just all around awesomesauce. Nothing captures the deep longing of Olga, Nate, and Conner than the line: “Hey now, this is my desire, Consume me like a fire, ’cause I just want something beautiful.”
(Also a goodie. I like when the man choir comes in on the bridge!)
This is only half the playlist; you can go here to listen to the whole thing! Thanks for having me over today, Teshelle. I know you wrote an original song for your book, Core . . . maybe you can come up with an original song for my third book? *bribes with offers of free coffee and chocolate and baby-sitting*
(Well, Jamie, you’re going to have to bribe my husband, actually, because he’s the mastermind composer. You’ll have to offer pizza and milkshakes instead!)
Jamie Ayres writes young adult love stories by night and teaches young adults as a middle school teacher by day. She lives in southwest Florida with her husband and two daughters. Her books include 18 Things and 18 Truths. Visit her online via Twitter, Facebook, or at www.jamieayres.com.