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In a movie, everything is completed for you and handed to you – music, details of the setting, what the characters look like, how their voices sound. But books let the reader finish the story, fill in the details based on their own experiences and tastes. So, when my friends over at Atheneum/Simon & Schuster asked me if I’d like to put together a soundtrack for Learning Not to Drown, I politely declined. I don’t want to tell anyone what kind of music Clare and her friends might be listening to because part of the magic is that the readers can fill their soundtrack.
However, when I told my husband Mike about the idea, he got excited. “I want to do that. It’d be fun to put together a playlist of what I think Clare would listen to.”
So….if you are wondering what songs were bouncing around in Mike Shinoda’s head when he read Learning Not To Drown, here is his playlist: