Monday, April 04, 2011


Here is the Clarity playlist! I've included which chapter or scene goes well with the song, and in most cases I've explained why. In some, I can't due to spoilers. But you'll know when you read it. :)

Song: Super Freak by Rick James
Listen During: The beginning of Chapter 2
Thoughts: This one is pretty obvious!

Song: Daughters of the Kaos by Luscious Jackson
Listen During: Chapter 2
Thoughts: I’ve always loved this song. And this is the chapter where we get to know Clare. She’s snarky, quirky, and has badass tendencies and this song fits her perfectly.

Song: Army of Me by Bjork
Listen During: Chapter 3
Thoughts: I thought of this song during the Clare and Tiffany confrontation. It reflects Clare’s frustration, anger, and kick-assery (made up word alert!).

Song: Cannonball by Damien Rice
Listen During: Chapter 5
Thoughts: I think this song is a good representation of Clare’s conflicted feelings about someone in this chapter. Old memories, old feelings.

Song: The Sea by Morcheeba
Listen During: The end of Chapter 6
Thoughts: This is the perfect song for sitting on the beach at night. Where Clare is at this point!

Song: How Soon is Now? by The Smiths
Listen During: The end of Chapter 7
Thoughts: I’ve always thought of this song as the outcast’s anthem (and loved it in high school when I wasn't exactly Miss Popularity myself). I think this is the perfect song for the end of Chapter 7 and Clare's thoughts there.

Song: We Used to Be Friends by The Dandy Warhols
Listen During: The reading in Chapter 9
Thoughts: I’m including this song partly because of the friendship that is examined in this chapter and also as a hat tip to Veronica Mars. ;)

Song: Under Your Skin by Luscious Jackson
Listen During: Chapter 10
Thoughts: Fireworks (of all kinds) in this chapter! This is a good song for two people who find that sparks and feelings are growing the more time they spend together.

Song: Closer by Kings of Leon
Listen During: Chapter 11
Thoughts: This is a wonderfully spooky song, and I think it fits a creepy scene here.

Song: Where Is My Mind? by The Pixies
Listen During: Chapter 19
Thoughts: I’ve always thought this song was a bit sexy, and it’s also ocean-themed, which makes it perfect if there happens to be a beach kiss in this chapter. ;)

Song: The Killing Moon by Echo & The Bunnymen
Listen During: Chapter 20
Thoughts: This creepy song goes well with Clare’s vision here.

Song: Narc by Interpol
Listen During: Chapter 23
Thoughts: This is one of the best songs by one of my favorite bands of all time, so I just had to find a place for it on the playlist. I think it fits well in this scene.

Song: Running Up That Hill by Placebo
Listen During: Chapter 25
Thoughts: The perfect song for this climactic chapter. It’s creepy, with the pulsing heartbeat-like sound in the background that mimics the increasing dread of the scene.

Song: Life is Beautiful by Vega4
Listen During: The last page
Thoughts: I wanted to end with an uplifting song for the final page's reflections.

Note: This contest has ended. Thanks!
Now...a contest! Because this playlist might inspire you to buy some new songs, I'm giving away a $10 iTunes gift card, plus signed bookmarks from myself and several other 2011 debut authors!

All you have to do to enter is comment below (or on my Facebook page) with which one of these songs is your favorite or the name of another song you think fits Clarity.

There will be one winner, chosen by I'm going to make this international. The last day to post a comment is Sunday, 4/17. I'll announce the winner on the blog on Monday, 4/18.

Please pass the word on via Twitter, Facebook, blogs, etc. Thank you!


  1. I love that song Closer by Kings of Leon, and I think it does fit that scene very well. I just wanted to say I really enjoyed your book and can't wait to read #2. XO - Parajunkee

  2. Hi KIM!!! I'm going with Closer too! Oh and thw fireworks in chaptert 10? Oh yeah, BB :-)

  3. I don't recognize most of these songs, so I am going to have to go check them out! I do know Closer by Kings of Leon though! Thanks for the chance to win. seescootread[at]gmail[dot]com

  4. I'm going to go with Army of Me by Bjork, but I also like Running Up That Hill by Placebo! :)


  5. Wow! I didn't recognize any of these songs beyond Kings of Leon and even then I don't KNOW that song.

    So, I went on youtube to check some of these people out and I totally fell in love with DAMIEN RICE.

    I mean, wow. I haven't had a chance to read Clarity, I went to go buy it and my bookstore didn't have it... but whenever I am able to find a copy I really want to see how this songs related to chapter 5. It's a pretty conflicted song but so pretty.

    Thanks for a chance to win!

    areadersrecord (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. Running Up That Hill by Placebo i love that song and i see how it relates to the book

  7. Oh I definitely love Closer by Kings of Leon.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  8. I find it awesome how so many authors use the same types of music/artists on their playlists (like Damien Rice, Interpol). Life Is Beautiful by Vega4 is a great song. I think I found a new favourite :)

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  9. I'm going to go with We used to be friends...great song! And I love Veronica Mars
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I love Running Up That Hill, which fits great. But I also love We Used
    To Be Friends because I adore Veronica Mars!


  11. I would say a great addition would be Third Eye by Tool. You know, since her inner eye is already open. :) Not really sure where it would fit though.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  12. I love Running Up that Hill, though I do like The Killing Moon, too. You picked some great songs! Thanks for the giveaway.

    Erin L.
    erinberry12 at charter dot net

  13. I think Super Freak by Rick James and How Soon is Now by the Smiths are a tie for me. :D

  14. Yep, I'm jumping on the 'Closer' wagon. I love Kings of Leon! Thanks so much for this contest :)

  15. Oh, "We Used to be Friends" for sure. I honestly just set the chorus of that song as my ring tone yesterday. :)

  16. I love "Closer" by Kings of Leon, and it does have an insanely eerie feel to it, therefore, I would choose it to be the best. But I must interject that I absolutely, adore (read: worship) Interpol as well! Amazing band :D

    P.S - I love the word "ass-kickery" because it so reminds me of own favorite (and made-up) word "douche-baggery" hahahaha :P

    Thank you SO much for this amazing opportunity to win! :)

    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com
    Twitter: @inluvwithbookz

  17. I love that you found a place for NARC <3 I absolutely love that song. It's one of my FAVs by them and I think it goes unseen a lot! <333 love this list!

    Can't wait for book 2 =D

    Thank you :)

  18. Love The Killing Moon but I'll have to check out those Luscious Jackson songs as well -- I really liked them back in the day.

  19. I loved the Smiths, so I'm going with How Soon Is Now. : )

    Congratulations on Clarity - I really enjoyed it!

    gaby317nyc at

  20. We Used to be friends!!!

  21. I don't want to be entered into the giveaway, but I wanted to say I love the songs.

    The ones I know fit really well and you included We Used To Be Friends! That brings back so many fond Veronica Mars memories :)

  22. Obviously the best is Narc! Interpol is also one of my favorite bands as I mentioned to you on twitter once. ;) I just took a look at the chapter for a refresher and, yes, it is definitely a perfect place for it!

    Great playlist, Kim!

  23. I haven't read the book yet so can't comment on a song I think would fit, but I LOVE the specificity of your playlist by section! Superfreak by Rick James makes me get up and dance everytime I hear it. I just put CLARITY on my TBR list!

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  25. I love love love Running up that Hill. Such a beautiful and powerful song and any chapter/book/character that relates to is has to be awesome.
    Clarity is on my TBR list!!

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  27. I just finished the book last night and thought it was awesome! And I have to go with Super Freak- a classic!

  28. You have an eclectic and awesome collection there. The Killing Moon is one of my favorite songs.

  29. as much a I LOVE Damien Rice I have to say Closer by Kings of Leon is my favorite!

  30. Super Freak by Rick James that chapter made me laugh :)

  31. I haven't had the chance to read your novel, but after reviewing the cover and synopsis, a song popped into my head; Who You Are by Jessie J. (:
    Thanks very much for this giveaway !