Author Dana Schwartz shares her playlist for her YA travel book AND WE’RE OFF. Plus, enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of the book!
Guest Post by Dana Schwartz
And We’re Off is about art and love and finding yourself, even when you’re thousands of miles from home. And since it’s based around a European trip, the playlist that goes along with it needed to feel European, too. And so here it is, Nora’s trip around Western Europe in song form (with a tiny bit of Taylor Swift just thrown in for good measure.)
Quelqu’un m’a dit — Carla Bruni
Ulysses — Franz Ferdinand
Nothing, Not Nearly — Laura Marling
Le Vent Nous Portera — Noir Dedsir
Mr. Blue Sky — Electric Light Orchestra
Who’d Have Known — Lily Allen
Somewhere Only We Know — Keane
Under Pressure — David Bowie, Queen
Nancy Mulligan — Ed Sheeran
Heroes — Måns Zelmerlöw
All Too Well — Taylor Swift
And We’re Off is in stores now and you can enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a copy or order it on Amazon.
Dana Schwartz is a writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Mental Floss, the Guardian, the New York Observer, MTV News, and VICE. When she’s not on Twitter as one of her parody accounts (@GuyInYourMFA and @DystopianYA), she’s on Twitter as herself (@DanaSchwartzzz), sharing far too much personal information to ever pull off the Thomas-Pynchon-reclusive-
About the book:
Seventeen-year-old Nora Holmes is an artist, a painter from the moment she could hold a brush. She inherited the skill from her grandfather, Robert, who’s always nurtured Nora’s talent and encouraged her to follow her passion. Still, Nora is shocked and elated when Robert offers her a gift: an all-expense-paid summer trip to Europe to immerse herself in the craft and to study history’s most famous artists. The only catch: Nora has to create an original piece of artwork at every stop and send it back to her grandfather. It’s a no-brainer: Nora is in!
Nora’s mother, however, is less than thrilled about the trip. Alice put herself through law school to give Nora the kind of financially stable life she never had growing up, and she worries about what the future holds for her young, idealistic daughter. Her opinions haven’t gone unnoticed, either. Nora couldn’t feel more unsupported by her mother, and in the weeks leading up to the trip, the women are as disconnected as they’ve ever been. So, seconds after saying goodbye to Nora at the airport terminal, Alice calls out: “Wait! Stop! I’m coming with you!”
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