Hey guys, instead of Imi posting today, she’s handed the reigns over to me. The publishers of Floored by this amazing group of UKYA authors have asked the six of us to unite one last time to help promote the book and plan the launch party because we all feature in it. Maybe I should introduce myself, I’m Kaitlyn, and according to the book, I’m “the fangirl”. I do have social media of my own and somewhat of a following, but I felt Imi’s blog had a better target audience, seen as she actually talks about books, plus she lives in Manchester too (where the book is set and most of us live) which is helpful!
So, I’ve been put in charge of planning the music for the launch, and we thought it would be fun if I chose songs that reminded me of our friendship, of each of the gang, especially early reactions, and things like that. Best way to read this post is by listening to the playlist while you read so click play below and I’ll talk you through it!
“I found someone to carry me home.”
- We Are Young by Fun.
So I chose this because more than anything, this reminds me of the group. We were never expecting to be thrown together the way we were and we certainly didn’t expect to see each other again after that first meeting, and yet, we did. Only once a year, sure but we found some kind of solace in each other’s presence. We became friends and this song reminds me of that.
“Got a dream, got a spark, got somewhere to be.”
- The Reckless and the Brave by All Time Low
This is Dawson’s song – unlike us, he’d been in the public eye for a long time and no matter how much negative press he got, he still kept his dream of theatre and I have a lot of respect for that. He recognises the viciousness of the world and the card he’s been dealt and yet he still has a heart of gold.
“Shoot me down, but I get up. I’m bulletproof, nothing to lose…”
- Titanium by David Guetta ft. Sia
So this one’s for me. It seems weird to choose a song for myself, but having gone through all of my experiences and come out the other side, I feel like I’ve learned a lot, gained a lot, and now I feel pretty strong. I’m very proud of myself, and confident in who I am more than I ever was. Also, the others recommended it because they told me my choice wasn’t good enough *rolls eyes*
“Mistreated, misplaced, misunderstood.”
- F*ckin’ Perfect by P!nk
Sasha’s song seems like a depressing choice, but you know what, I think it’s empowering. Sometimes we all need a reminder of how great we are and Sasha has dealt with a lot from the start, but she’s always been the glue of the group. The thing about a good super glue is that it usually dries clear and goes unnoticed, but that doesn’t make anyone less grateful for the glue or love the glue any less. Sasha is one of the best people I have ever met – kind, selfless and loving – she’s perfect.
“I’m the king of everything and oh, my tongue is a weapon
There’s a light in the crack that’s separating your thighs
And if you wanna go to heaven you, should f*ck me tonight”
- Young God by Halsey
Hugo is undoubtedly the biggest douchebag I have ever met. He has such a high opinion of himself that it could compete with the Beetham Tower and so Halsey’s Young God reminds me so much of him. There’s a suave arrogance to the character she sings about which has Hugo written all over it.
“No, I don’t need no help, I can sabotage me by myself.”
- Caught in the Middle by Paramore
I don’t think Velvet would mind me saying that she hasn’t always made the most sensible choices in life. In comparison to Hugo, the hand she was dealt could not have been more different, and I think for a time, she felt caught within her own life. I like to think that meeting us all made her realise that there was more for her out there.
“I used to be your knight in shining armor and I’d rescue you from hell…”
- Legendary by The Summer Set
Joe cares and loves more than anyone else in the group I think and he’s probably the one who has grown up the most in the years since we met. Legendary has the vibe of chasing dreams and romance that might not happen and that was a lot of how Joe was when we met him. He just wanted to be Legendary.
“To burn out forever or light up a spark.”
- Kids in the Dark by All Time Low
It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to All Time Low and yet they’ve shown up twice in this playlist. I guess they just seem to relate to a lot of our experiences growing up because that what we’ve done through the course of this book – we grew up, we learned who we were and who we wanted to be. Back at the start, we knew so little of the world, although we thought we knew more. Teenagers are pressured into making life-changing decisions at young ages, or life-changing situations are thrust upon them, but sometimes you just need to take a break, take a breath and the right things will come along. Eventually.
Check out my full review here!
The Breakfast Club meets One Day in Floored, a unique collaborative novel by seven bestselling and award-winning YA authors: Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood.
When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn’t that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn’t match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn’t as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who’s losing her sight but won’t admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn’t be here at all, but who wants to be here the most.
And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year.
Day 1: Dawson @ Overflowing Library | Day 2: Kaitlyn @ Imi Reviews Books |
Day 3: Sasha @ Rachel’s Rambling Reviews | Day 4: Hugo @ The Book Commissioner |
Day 5: Velvet @ The Little Contemporary Corner | Day 6: Joe @ Charlotte, Somewhere |
Day 7: The Narrator @ Moon Kestrel Blog