BOOKtunes #001: Aspen by Rebekah Crane
What’s up people?! Welcome to my first entry of Booktunes! Booktunes is a *new* feature here in Her Book Thoughts where I will choose a book to review and make a playlist about it. It can be a playlist about the whole book, a particular character or both. I am NOT a music expert. I just happen to love books and music at the same time and I thought of something where I can share my love for them with you. I hope you enjoy them and will be coming back for more! 🙂 Enjoy the music and check out the book!
CURRENT BOOKTRACK: Aspen by Rebekah Crane
[it’s on Autplay, SORRY!]
PUBLICATION:Published June 5th 2014 by In This Together Media
GENRE: YA > Contemporary | Romance | Paranormal
PAGES: 236pages (Paperback)
SOURCE: e-arc via publisher (Netgalley)
RATING: 4 ★★★★
Buy the Book here:
AMAZON | B&N
BLURB FROM GOODREADS:
One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.
In the next instant, her life changed forever.
Aspen doesn’t want to remember the car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard– because Katelyn may have died — but she didn’t leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it’s kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn’s former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels.
Popularity, Homecoming Court, hot guys – none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She’s been busy trying to keep her stoner mother Ninny in line and out of unemployment. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics and her therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can’t control … and doesn’t want to.
A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, Aspen is about the best-worst accident of your life … and what comes next.
Aspen surprised me… I know it’s my fault because I don’t read blurbs, but what I really expected from this book is nothing but rainbows and unicorns and sunshine. In short, I thought it was a fluffy read. Don’t get me wrong, the book wasn’t depressing or very sad. Nothing like that. Though, I did get teary eyed at some point. Let’s just say that ASPEN is a lightly dark read. I know, that’s so weird. How can a book be lightly dark?! Well, let’s put it this way.. Aspen is deep. Poignant. And absolutely unforgettable.
It’s a story about Aspen, she’s a tree.
No, I’m just kidding.
Aspen is wonderful, smart and a riot! I love this girl to bits. She’s so.. transparent. What you see is what you get. She got involved in a car accident and obviously, she’s the survivor. The girl who died in the other car is one of the most popular girl in their school, Katelyn. And now, she’s appearing to Aspen every now and then as a ghost. And why is that? Well, only Aspen knows. And of course, Katelyn.
You won’t believe how I loved the relationships here in this book. Between Nini (Aspen’s mother) and Aspen, between Aspen and her bestfriends, between Aspen and Ben, basically between Aspen and everyone! It’s so dynamic. Crane’s characters are realistic. Freakin’ authentic. Genuine. Through out the book, I felt like Aspen was just with me. Sharing me this story amd I’m just right beside her, listening intently. She’s a magnificent narrator.
Rebekah Crane’s writing is humorous. Sharp. And highly entertaining! Think Rainbow Rowell. It’s quirky and full of heart. Putting down the book is not an option. Aspen’s plot is well thought. It’s funny with a slight touch of drama and it’s profound. You don’t have a choice but be attached to her characters and be emotionally involved to Aspen’s story. I don’t know what to say anymore except READ IT. I know we all have a lot in our plates right now but if you want to unwind.. laugh and read something light with depth, Aspen is for you!
This isn’t the official playlist of Aspen. Just fan made. The track list is a little short because… I’m too lazy! But don’t you worry, the next Booktrack I have for all of you has a longer tracklist (and it’ll be full of FEELS~)
- American Authors – Best Day Of My Life
– Basically my Aspen song. I just like how Aspen is so laid back and treat everyday like it’s the best day. Even if most of them are crappy days.
- The Moldy Peaches – Anyone But You
– My Ben&Aspen song. YOU CANNOT EXPECT ME TO MAKE A PLAYLIST AND JUST IGNORE MY OTP. Ben and Aspen’s relationship is so complicated. But throughout the book, they just realized that there’s no on else out there for them but each other. I honestly think that they already know that just from the start.
- Cat Power – Sea Of Love
– This is how weird I am: I get a little emotional over Ninny and Aspen’s mother-daughter relationship. It’s not perfect and totally not advisable, well, Ninny’s a crackheah… but her love for her daughter is genuine. And together, they’re so so funny. It’s nice to have a mother that can also be your bestfriend.
- Bruno Mars – Count On Me
– *sniff* A little bit spoiler-ish. I’m happy that Aspen has bestfriends that are secretly inlove with each other but they’re to stupid to admit to each other their feelings because they are idiots. Awwww, right?
- Keane – Somewhere Only We Know
– I don’t kow how to explain this one. I just have a feeling that it fits on how the book ended.
I’m still not sure if this is gonna be a monthly or weekly thing. It depends on my… motivation. I’m just so weird someti- most of the times. There’ll be days when I’ll work so hard, I feel like the terminator got nothin’ on me because of my robotic stamina. But there’s those when I’ll decide to take a nap for like 9 years..
Anyway, I loved Aspen.. so I hope you’ll give it time and space on your TBR! And I hope you loved the songs I selected. If you have any artist you want me to check out, just leave it in the comments! I listen to everyone. Well, maybe except Bieber (that phase is so done!)