Perfect – Pink
This is so much how Nadia feels about Ty, like he doesn’t realize how amazing he is. Truthfully his self-esteem is pretty jacked up after his crash and burn with Diana. So this is the song Nadia would sing to him, trying to convince him that he really is wonderful.
Afraid of Everyone – The National
This song is all about Ty’s feelings of inadequacy in relation to being a single dad. He’s afraid he won’t do a good job raising Sam on his own but he fears even more risking another relationship that ends badly. He would rather be lonely than expose Sam to the pain of being left behind again. Although Sam can’t remember having a mom at all, Ty is very conscious of what he can’t give his son when he wants so badly to give him everything.
Out of Mind – Tove Lo
Classic break-up song. When Nadia realizes she can’t be with Ty—I’m trying hard to avoid spoilers—this song precisely encapsulates her reaction. She loves him so much but the timing is wrong. Some guys, you bounce back pretty easy from them, but for Nadia, Ty is impossible to forget. And she really does try. But he haunts her, and this song perfectly captures that aching, helpless yearning, wanting to move on, yet you can’t because that person was just so right.
Burn – Ellie Goulding
This represents Nadia & Ty’s relationship when things are good. They have to be very carpe diem, snatching up crumbs of happiness whenever they can. Those moments tend to be very passionate and charged, but they’re also bittersweet because they know, once one of them wants more, then it has to end. Burn is a refutation of that truth and anthem celebrating their intent to live in the moment.
About the Author:
Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.