Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Radio Week: Shake it Out- Florence and the Machines

Today's Radio Week Post comes from Katie:

This song is best enjoyed with the volume turned way up on a day when it feels like you can’t catch a break. Florence understands that “it’s hard to dance with the devil on your back” and highly recommends that you shake it out. It’s also pretty good advice for the three leading ladies in these books. They are all familiar with dark moments and regrets and need to learn to count on their friends, their family, and themselves to shake it out.

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
Francesca is at a new school, a former all boys school to be precise. And if making new friends and fighting sexism isn’t enough for one girl, she also has to deal with her mother’s depression at home and her own personal demons. With her home life falling apart, Francesca finds solace and hope in the most unexpected places with the last people she expects. This is one of my absolute favorite books about overcoming the dark times and shaking it out.

Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Caitlin has spent a summer trying to come to terms with her best friend’s suicide. It’s only when she finds Ingrid’s journal under her bed that she’s able to start understanding her friend and come to terms with life after Ingrid. It is only then that she can begin to make new friends, find love, and embrace her own unique qualities and strengths. A beautiful book about finding strength in numbers when you feel alone.

(video bonus: our trailer for Hold Still)

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
And finally, a gorgeous book written in verse about overcoming the loss of a boyfriend and a brother. Brooklyn is still coping with the loss of her boyfriend when her friend Gabe is found dead of an overdose. Now Gabe is haunting Brooklyn’s dreams and it’s up to her ex-boyfriend Lucca to get his brother, Nico, to help her to rediscover the good in life. Brooklyn finds support not only from Nico, her friends, and her family, but also from within as she challenges herself to venture outside her comfort zone.

Each of these books takes familiar plot lines and reinterprets them with new voices and beautiful language. While each is unique, they each serve as a reminder that it is the people we surround ourselves with and our own engagement in life that ultimately helps us shake it out. Dancing to the radio doesn’t hurt either.

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