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"The Beginning of After" Book Playlist

Music played a big part in the multi-year process of writing my debut novel "The Beginning of After." It seemed as though these songs found me, helping me really feel the main character Laurel and create an authentic tone for her voice. I can't write while listening to music, but I often take walks with my iPod to help me think through a story problem or just get in the mood to work when I come home. I'd love to hear about other music that readers connect with the book!

About "The Beginning of After," available now from HarperTeen:

Sixteen-year-old Laurel's world changes instantly when her parents and brother are killed in a terrible car accident. Behind the wheel is the father of her bad-boy neighbor, David Kaufman, whose mother is also killed. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Laurel navigates a new reality in which she and her best friend grow apart, boys may or may not be approaching her out of pity, overpowering memories lurk everywhere, and Mr. Kaufman is comatose but still very much alive. Through it all there is David, who swoops in and out of Laurel's life and to whom she finds herself attracted against her better judgment. She will forever be connected to him by their mutual loss--a connection that will change them both in unexpected ways.

Jennifer Castle's debut novel is a heart-wrenching, surprisingly witty testament to how drastically life can change in the span of a single moment. For more information, visit www.jennifercastle.com or www.harperteen.com.
Music played a big part in the multi-year process of writing my debut novel "The Beginning of After." It seemed as though these songs found me, helping me really feel the main character Laurel and create an authentic tone for her voice. ...
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