Teenage romance novel Firebirds, 1980s music, and muscle cars of the 60s. The creative voice of AJ Ryan telling the story of Firebirds is accompanied by a soundtrack. It not only touches the nostalgia of the ’80s music by way of pop, rock, and heavy metal it also touches the country genre. The theme of classic muscle cars blaring Kiss, Motley Crue, Poison, and Deaf Leopard through the car stereo brings the novel to life! Kiss drives the heat between the two teens as their favorite band. Her story and career follow the Top Gun soundtrack. She discovers flight and peruses a career, not only on the ground flying Firebirds but in the air aboard the mighty wings of silver dove planes.
- The author skillfully tells the story while referencing some song playing in the background on the radio, the television, or through the speakers of one of the many classic muscle cars that appear throughout this book. As you are listening and reading, I swear you can almost hear the sound of the 8-track tape player switching between songs as described in Chapter 5 “I Recall My First Car Love”, listening to the Eagles and The Cars.
- She uses the music to set the mood, set the stage, and help tell the story of what was happening at the time. Growing up in the 1980s, listening to Madonna’s Express Yourself and songs like it, was Madonna’s call to women everywhere to know what it is they wanted and ask for it. George Michael’s I Want Your Sex brings that topic center stage. And the magic of Prince, I Want to be Your Lover, Let’s go Crazy, and 1999, with others, helped to empower the young women in the story to explore that part of life.
Teenage Romance should be tender, yet flaming hot and hopefully draws two true loves to each other, never to be parted. This tragic story is about how bullying shattered that tender romance for one young couple. They later reach to understanding of the lie that drove them apart nearly 30 years earlier. What would they do now? Both married to other people.
The story starts out with that tragic high school senior year and continues on throughout her life, spanning several decades with other tragedies, and returns to the past to unravel the lie. She ultimately triumphs and dreams come true despite all setbacks. A new relationship kindled in an unexpected way. All of this unfolded with the backdrop of the best music of the time.
Each decade a section of time showcases different types of music as she went through different types of life experiences and relationships. Michael Bolton, Mariah Carey, and Boys to Men, for example, we remember from the 90s. Along with some wonderful 1990s young country with greats like Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Travis Tritt, Sawyer Brown, Clint Black, and of course veterans like the Judds, George Strait, and Dwight Yoakam who were there throughout the 80s and beyond.
She invites you to download the Napster playlist here https://app-legacy.napster.com/playlists/playlist/mp.268398124 to run in the background while you read through the book. It sets the mood and tone and is amazingly intertwined throughout.
We want to say a very special thank you to Sami Chohfi and Blue Helix for their contribution to the book soundtrack. Their song Anti-social Butterfly can be heard throughout the playlist and in the book trailer.
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