I have been collecting YA playlists for a while now and I had a nostalgic moment earlier when I replayed Patrick Ness’s The Rest of Us Just Live Here soundtrack after reading about his upcoming book, Release.  I absolutely adored The Rest of Us Just Live Here when I featured it on the blog a few years back in a First Reads Friday installment.  I am so ready for Release, so am celebrating it by telling you a little more about it as well as sharing the Epic Reads playlist after the jump.






Inspired by Judy Blume’s Forever and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, this novel by award-winning author Patrick Ness is a new classic about teenage relationships, self-acceptance—and what happens when the walls we build start coming down.

Adam Thorn doesn’t know it yet, but today will change his life.

Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam’s life is falling apart.  At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn’t he?) and his best friend, Angela.

But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam’s life into chaos. The bindings of his world are coming untied one by one; yet in spite of everything he has to let go, he may also find freedom in the release.

From the New York Times-bestselling author of A Monster Calls comes a raw, darkly funny, and deeply affecting story about the courage it takes to live your truth.

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Hardcover // 288 pages // Publication: September 19th 2017 // HarperTeen



A poignant and sometimes painful soundtrack that reflects this book so perfectly.


Don’t miss our past posts, including sountracks to The Reader by Traci Chee and The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson. What are you listening to this #MusicMonday?