Countdown to The Last Beginning: 2 days to go! – PLAYLIST TIME



So. My favourite way to procrastinate: make playlists for my books. I love how they evolve as I write/edit/change my taste in music. I love hearing a new song on the radio and going THAT’S IT! THAT’S MY BOOK!

I’ve posted an old version of this playlist before here, along with the playlists for TNT & my enovella Another Together. I cut a lot out of the frankly insane 30 song list in the old post. This is a real breakdown of the song choices too. It should be a great soundtrack while you read the book!

You can listen to the playlist on Spotify here.


  • girls like you/the naked and the famous

This is the very first song I came up with for The Last Beginning. I listened to it on repeat while I was plotting out Clove and her story, because it perfectly summarises her character.

  • love you much better/the hush sound

This is how Clove feels about her best friend Meg at the start of the book.

  • a better son daughter/rilo kiley

Clove has a lot of feelings about herself and her parents in the book, and this really captures that.


  • campus/vampire weekend

Clove spends a lot of time at St Andrews Uni campus, and fancies a girl she sees there, so….

  • why am i the one/fun. 

Clove’s minor breakdown over how much damn stuff she’s gotta deal with, in one song.


  • she’s got you high/mumm-ra

When Clove meets Ella.

  • samson/regina spektor

Clove finds out some things about Kate & Matt’s place in history.

  • get home/bastille

If you’ve read the prologue, you know that this book has a time machine in. This song is about that. AKA, the “what fresh hell is this” song.

  • brave/sara bareilles 

Get your act together, Clove.

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  • become the colour/emily wells

Clove gets her act together.

  • elenore/the turtles

I mentioned this song in my acknowledgements, because I owe it that much. Clove’s feelings for Ella. Enough said.

  • she’s electric/oasis

Again….Clove is super into Ella. Why aren’t any of the songs about girls sung by girls? It makes compiling these playlists so difficult.

  • how you get the girl/taylor swift

I’m obsessed with this song because you can totally read this as Taylor Swift singing about how she’s getting a girlfriend. Like, there’s nothing in the lyrics to disprove that?? Anyway, it’s about Clove and Ella again.

  • high hopes/the vamps

Ella’s feelings about Clove.

  • riptide/taylor swift

Another T-Swift anthem for wlw.

  • philomena/the decemberists

This song is just me being really rude, really.

Halbert knows.
  • i’m a believer/the monkees

Any song that just sound like it’s about someone complaining about all the stuff they’re going through always reminds me of Clove.

  • laughter lines/bastille

I try to avoid repeating artists in these things, but Bastille just have so many good songs about time travel, man. What is their plan for this stuff.

  • help/the beatles

Clove assembles her team of Avengers.


  • pencil full of lead/paolo nutini


  • year 3000/busted

This is an inside joke that you’ll understand when you’ve read the book. I hope.

  • shut up and dance/walk the moon

A happily-ever-after kind of song. Everyone, stop talking and just shut up and dance. Enjoy the peace (while it lasts).

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The Last Beginning will be published by Walker Books in the UK and Australia on 6th October 2016. It will be released in the US in Fall 2017 by Sky Pony Press.

Amazon UK | Book Depository | Waterstones | Foyles  | Hive 

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More extras:

A rebloggable version of this post can be found here.

Published by Lauren James

Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including Green Rising, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a RLF Royal Fellow, freelance editor and screenwriter. Lauren is the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League, and on the board of the Authors & Illustrators Sustainability Working Group through the Society of Authors. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide and been translated into six languages. The Quiet at the End of the World was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award. Her other novels include The Next Together series, the dyslexia-friendly novella series The Watchmaker and the Duke and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. She was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and many of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. She sold the rights to her first novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Den of Geek, The Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2022. She has taught creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands.

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