Jukebooks: Amplified by Tara Kelly
When Jasmine decides that college isn’t part of her future, she is kicked out of her house. With little but her dream of joining a band, Jasmine sets out for Santa Cruz. It seems a perfect fit when she meets three guys looking for a roommate and a “fierce lead guitarist.” Perfect… almost.
Author Tara Kelly is a big music fan and a one-girl band. It came naturally to select songs that match the personalities of characters in Amplified. Once that was accomplished, Kelly chose a song that would demonstrate how the fictional band, C-Side, would sound.
Red Stars by The Birthday Massacre is that song. The Canadian electronic-rock group has been playing together since 1999, although the original name for the band was stolen from the title of a Clive Barker novel, Imajica. Red Stars is from their 2007 album, Walking with Strangers.
Diane Colson, still reading The Ink Bridge by Neil Grant and listening to Can’t Buy Me Love by Jonathan Gould, read by Richard Aspel