The Rules Blog Tour

Today we're honored to have YA author Stacey Kade posting about her playlist for her new book, The Rules.  Welcome to I'd So Rather Be Reading, Stacey!
Behind the Music for Project Paper Doll: The Rules

As you may have heard me say before, I love making playlists! There's nothing like the shiver of delight I get when I hear a song that has a phrase or just a sound that perfectly matches a scene I'm working on or an emotion I'm trying to convey.
Below are more songs from my playlist for writing The Rules. As with my previous list, some of them spoke to me because of the lyrics; others were added because of the general idea or emotion they evoked.
Often they make me think of a specific chapter or scene in the book. So, I'm going to try to share that with you, spoiler free! If you haven't read The Rules yet, you'll probably be a little like, "Huh?" But then when you read it, it'll all make sense! :D

Truth or Dare by Marianas Trench"1, 2, 3, do you see what I do
Truth or dare, yes I double dare you
You, you, me, now I think you got it
One last breath and just spin the bottle now

You know you don’t need to be so worried
Even though below I'm still thinking 'bout it

1, 2, 3, and I double dare me as well
Truth, dare

(dirty little secret, dirty little secret)
This will be our little
(dirty little secret, dirty little secret)"

Chapter: Chapter 10
Explanation: Ariane and Zane come to an agreement. :)

*Hologram by Katie Herzig
"I'm in a love affair without a love song
I'm in the habit of having what I don't want
I'm just a hologram
You can see but don't touch me, baby."

Chapter: Chapters 12 and 13
Explanation: Ariane has to navigate the very narrow space between the Rules she's followed her life and the plan she's now involved in.
*Was not originally on my playlist, but once I heard it, I had to add it!

Take Me Out by Atomic Tom
"If I was bold enough, I would follow you forever. But darling please, rescue me, take me out."


"I don't want to live half my life and disappear
So if you want to chances, take a chance on me.
And take me out."

Chapter: Chapter 15
Explanation: I love, love, love the lyrics for this song. I think the hardest part for Ariane is wanting something she knows she can't have, something she knows she shouldn't want at all.

What I've Done by Marie Digby
Chapter: Chapters 24 and 25
Explanation: I love the idea of these tense action scenes being accompanied by this slow, almost mournful version of Linkin Park's song.
About the author:
As a former award-winning corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and their two retired racing greyhounds, Tall Walker (Walker) and SheWearsThePants (Pansy). More information about The Rules and Stacey can be found online at She is also on Twitter @StaceyKade and on Facebook.


  1. MARIANAS TRENCH! I didn't think I could possibly be more excited about this book, but I am now!!!


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