Read a book today: TikTok reminded me of a book that broke my heart

(Nora Miller | Daily Trojan Horse)

I was talking with my cousin from Boba the other day when she started telling me about a trend that has taken over TikTok. I avoid the app like the plague, so this is a more common occurrence than I would like to admit. I just know the second the app pops up on my home screen, I’d be hooked. (However, I’m tempted by “BookTok” every day, but we’ll talk about that later.)

Nonetheless, that day she told me about the “Berries and Cream” trend. It features a song from a 2007 Starburst commercial that found its way to TikTok and has bowl cups similar to the commercial dancing and donning.

My cousin showed me remixes with snakes singing the song and I said she must be proud! My knowledge of TikTok also included “Fancy Like” by Walker Hayes. But, the second she showed me that first “Berries and Cream” remix video, I knew I had to write songs in books.

I’ve often felt that sharing your Spotify (or Apple Music, who am I to judge?) And your musical tastes with someone is a sign that you really care. It could be a longtime friend that you share it with – I recently made a friend’s playlist and titled it ‘you’re probably gonna hate this’ – a significant other, or maybe be someone else in your life. So, presumably, it makes sense that an author who adds songs to a book would give his heart with his words.

I love Morgan Matson, and not just because once upon a time, she went to USC and worked at Vroman while she was at Occidental. (If you’ve never been to the oldest independent bookstore in Southern California, what’s your excuse?) But it’s also because her books are wonderful and have long held a place in my heart as infallible comfort books.

One book that I particularly like is “Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour”. I have an old copy where I have scratched the bottom corner of each page that has a reading list, which includes gems like Sufjan Stevens’ Come on! Feel the Illinoise! ​​”,” Nightswimming “by REM,” Just Like Heaven “by The Cure and many more.

The story follows the titular Amy after her father dies in a car accident and her mother wants to start a new life. That means driving the family vehicle across the country to Connecticut from California. This is where the friend of the Roger family enters and a detour across the country begins.

I feel like there is a special magic to a road trip story and maybe it comes from my own prejudices and deep familiarity with Highway 5 heading north. Of course, at the very least, “Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour” taught me the Kansas state motto “Ad Astra Per Aspera” or “through trials to the stars.”

I might be bending the rules on my own prompt, but it naturally occurred to me. One of the biggest parts of how the online world adds to a connection across borders and state lines is that authors can connect with readers.

Alexandra Bracken took advantage of this with a menu on her author website displaying “book reading lists.” She has one for each of her books, including her hit series “The Darkest Minds”. This is one of those cases where, yeah, I know I loved the book, but maybe the songs made me fall in love a little more.

“The Darkest Minds” follows a mysterious disease that kills American children and adolescents. For those who survive, many are sent to “rehab” camps for unexplained abilities that terrify their parents. One child in particular – Ruby – ends up escaping one of the more notorious camps and is left with a motley team of children of similar abilities. This book contains one of the best little monologues that totally tore my heart at the age of 16. Please consider my official endorsement: It broke my heart. Read it.

Of course, all of this music and all of these books don’t even take into consideration that I’m still obsessed with the soundtrack to “Me Before You” and “Catching Fire”. But, frankly, books are often paired with music on the aforementioned “clock app”. “BookTok” has changed the landscape of how books are sold today even more than the now past “BookTube”.

Books such as “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart in 2014 landed on the New York Times bestseller list because of TikTok, although the novel was released more than five years ago. It also means that I want to tell everyone about the evolution of book selling over the past couple of years.

Frankly, the evolution of the literary market (and the fact that it is not enough for me to know too much because of this app to download it. But it ensures that through music books find new audiences every day. – just as hearing artists are.

Right now, there is no better time than to take a look at “BookTok” and maybe find a new story in the thread. If you need me, I’ll learn the “Berries and Cream” dance and create playlists for my favorite books.

Rachel Bernstein is a senior writer on books relating to the arts and entertainment news of the week. His column “Read a book today” is broadcast every other Friday.

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