Sep 8, 2012

Soundtrack Saturday ~ The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee

Soundtrack Saturday is a meme hosted by Novel Reveries in which we choose a song we believe could find itself on a book's (current or past read) soundtrack or that could go along with a character.

Just finished this book last night ~ it was amazing. I've seen mixed reviews, but this reader loved it. Most people seem to dwell on the ghost story, but I don't think that's the main focus. Rinn has bipolar disorder, and she's trying to deal with the mistakes she's made in the past, the people she's hurt, while doing her best to remain sane in the midst of a monster who's determined to make her seem untreatably crazy. 

What would you do if there were voices in your head telling you to do these illogical things that unwind unbelievably painful consequences? Rinn wants to deserve her mother's devotion, her friends' attention, her boyfriend's love, and for that, she's trying to forgive herself and stop the terror that's wreaking havoc in her new home. 

The song I chose to represent Rinn is Hurt by Nine Inch Nails.

Such an emotional song. Rinn has done some terrible things ~ she was sick, so I'm not blaming her, but she can't help but blame herself. When her mom uproots her from her home in California to take her to the little rural town in Ohio where her mom grew up, Rinn thinks it'll be a fresh start. No one knows she's crazy, no one has to know. But Rinn discovers that her sickness is a part of who she is. She struggles with this desire to fit in, be loved, be normal with her guilt and memories of her past where she messed up, slept around, did drugs, and treated her mom abhorrently.

The lyrics that strike me the deepest when it come to Rinn's character are:

I will let you down
I will make you hurt
If I could start again
A million miles away
I would keep myself
I would find a way

She can't take back what she's done, but she's determined to save them and change what happens in the future. 

Happy Reading Everyone :)

~ Keely ~

1 comment:

  1. woooah, this book sounds good! I really like how the lyrics complement your characterization of Rinn and her troubles. The song is soft, with a strong message :)
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