Clarisse David

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I write YA romance and love romance novels, Netflix TV shows and BTS. Read more.

Hi! I'm Clarisse David.

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Playlist | Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David

Ever wanted to listen to a playlist while reading a book?

Like Keeping the Distance, for instance? (Hey, that rhymes!)

Okay, enough with the cheesy attempts to reel you in. Haha. Today, I'm going to share the playlist I listened to while working on Keeping the Distance. Over and over. The playlist is honestly a little weird with its mix of pop, country, and indie. (Wait, is Lauv considered indie? I'm sorry. My lack of music knowledge is showing.)

Time to press play.


1. "Ugly Heart" by G.R.L.

This is basically the soundtrack to every scene where Lance acts like a huge asshole in the beginning of the book.

2. "One Night" by Matthew Koma

I can't remember a specific scene I wrote while listening to this song, but it reminds me of Lance. A lot. In ways that aren't positive. Do with that knowledge what you will.

3. "Reforget" by Lauv

When they both try to move on.

4. "Secret Love Song" by Little Mix

This is basically Lance and Melissa's theme song when they try to hide their relationship from her father, from everyone.

While I was writing Keeping the Distance, this song was EVERYWHERE. I honestly got a little sick of it, but I couldn't stop listening to it because it was so perfect. Writers are weird, I know.

5. "Perfect" by One Direction

This is just a very Lance-ish song.

And, yes, I'm still sad that One Direction is no more.

6. "Love Me Like You Mean It" by Kelsea Ballerini

This, I imagine, is Melissa's song for Lance before they actually get together, during that wonderful stage where she's having second thoughts about him. It's kind of perfect.

7. "Dibs" by Kelsea Ballerini

When you fall for that gorgeous, popular boy everyone else seems to want, what do you do? You call dibs. Haha. Sometimes, I lamely attempt to make jokes.

8. "For a Boy" by RaeLynn

If you've read Keeping the Distance, remember that scene where Mel records a ukulele cover for Lance and ends up playing it for him as her grand gesture? In my head, this is the song she played.

It's perfect for the two of them, because the song talks about all the things this boy does for the girl. She wants to do things for him too--little things, big things, doesn't matter--but she's afraid or maybe a little hesitant. At the end of the song, I think she breaks through her fear or hesitation or whatever is stopping her and goes for it. Kind of like Mel.

Bonus Playlist

If you wanted to listen to another playlist, the wonderful Sue made a playlist for Keeping the Distance right here. She has wonderful taste in music, and even if you have no intention of reading the book, I still highly recommending listening to it. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!


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