This playlist was originally posted on Stacked on December 26, 2012.
A novel set in the summertime with parties and dance lessons and a wedding, 45 Pounds (more or less) has a playlist. These songs either play a part in the novel itself or might play in the background.
Listen along here: 45 Pounds (more or less)
Ann’s aunt Jackie wants all the women she loves to dance together at her wedding, so she forces everyone to take dance lessons. The main dance they want to learn is:
“Thriller” by Michael Jackson
Ann is less than thrilled.
The Knees’ annual Fourth of July bash is a major event, and anyone who’s anyone is there. Ann’s never been invited before, but this year is different. These two songs kick off the festivities:
“Get the Party Started” by Pink
“Let’s Get It Started” by The Black Eyed Peas
Aunt Jackie and Chris have their first dance at the wedding to:
“Marry Me” by Train
These songs bring everyone to the dance floor, dancing like nobody’s watching, or taking pictures:
“We Are Family” by Sister Sledge
“Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid
45 Pounds is not just about Ann’s weight loss and fitting into the perfect dress. It’s also about family, and understanding that people aren’t always as they seem. One of the moments that Ann realizes this is when she’s dancing with her step-father to this song:
“Daughters” by John Mayer
Ann is really insecure, but a certain cute guy sees beyond that. Whenever he hears these songs on the radio, he thinks of her:
“Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars
“What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction
Yes, 45 Pounds has an element of romance. However, for Ann, falling for a guy involves more embarrassing moments that would fit better on YouTube than in a cheesy, falling-in-love movie montage.
Everyone dreams of being beautiful, but few feel like they really are. This last song is for readers. May you always feel as beautiful as I think you are, regardless of size.
“Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera