Forever and Always by Taylor Swift- I chose this song because Taylor’s words represent how Rowan feels about this new boy she just met. They met a week night, ever since they met each other’s eyes they knew they were inseparable. Rowan and this boy Harper were hanging out alone, but she knew she never told him about her condition at home, her mother who ignores the world around her, and her sister Stroma who she cares for every day. Harper said they would get married and be together to care for Stroma, and that their lives would begin to improve. Then one day, Christmas to be exact, he left and never came back, leaving Rowan and Stroma upset and curious. Rowan should have knew better, not to think he would be committed to such a responsibility forever and always like he promised.
Set Fire to the Rain by Adele- This song I feel describes the way Rowan feels after Harper leaves her. When Harper was with her, it helped her in so many ways. For instance, keep her mind off of the issues at home, she finally felt she was loved by a boy, he acted like he loved Stroma, and there was also a special security Rowan felt when Harper was present. She gave him her heart, and she trusted him then he just left them randomly without a word. I know that he meant a lot to her, without knowing him long.
The Climb by Miley Cyrus- This song is my impression on how Rowan wants to feel. Rowan is so strong, but yet there is a part of her that wishes she won’t always have to wake up early and wake up Stroma, feed her, get her ready for school, take her to school, clean the house, worry about grocery shopping, and much more. She just wants to be a normal teenager with two loving parents. This is understandable. Rowan has had a dream since she was little to become a vet. With so much on her mind, she doesn’t have time for a lot of her studies and money to supply her with the education she needs. After her brother died, her whole life was switched completely around. She had dreams and had a plan to achieve them.
Breathe by Taylor Swift- The loss of Rowan’s best friend, her brother Jack and her dad who left them, her life will never be the same. Rowan wants to feel strong for Mum and Stroma’s sake. She has a job, and goes to school as well to try and give Stroma a some-what “Normal” life. Every night she cries herself to sleep knowing she has all the responsibilities to conquer again when she wakes up.
God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton- Towards the ending of the novel, Rowan discovers her new best friend, god. She realizes god gave her Stroma because he trusts her. She is a good example to Stroma and they could make it through every obstacle. They began going to church and start to feel better about the hard times. They need each other otherwise they have no one.