Tina Kakadelis
YA Author


Burn Before Reading: A Carly Allen Story

My Dream Job


I love the question, "If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?" The answer is so stupidly easy for me; lead singer of an all lesbian boy band cover band. Let's talk about that header photo, shall we? I love Harry Styles.  His hair is beautiful, his clothes are beautiful, his face is beautiful. He's a true blue rockstar. I'll be honest; he's a babe. Look at his stupid smirk. He knows everyone loves him.

But, yes, let's get back to the more serious matter at hand; boy bands. There's a part in my book (Imagine! Me, shamelessly plugging my book! Unthinkable! Joke's on y'all though, I got more plugs than my middle school math teacher.) where I defend pop music. Objectively, pop music is not the most intricate or musically demanding, but damn if it doesn't serve a noble purpose in the world.

It's for when you're young and the person you like likes you back. It's for when the weather is perfect. Just across the board, perfect weather and you can finally put the windows down after the longest winter. It's for when you feel unstoppable behind the wheel of your very first car with your best friends. It's for when the world's troubles seem so far away from you that you are untouchable.

That is where pop music was born to live.

The main character in my book, Carly Allen, is the lead singer of a One Direction cover band with some other jazz band dropouts. To me, having a bunch of apathetic jazz band kids play One Direction covers is hilarious. In One Direction's heyday, a suburban cover band would've cleaned up.

Wild. It's almost like I got the inspiration for the One Direction cover band from my own life.

Though I have no prospects and I'm relatively tone deaf, I'm not planning on giving up on this real-life dream of an all lesbian boy band cover band. All I need are musical lesbians in my life who want to start a band. (Not including my sister who, when I asked her to join my band, was excited until I told her that under no circumstances would we be an a capella band.)

In my mind, this fictional lesbian boy band cover band would have different "nights." Y'know, like a One Direction Night, Shawn Mendes Night, *NSYNC Night, Justin Bieber Night, Boyz II Men Night, Hanson Night, NKOTB Night, Backstreet Boys Night. Honestly, the world is our boy band singin' oyster. I know Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber aren't boy bands technically, but I'm just lumping them in. Life's too short to hate Shawn Mendes. You can still hate Justin, though. That's reasonable.

So, L.A.-area lesbians with musical talents, hit me up. Let's make this dream a reality. It's 2017 and it's about damn time ladies got in on the boy band fun.

Without further ado, here is my proposed setlist for One Direction Night. You'll notice that it's a full hour-and-a-half set because I'm not half-assing this. I'm more serious about this nonexistent band than I was about any of my college classes.


One Direction Night

  1. One Thing
  2. No Control
  3. Happily
  4. Story of My Life
  5. Where Do Broken Hearts Go
  6. Steal My Girl
  7. Never Enough
  8. Kiss Me
  9. Temporary Fix
  10. I Would
  11. Walking in the Wind
  12. Love You Goodbye
  13. Something Great
  14. Little Things
  15. If I Could Fly
  16. 18
  17. They Don't Know About Us
  18. Through the Dark
  19. Over Again
  20. Perfect
  21. Best Sing Ever
  22. Heart Attack
  23. Act My Age


  1. A.M.
  2. Up All Night
  3. What Makes You Beautiful