Book Recap – In Song! is a monthly feature where I create and share a playlist inspired by the books I read during the previous month.
1) The Song: “Oh, It Is Love” by Hellogoodbye
The Book: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Gaaah, this song is just too cute! That’s not to say that Eleanor & Park is all bubblegum and daydreams, but the parts that focus on how wonderfully surprising and spectacular first love feels are well represented by this song. Plus, the hand-holding references remind me of one of my favorite scenes in Rowell’s book.
2) The Song: “Play It Cool” by Freddie King
The Book: Playing it Cool by Joaquin Dorfman
It’s not just the name of Freddie King’s song that makes it the obvious musical match for Joaquin Dorfman’s novel. As I mentioned in my review of the book, Playing It Cool reads a lot like the narration of an old noir film. And even though there isn’t any saxophone playing in King’s song, it still feels jazzy enough to put me in that noir mindset.
3) The Song: “Who Will Love Me Now” by Sunscreem
The Book: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I can think of no better song to represent a novel about a child dealing with a parent’s terminal illness than “Who Will Love Me Now.” It’s got such a plaintive, childlike, lost quality that it ties my stomach in knots each time I listen to it. As an added bonus, the lyrics even reference a figurative monster.
4) The Song: “Afraid” by The Neighborhood
The Book: Dualed by Elsie Chapman
I can’t hear “Afraid” on the radio without thinking of Dualed. Two lines in particular are to blame for this: “When I wake up I’m afraid somebody else might take my place / When I wake up I’m afraid somebody else might end up being me.” In Dualed, the worry that someone might replace you is a valid one – each person has a genetic alternate whom they must battle for the right to survive. As the saying goes, “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us.”
5) The Song: “Today Was A Fairytale” by Taylor Swift
The Book: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
“Today Was A Fairytale” makes me happy, just like Enchanted, and that’s reason enough for me to put the two together. That and the references to, y’know, fairy tales.
6) The Song: “Broken” by Lifehouse
The Book: Me, Him, Them, and It by Caela Carter
I originally struggled to find a song for Me, Him, Them, and It, but as soon as I stumbled upon “Broken” I knew it was meant for this book. The song is all about a person who’s an emotional mess, damaged and scared and on the verge of falling apart. This sounds just like Evie, the protagonist in Me, Him, Them, and It, as she struggles with an unplanned pregnancy and her desire for parental affection.
What do you think? Are there any other songs you feel would be a great match for the books I listed above? If so, please share in the comments section – I’d love to hear from you!