Take it away, Jessica! (Spoilers ahead!)
Okay so, obviously, the lyrics to all of these songs are not going to, you know, perfectly match up to Please Ignore Vera Dietz by (the awesome) A.S. King. But to me music is mainly about the feeling songs evoke in you, especially when you try to match them with books, another thing that evokes a crazy amount of feelings from you. So just bear with me.
(Also, from this point on, I'm going to assume you've read Vera Dietz, so spoilers will be a thing.)
I can you're scared that you're turning into your mother
I can feel myself turning into my father
We could lie to each other like they do and say we're still happy
It's easy when you're young and you still want it so badly
This song always makes me think of PIVD and Charlie and Vera and their parents and sometimes it just takes my breath away, thinking about it. To me, this song perfectly embodies both of our lovable screw-ups deepest thoughts and fears, and it's something really special.
Tell me what I'm supposed to do
With all these left over feelings of you
'Cause I don't know
And tell me how I'm supposed to feel
When all these nightmare become read
'Cause I don't know
This is totally Vera's song. It's got a melancholy feel to it, and its lyrics scream of confusion, loss, and loneliness.
It's no surprise to me I am my own worst enemy
Cause every now and then I kick the living shit out of me
And this would be Charlie's theme song. What I mean by that is--well, if you've read the book I shouldn't even have to explain it.
OK I'm not sharing lyrics from this song because none of them really fit. But you know when you just get a vibe from a song? This song gives me major End-Of-Please Ignore Vera Dietz vibes, when Vera is better but not completely, when she's come to terms with Charlie and what he did and didn't do as much as she could come to terms with it. For whatever reason this song reminds me of that. (I know that makes me sound insane and I wish I could be sorry for that.)
Thanks, Jessica! I can't wait to listen!
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