My love for this book is infinite and I know it sounds like a cop-out but I still can’t put into words what I think of it (and all the messy feelings and giddy feelings and ALL THE FEELINGS PERIOD). But I do know this – these songs came into my mind right after reading PLUS ONE. And I think that’s such a good sign of something so good bleeding over into my life that I immediately linked songs I coincidentally love to this novel. Hope you like my song selection! (You might only appreciate this playlist if you’ve read the book and spoilers are abound so you’ve been warned!)
I think I’ve found my best friend
I know that it might sound more than
a little crazy but I believe
I knew I loved you before I met you
I think I dreamed you into life
I knew I loved you before I met you
I have been waiting all my life
This song wound its way into my brain while I was reading the book because it’s just so apt. Both Sol and D’Arcy felt like this and don’t you just love it when a song completely encapsulates a scene or an idea?
Until now, I knew this of myself
That if you had thrown yourself down
Into the lion’s den
My brother I’d follow you in
Perhaps I lack some foresight (should have known)
But brother you were so right
Sure as the setting sun
You can’t trust just anyone
That’s what you want, but it’s not what you’re asking for
I said that’s what you’re asking, but you’re gonna get more than you bargained for
I said that’s what you had, but you don’t have it any more
You had it coming
I never imagined you dead (I never)
But tell me, are you even aware
That all that we did, you undo?
Iscariot, you fool
Oh Jesus, the tears! Please stop the tears! If the previous song describes Sol’s and D’Arcy’s relationship perfectly, this song is Sol and Ciel’s song. This song is the theme song to their sibling relationship and it shows how much love (and even all the messy emotions like resentment) is between them. That even if Ciel left Sol and their grandfather Poppu and that Sol has spent three years of her life hating Ciel, she still loves him that she’d follow Ciel down the lion’s den. And that bit with “you can’t trust just anyone” mirrors exactly what Ciel told Sol.
Then don’t get me started with the chorus. I can totally imagine Sol telling Ciel that he had it coming but in the end, IN THE END, Sol and Ciel still love each other as family and I’M GOING TO STOP NOW BECAUSE I’M TEARING UP.
How long will I love you?
As long as stars are above you
And longer, if I can.
How long will I want you?
As long as you want me to
And longer by far.
So let’s stop crying and get back to the romance. D’Arcy said something in the novel and I’ll quote it:
“Do you know how much I love you? It’s as big as the Milky Way. It’s as wild as the murmuration. It’s as stuck as the Morazan.”
That passage made me think of this song and how it describes a love so infinite and a love that does not expect. D’Arcy never expected anything from Sol and neither did Sol. But they kept on giving each other pieces of themselves. SELFLESS EPIC LOVE OKAY I THOUGHT THIS WILL PREVENT THE TEARS.
Next and last song please!
EDIT: I’m adding One Direction’s You and I in here because the lyrics are just so apt GAH! It can be D’Arcy singing it to Sol to just believe that nothing can come between us in the end. AHUHUHU
I see what it’s like,
I see what it’s like for day and night
‘Cause they see things in a different light
But they never tried
You and I
We don’t wanna be like them
We can make it ’til the end
Nothing can come between
You and I
Not even the gods above
Can separate the two of us
You are the avalanche
One world away
My make believing
While I’m wide awake
Just a trick of light
To bring me back around again
Those wild eyes
A psychedelic silhouette
I never meant to fall for you but I
Was buried underneath and
All that I could see was white
Lastly, this can be from Sol or D’Arcy’s perspective. In Sol’s perspective, the meaning to this song is pretty obvious as D’Arcy was the one who saved her from being caught, helped her, “saved” her when she was alone without Ciel and saved her in all sorts of manners. However, I think Sol thinks too low of herself but she doesn’t see that she changed D’Arcy from an uptight Medical Ray Apprentice into someone who sees love so pure and unconditional. Proof? When D’Arcy said this:
“Do you remember when you were feverish on the sofa in your apartment? You admitted you were throwing your life away so that Poppu could hold Fleur just once, and it was like the floor of your apartment opened under me. You had the balls to condense the whole screwed-up world into this one pure thing, this crazy act of love. Everything I was working for collapsed through that hole with me, and I went into a free fall. And then you kissed me on the prairie and I wanted it all — I selfishly wanted what Poppu had.”
He obviously doesn’t believe in love anymore but then Sol comes crashing into his life. It’s just so beautiful and GOOSEBUMPS.
So that’s my completely cry-worthy playlist for PLUS ONE! Hope you liked it and as usual, my main goal is to promote these artists. Walk the Moon is my favorite band and Gabrielle Aplin has been my it girl for months now. Thank you!
Elizabeth Fama is the author of Plus One (FSG, 2014), Monstrous Beauty (FSG, 2012), a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection and Odyssey Award honor winner, and Overboard (Cricket Books, 2002), an ALA Best Books for Young Adults. She is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, Inc.