To celebrate Taylor’s birthday, I am giving you something you didn’t know you needed — a book for every popular song on the Red (Taylor’s Version) album.
Red and Come Back…Be Here: The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldo
Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. As she travels through time, multiple times, she is caught between the gain and loss of both her loves — her husband Frank Randall from 1945 and Jamie Fraser, from 1743.
All Too Well and All Too Well (10-minute version): Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
A song about longing for the memories of the relationship is matched best with Call Me Your Name. The parallels between the book and the song are too many to mention, but let us know if you spot it.
And, while Taylor ends the song with “I remember it, all too well”, so do Elio and Oliver in their last conversation in the book and the movie, when Elio asks Oliver, if he remembers it all, to which Oliver responds, “yes.”
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (illustrations)
The day that Freddy and Laura started dating was the best day of Freddie’s life. But, their on-off relationship, has Freddie hurting, her friends puzzled, and Laura couldn’t care less. What will Freddie do?
Everything Has Changed (feat Ed Sheeran): Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Rowan and Neil have been academic rivals for years, but tonight, for the school’s 24-hour scavenger hunt challenge, they find themselves in the same team. How will it go down?
I Bet You Think About Me and Forever Winter – Normal People
Normal People hinges on the intimate and complex love story between Marianne and Connell, who live in the same small town in Ireland, but live widely contrasting life — he is a popular working class boy, and she is a lonely white collar girl. Their love story stops and starts as they navigate through high school, and later, their college years together dealing with anxiety, acceptance, and their eventual reconciliation.
Treacherous, I Knew You Were Trouble and I Almost Do: These Violent Delights & These Violent Ends by Chloe Gong
All the three songs speak about a love that is doomed from the beginning and Chloe Gong’s book, These Violent Delights matches the angst lyrics of Treacherous and I Knew You Were Trouble. Both Juliette Cai and Roma Montagov, rival heirs, know that the other is trouble, but they chose to be together despite it.