As you probably know, I absolutely adore Taylor Swift, and I recently did a folklore book tag, so I figured I should make a version of evermore as well! If you want to read that post, you can find it here. And if you want all my thoughts on folklore, you can watch my original folklore reaction on my YouTube channel here.
I'm so happy to have found an evermore book tag I loved created by Star Is All Booked Up! That post is linked (I really enjoyed it!), and those are the prompts I'm using here.
In this tag, I just talked about books for the prompts and didn't get into the songs. If you want more of my evermore thoughts specifically, check out my blog post of favorite lyrics here and my new reaction to evermore here. You can also scroll to the bottom of the post to watch the video as well. If you want to know more about any of the books I mention, all of their titles are linked to my review.
I hope you love the post, and let me know your favorite evermore songs in the comments!
1. Willow: A character you'd follow anywhere
For this one, I'm tapping into a character you'll get to meet in 2021. Darcy, from Perfect on Paper, is a character I just want to be best friends with. I love Darcy's humor, thoughtfulness, and music taste. I had so much fun reading this book, and I wish I could read it over and over again for the first time.
2. Champagne Problems: Dual POV
Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan is told in a dual POV from the perspective of basically modern day Romeo and Juliet, which fits the idea of "Champagne Problems" well. Ultimately, we all know how the classic story ends, and it fits the song well. Also, the song discusses a protagonist who struggles with mental health, and that's a major topic in the book as well.
3. Gold Rush: Anticipated Release
I am extraordinarily excited for It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland. This is the first time I've mentioned it on the blog, but get ready for me to never shut up about it. It's not out till May, but I've done everything in my power to get my hands on an ARC. Crossing my fingers all that work pays off. The book is about a a queer pop band that have risen to global prominence. They go their separate ways but are brought back together by a storm that destroys their home town. I love break ups of all kinds, and this seems to get into all the areas of growing up and growing out of your old life that I love.
4. Tis The Damn Season: Small town romance
All Our Worst Ideas by Vicky Skinner takes place at a small town record store where two teens fall in love during their shared shifts. I love the setting and how music entrenched the whole story is, but it's also very much a small town romance that's in temporary question. Amy is set to be valedictorian and leave for the college of her choice at the end of the summer. Oliver is taking a gap year that he hopes never ends. While their educational paths are completely different, they still have plenty to bond over as they decide if their paths will take them out of town.
5. Tolerate It: Lost love, failed relationship
Nothing Left To Burn by Heather Ezell is a book I read a long time ago that has continued to stick with me. This book explores a toxic relationship as a girl discovers that her boyfriend was involved in setting the fire that is burning down their subdivision. The book is intense, but Audrey is held in a similar stasis as Taylor describes in the song. She tolerates a lot, but when it looks like she'll be implicated too, she's forced to break free.
6. No Body, No Crime: Character who'd get away with murder
They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman revolves around getting away with murder. After Jill's best friend died freshman year in a secret society ritual gone wrong, another one of the Players was arrested for the murder, but Jill starts to realize, senior year, that he probably wasn't guilty. The story is twisty and surprising while not being too scary.
7. Happiness: A book that makes you suffer but you find comforting
This isn't fiction, but this has to go to I Would Leave Me If I Could, Halsey's poetry book. The book is so full of sadness, pain, and horrible experiences, but the way she frames them, there's so much love here too. The book feels like a hug to the reader. It feels extremely safe and like a place to commiserate, so it perfectly fits this prompt.
8. Dorothea: Nostalgic Read
Now That I've Found You by Kristina Forest just feels like a nostalgic book (and it feels like "dorothea" particularly because the book is full of old Hollywood glitz and glamour as Evie and her new friend/love interest run around New York trying to find Evie's famous grandmother.
9. Coney Island: star crossed lovers
Permanent Record by Mary HK Choi follows a boy who isn't sure about his future and a girl who is taking the world by storm as a pop star. Of course, her fame makes it incredibly difficult for them to stay together, and it feels like they just come from different worlds. Even though they care deeply for one another, the miles and erratic schedule is a lot to overcome.
10. Ivy: crept up on you
I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver really crept up on me this year. I owned the book for maybe a year before I finally picked it up. As soon as I started reading, I was totally absorbed into the world. I'm so happy that I finally got to read the book, and it completely took me by quiet surprise.
11. Cowboy Like Me: cat and mouse game
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender has its fair share of cat and mouse games. Between a possible surprise friends to lovers twist and a cat fishing experiment that ends in real feelings, you'll never quite be totally caught up on which emotional turn you're on in this amazing book.
12. Long Story Short: a book you would never read again, painful experience
I'm not going to talk about a YA book here, cause that seems mean, but I think the honor has to go to The Heart of Darkness. It's the only book I've ever thrown, and that was three pages in. Those were the only 3 pages I read of it. The rest was finished with Cliff Notes (thank god for them). It was the first classic, school assigned book that I didn't finish (soon followed by The Grapes of Wrath). Hopefully, nobody ever has to read either of those books again. And, if I remember correctly, I think Heart of Darkness was super racist too. The English curriculum in the US needs completely redone.
13. Marjorie: a book with a beautiful message
Today, Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon takes place over a single day. There's a love story between high school rivals on their last day of being high schoolers, and there are tons of realizations they come to over the senior tradition scavenger hunt. There's so much growing up and growing into being comfortable with being an adult that happens in a night, and I found it extremely comforting as I start to go through the same thing.
14. Closure: book with a bad rep (a betrayal)
Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett is a book with betrayal at the core of the book. Simone, an HIV positive teen, is a musical theater director and musical lover. While she finds her place in the theater and even starts to fall in love, she starts getting threats to out her HIV positive status to the entire school from an anonymous source. It's a truly horrible turn to the story in a book that also contains so much joy.
15. Evermore: a journey of self discovery
Look by Zan Romanoff is a book that's stuck with me for the whole year. I would love to read it again soon because it delves into the fascinating world of social media and authentic selves. It also explores sexuality and the struggle about whether to pick a table. There's also a layer of question about knowing who to trust. Lulu grows up a lot over the course of the book and truly comes into her own over the course of the book.