Every once in a while, I come across a song that fits perfectly with a book I’ve read. In this new feature, I’ll tell you about them!
Just One Day by Gayle FormanAt the beginning of the year, I read Just One Day and fell in absolute and complete love with it. Last month I read Just One Year and… well that didn’t go too well. But I’m focusing on the beauty of Just One Day here. Allyson spends one beautiful day in Paris with a stranger, Willem, and falls in love. While it does seem like it would be instalove, they talk about such deep things and make such a connection that it absolutely doesn’t feel like it. Those two are amazing together. The series then shows the aftereffects of this day on both Allyson and Willem after they are separated by events.
The song that I found, or rather the song that found me, is Permanent Stain, from the new Backstreet Boys album. The second I heard it, I thought about Just One Day, and some of the most beautiful and memorable passages: about how love is like a stain. A concept that is a pillar in the first book and comes back in the second as well. The song feels like it was written for this book/series.
“It’s something that never comes off, no matter how much you might want it to.”
“You’re comparing love to a…stain?”
He leans so far back in his seat that the front legs of his chair scrape off the floor. He looks very satisfied, with the crepe or with himself, I’m not sure. “Exactly.”
But then Mason touches my neck, to the spot on it where the cut from that night has since healed, and I pull away.
He was right, after all; it didn’t leave a scar, though part of me wishes it had. At least I’d have some evidence, some justification of this permanence. Stains are even worse when you’re the only one who can see them.
And that’s when I understand that I have been stained. Whether I’m still in love with him, whether he was ever in love with me, and no matter who he’s in love with now, Willem changed my life. He showed me how to get lost, and then I showed myself how to get found.
“Out in the rain, looking for sunshine
I call your name, but you’re like a ghost
I let you disappear, should’ve never let you go
I want to say just for the record
That you still got my heart and my soul
And though we’re worlds apart
Yeah, I gotta let you know
You are the piece I can’t replace, oh
You left a mark that won’t erase, oh
No one else can teach me how to love again
‘Cause you left a permanent stain on my heart and I’ve been feeling it
Never mind what people say ’cause they don’t understand
How you left a permanent stain on my heart, you’re never leaving it”