(I received a free digital copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and Quirk Books)
Shakespeare would approve
“If you truly did wish to win my hand,
You should have graced it with a wedding band.
(Single Ladies, Beyonce)”
This is my first foray into what NetGalley has to offer, and I’m glad my first try was with this book.
You know from the beginning that it’s going to be kind of weird, but in a good way. The songs are not in full, but in the form of poems. Usually the chorus is in there too, and you can almost sing along to some of them, even with new lyrics. Whoever said that there’s no poetry in today’s music was obviously quite wrong.
Some are funny, some are clever, some are downright bizarre when you’re reading them (or maybe it’s just the fact that English is not my first language, finally catching up with me – and I thought I was fluent, who am I kidding ?). I loved that most of the songs used “you” instead of specific pronouns, although that’s probably mainly due to the fact that most songs also use “you”. In any case, I feel like it follows some kind of Shakespearian tradition here with the neutrality, and I’m all for it.
All your favourite songs and then some are being Shakespeared. I was cracking up from the beginning (Rick Rolled from the start !) and it stayed a really enjoyable reading until the end.