Music Monday is a weekly feature hosted by Total Book Geek. The rules of the feature are simple:
- Choose a book or a scene from a book.
- Choose a song that fits said book or scene.
- Tell us why you paired them together.
- Don’t forget to share the title and author.
- Be careful not to include spoilers!
This week’s match is Mrs. Potato Head by Melanie Martinez and More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.
I don’t know why it took me this long to connect these two. I love them both and think about them almost daily. I maybe just didn’t think of them at the same time but the two have the same core theme: being unhappy with oneself and wanting to change.
More Happy Than Not is one of those books that you know is going to be sad but you really have no idea what you’re in for until you’re curled in the fetal position in the dark thinking of who you were and sobbing. The book follows Aaron Soto, a young boy who discovers a part of himself he’s unhappy with and decides he wants to cut it out of his identity entirely. This is possible thanks to the Leteo Institute. A group of medical professionals who offer a procedure to suppress one’s memories usually in the case of trauma or grief.
Enter the music − Martinez’s Mrs. Potato Head follows the same trend but takes a more tangible approach. In the song Martinez comments on the trend of females getting plastic surgery
It’s such a waste / When little girls grow into their mother’s face / But little girls are learning how to cut and paste / And pucker up their lips until they suffocate
and the idea that attractive people have little to no problems
Oh Mrs. Potato Head tell me, is it true that pain is beauty? / Does a new face come with a warranty / Will a pretty face make it better?
Martinez takes the approach of comparing the women who have gotten elective plastic surgery to the Toy Story character, Mrs Potato Head, whose face, like her husband’s, is made up of easily rearrangeable parts.
Together, More Happy Than Not and Mrs. Potato Head remind me of one of my favourite quotes from world famous drag queen, RuPaul: If you can’t love yourself, then how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?