This week: A World Without Princes
Next up is my playlist for ‘A World Without Princes’, the sequel to ‘The School for Good and Evil’ by Soman Chainani – peek my playlist post from last week here! I found this book more complex to understand than Book 1, largely because it deals with entangled issues of feminism, gender roles, sexuality and morally grey protagonists. It was ambitious and it pulled it off marvellously (especially in light of the events of the third book). You can read my review of AWWP here!
As before, we start off in Gavaldon – a pattern in all three of the ‘School Years’ books – with Sophie trying to quash her witchy tendencies, wash away the events of Book 1 and put her villainous past behind her. This is encapsulated by songs like ‘I’ll Be Good’ by Jaymes Young and ‘Devil in Me’ by Halsey. Meanwhile, things aren’t as sunny as they seem with her best friend, Agatha…cue ‘Bad Liar’ by Selena Gomez! (The lyrics are actually so apt for how Agatha’s feeling at this point.)
Events that I won’t spoil link to ‘March Of The Witch Hunters’ from WICKED (seriously this vibe of this song was scarily fitting – I mean it’s a terrifying song anyhow), and the following songs illustrate the divide between the two Schools in their new incarnations. **SLIGHT SPOILER** (highlight for spoilers) ‘The Man’ by Taylor Swift is a great song in itself, but fits the general mood of The School for Girls quite well, and ‘Jet Song’ from West Side Story is a more recent addition to the playlist, for The School for Boys.**SPOILER OVER**
I’m not going to reveal too much, but ‘Quit’ by Ariana Grande and Cashmere Cat is a Tagatha song, while ‘Strangers’ by Halsey ft. Lauren Jauregui and ‘Hopeless’ by Halsey (again) and Cashmere Cat (again, lol) relate to Sophie and Agatha. We finish with I Have Questions by Camila Cabello (SAME, GIRL) which is a Sophie song.
This is a playlist that I still feel like I need to add to, especially the period in which they return to the School (Evelyn NEEDS a song! And FILIP TOO!)…but as I’m due a re-read before Book 6 releases this summer, I’m sure it’ll be finished (ish) sooner rather than later!