She Loves You Yeah, Yeah, Yeah by Ann Hood (5 out of 5)

This was fun! Yesterday was pain-in-the-sinuses headache day. It hurt to even open my eyes. Reading? Seemed downright improbable. My music was playing low, which is not me at all. I found this with a bunch of books stacked on my headboard. Some people have notches; I have piles of books. This is a middle-grade book, tailored for ages 7-10. Obviously, a 45-year old can enjoy it as well. And did! This will be released in June of this year, by the folks at Penguin Workshop, an imprint of Penguin Random House. I encourage anyone who loves the Beatles to read it, or better yet- get the kids started young!

Trudy Mixer is the president of the Rhode Island chapter of the Robert E. Quinn Junior High Beatles Fan Club, which had 23 members, but it suddenly dwindles to 3 people, who also happen to be the biggest nerds in school. Trudy’s best friend Michelle stops hanging out with her overnight and decides to hang with the cooler, cheerleader squad. Trudy’s dad, a fan as much as she is, gets four tickets for the Beatles concert in Boston that summer. With everything changing around her, Trudy pins her hopes on the only good luck she can think of: meeting Paul, her favorite Beatle. Trudy’s luck gets worse- Michelle (no longer her belle) is blowing off the show to go to Acapulco with the cheerleaders, her Dad now has to ditch out to go to Japan for work, and her mom breaks her leg, so she can’t drive Trudy to the show. Pressed for time and a way to carry out her plan, Trudy invites the other 3 members of the fan club to go to the show with her instead. The day arrives, but nothing is going right. Will Trudy and the fan club get to the show? Even more importantly, will she pull off her plan to meet Paul McCartney?

What a refreshing change from the crappy world outside. It takes you back to a time when darkness is all over (JFK’s assasination, The Vietnam War, Nixon and LBJ), and the emergence of The Beatles radiated a message of hope to everyone with their music. It’s hard to pick favorite scenes in the book, but one of my favorites had to be the scene when Trudy and her dad get ‘Revolver’ and listen to it for the first time. The reactions are spectacular! You’ll have to read it when it comes out. And better yet, the media kit includes a Beatles button, which I shamelessly took. And the playlist, which also comes with, is something the author should put up on Spotify. And last but not least, the scene with George? Long overdue, you McCartney girls! Put this one on your TBR list for June. I loved it yeah, yeah, yeah.

~ by generationgbooks on April 4, 2018.

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