Finished She Loves You (Yeah Yeah Yeah) by Ann Hood. I received a copy for review at ALA.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“The story of a girl swept up in the heart of 1960s Beatlemania.
The year is 1966. The Vietnam War rages overseas, the Beatles have catapulted into stardom, and twelve-year-old Rhode Island native Trudy Mixer is not thrilled with life. Her best friend, Michelle, has decided to become a cheerleader, everyone at school is now calling her Gertrude (her hated real name), and the gem of her middle school career, the Beatles fan club, has dwindled down to only three other members–the least popular kids at school. And at home, her workaholic father has become even more distant.
Determined to regain her social status and prove herself to her father, Trudy looks toward the biggest thing happening worldwide: the Beatles. She is set on seeing their final world tour in Boston at the end of the summer–and meeting her beloved Paul McCartney. So on a hot August day, unknown to their families, Trudy and crew set off on their journey, each of them with soaring hopes for what lies ahead.”
I am currently enjoying quite a slew of great books. This one is no surprise because everything I’ve read by Ann Hood has been completely amazing. This is middlegrade, though (everything else I’ve read by her has been adult fiction or nonfiction) and I know that’s a different skill set.
Can I just say that this book is complete magic? I’m too young to have experienced the Beatles live, but this book was so evocative, I actually felt like I was there. (Should it ever come up on Jeopardy!, John is my favorite Beatle.)
There are a lot of other things going on here. Trudy feels like she’s losing her best friend (to popular girls) and her father (because she’s not interesting enough) and so the quest to see the Beatles in concert and to meet Paul McCartney becomes a bit of magical thinking (if she can make this happen, her life will go back to what she wants it to be—especially where her dad is concerned because this really is the one thing they have in common). Her fellow fan club members have similar hopes.
You don’t have to know who the Beatles are to love this book, but I’d be willing to bet that this book will get the Fab Four some new fans.