Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Girl Who Became a Beatle by Greg Taylor

The Girl Who Became a BeatleThe Girl Who Became a Beatle by Greg Taylor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah!

When Regina Bloomsbury’s band, the Caverns, breaks up, she thinks it’s all over. And then she makes a wish—

“I wish I could be as famous as the Beatles.”

The Beatles are her music idols. The next day, she gets up to find that the Caverns are not just as famous as the Beatles, they have replaced them in history! Regina is living like a rock star, and loving it. There are talk shows, music videos, and live concerts with thousands of screaming fans. And Regina is the star of it all.

But fame is getting the better of Regina, and she has a decision to make. Does she want to replace the Beatles forever?

Here is a rocking novel about the good and the bad of Hollywood, fame, and rock ’n roll.

My Take: This is simply an enjoyable, clean read. Although somewhat predictable, the story is also laced with pop culture that is ageless. Without being cheesy, the author taps into The Beatles, Britney Spears, Dawson Creek, Calvin and Hobbes, Pretty in Pink, and a number of other iconic emblems of recent history.

Accompanying a fun storyline, the book includes life lessons. Regina learns to believe in herself, make hard choices (not just whether or not she will stay in the alternative reality), and she realizes that her future is dictated by her actions or lack of actions.

The story is well written, writing style is easy and fun, characters are well developed for the length of book, and the content will appeal to audiences of all ages.

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