Just recently, The Beatles have added their music to iTunes. This is important because now those kids who walk around everywhere with earphones crammed into their skulls will be able to continue to ignore great music.
The truth is many high schoolers have heard of The Beatles (I took informal polls in my classes) and some will even admit to liking their music. So when I received The Girl Who Became a Beatle as an ARC I thought I’d get some interested readers. Not one bite.
The premise is that a high school girl, the leader of the band called The Caverns, has a really bad day. Regina is her name and she knows that the band’s demise is imminent. So she makes one last push to get a gig, the school’s dance. Rejection. Then two dissatisfied members quit on her. And so she feels her world is crashing down around her. In this stressful moment she makes an offhanded remark about wanting to be as famous as The Beatles.
When she wakes up the next morning she is.
Well, not exactly. A little bit of Freaky Friday and Big magic take place. She wakes up to find that The Caverns have replaced The Beatles. All of John and Paul’s great hits are now hers. There are Caverns dolls, albums like Meet the Caverns, and an MTV crew to film her every, exciting, move.
Suddenly, Regina is thrust into the limelight, dating a TV hunk, rolling in a stretch hummer, rocking sold out crowds, doing bits on late shows, and winning Grammys.
The book is the silly fun of a dream world. Regina gets to do incredible things but has to deal with keeping, well first finding, then keeping her identity. Being a rock hero like The Beatles would be fun, but it loses something when you don’t earn it and haven’t worked for it. And this is the struggle Regina has to go through.
It is written at an easy high school level. The references are current and hip (like I really know what hip is) and the lingo is stream of consciousness at times, very much like kids these days. I think many teens will enjoy the flow and pace of the book. I just don’t know how many will really buy into the whole Beatles connection. How many teens these days have seen A Hard Days Night? How many know the lyrics or Beatles songs, or of their more obscure B sides that are referenced in this book? It’s a fine book, I just don’t know how many teens out there will really give it a try, though one girl just picked it up and started it on Friday, so I might be wrong about this one.
*This book will be released Feb. 15th.