(out today 6/26)
Blurb from goodreads: 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 received a copy from Netgalley nearly a month ago and have been waiting to write the review.
I don’t read a lot of Middle Grade books, as I tend to hit YA mostly. In fact, one of the last ones i tried, I put down because the style and tone just didn’t capture me. I had no such problem with this book.
I think this is the kind of book that anyone could read, of any age. I shoved my Kindle at my mother to read it after I did because she went to see the Beatles in 1964 (not when Trudy did) and I wanted to see if the author had gotten the time period right. Mom said it was right on.
This book has its moments of ‘we’re in the 60s’, but it totally transcends just the setting. It’s about old friendships, new friendships, growing up, learning not to be judgmental, learning that everyone has their own struggles, parents aren’t perfect, and the Beatles are awesome (even if the psychedelic period was surprising). I actually teared up a little at the end and no spoilers, I thought the ending was perfect even though I wanted to see the aftermath just because I’d come to love the characters so well.
Trudy is a flawed heroine, but not unlikeable. I feel for her as her life changes and she deals with her best friend no longer being into the same things she is. Everything she goes to, even if it isn’t exactly what the reader went through, is relatable. And she learns to be kinder, more open, and just a better person.
I LOVE THIS BOOK (YEAH YEAH YEAH). And I wish I had better words to describe what a joy is was to read.
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