Publisher: Feiwel & Friends.
Release Date: February 15th, 2011.
When Regina Bloomsbury’s band, the Caverns, breaks up, she thinks it’s all over. And then she makes a wish—The Girl Who Became A Beatle is an entertaining twist on the “fairy godmother” story. Greg Taylor writes a light-hearted tale of first taste of fame in this book where down-on-her-luck Regina Bloomsbury makes a wish that her ex-band would be as famous as the Beatles, and instead, ends up replacing The Beatles in history.
“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?
It’s a weird concept, but it makes for a great story. Regina is thrown into the world she’s always wished for; her band, The Caverns, have replaced the Beatles and their songs. She’s infinitely famous, loved and adored by the world. Everything has changed, including the relationships she has with the people in her life, though not in a good way. Her father is disapproving and her band mate/the boy she’s in love with, Julian, is cold to her. It’s interesting reading her balance these two new revelations out and it’s downright entertaining to read about her fumbles with the life she just discovered.
One of the big and only issues I had with this book is the snap-of-your-fingers attitude change Regina has. One chapter, she’s still wary of the fame and the sketchy people surrounding her, and in the next, she’s completely transformed into a diva who is losing sight of herself. I would’ve liked some more balancing and fumbling into a slow transition. It just felt too quick and sudden.
Overall, The Girl Who Became A Beatle is a cute, fun and quick read that teaches you to be careful what you wish for. It’s an easy to read, easy to follow adventure through musical history (I learned quite a bit about The Beatles. Thanks, Greg Taylor!) and I definitely recommend it to those in the mood for something light!
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