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Review: She Loves You Yeah, Yeah, Yeah by Ann Hood

Title: She Loves You Yeah Yeah Yeah: One Girl, One Band, and the Concert that Changed the World
Author: Ann Hood
Year Published: 2018

Genre: YA fiction
Pages: 252
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2018 Google Reading map)USA (RI and MA)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): The year is 1966. While the Vietnam War rages overseas, the Beatles have catapulted into stardom--and Trudy Mixer has fallen in love with them, especially the handsome Paul McCartney. But the world is changing fast--including Trudy's--and she's having trouble keeping up. Her best friend, Michelle, has decided to become a cheerleader, everyone at school is now calling her Gertrude (her despised real name), and the gem of her middle-school career, her Beatles fan club, has dwindled down to only three members--and they're the least popular kids in school.

Determined to turn things around, Trudy decides that there's one thing that will change her fate: to meet Paul McCartney at the Beatles concert in Boston at the end of the summer. So, on a hot August day, unknown to their families, Trudy leads the final members of her fan club on an unforgettable journey, each of them with a secret hope for the night to come.

Review: I love the Beatles. There. I've said it. Actuallyl, as a kid I was obsessed even though they had already broken up when I started paying attention to music. So, I had to read this book, right?!

I liked Trudy and all her quirks and misgivings. She is the perfect 12-year-old who is unsure of herself, wants to be popular, but doesn't want to be with the popular kids. She just needs to come to terms with the fact that she fits in better with her fellow Beatles Fan Club members and not with the future cheerleaders who have taken away her best friend. That's some tough stuff and rings familiar to many pre-teen girls.

But this is definitely not a downer book! Trudy is obsessed with the Beatles and will do anything to get the next album and see them in concert. I love the whole story of Trudy and her friends making their way to Boston to see the group; what an adventure! I think middle school students will really enjoy this book and I loved the references to the songs.

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