The Girl Who Became a Beatle

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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. ...

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Overview

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?

 

Greg Taylor's The Girl Who Became a Beatle is a rocking young adult novel about the good and the bad of Hollywood, fame, and rock 'n roll.

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VOYA - Barbara Johnston
When Regina (Gina) Bloomsbury realizes that her band, the Caverns, is on the verge of breaking up, she desperately tosses off a wish to be as famous as the Beatles. A fairy godmother who communicates via computer grants her wish and, overnight, the Caverns replace the Beatles and claim their songs. The Caverns, featuring Gina, play a big MTV gig at Gina's high school. The fame feels wonderful, and Gina begins to think, "A girl could get used to this." When the Caverns head to L.A. for the Grammy Awards, Gina reconnects with her star-struck mother and discovers that she has a boyfriend, hunky film star Bradley Sawyer. Although Julian and the band are upset with her, Gina enjoys being in the limelight. Nevertheless, she still frets about obliterating the Beatles from music history and taking their success. Ultimately she decides to end her fantasy and earn her own fame. Since this novel is a fractured form of the Cinderella story, the players are familiar and the plot is predictable. Regina is a typical teen, insecure in her appearance, talent, and status with peers. Band member Julian is a true friend, media star Bradley is a cutout, and Gina's father is the responsible parent. In the end, "good guys" and good sense triumph. Narrated conversationally by Gina, the novel successfully captures the glittering world of a pop princess. Trivia about the Beatles, their music, and their tours add interest, and the novel will appeal to younger teens. Reviewer: Barbara Johnston
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Teenage musician and Beatlemaniac Regina Bloomsbury disappears into an alternative world when, frustrated with her high school bandmates, she makes a bedtime wish to be as popular as the Fab Four. When Regina wakes to discover that she and her band, the Caverns, are not only world-famous rock stars, but that they have also replaced the Beatles in rock-and-roll history, she is both grateful and dismayed. While she and the Caverns have achieved recognition, infighting among them inspired in part by Regina's stealing the spotlight leads to tension and the threat of group dissolution. And while she believes in the music of the Beatles enough to consider her new position as a conduit of their work something of an honor, she questions the price of this privilege. Taylor peppers his novel with a number of set pieces familiar to readers of the teen-celebrity novel: there are the obligatory scenes involving paparazzi and a brief romance with a teenage heartthrob who turns out to be much less appealing than the character he plays on television. These tropes don't overwhelm the story, which focuses more on Regina's musicianship, performances, and internal world than on the cosmetic aspects of fame. While the novel concludes predictably, its secondary focus on Regina's relationship with her father—particularly as it is threatened by the appearance of her estranged mother—and her discovery of other famous bands that were living through "replacements" provide some depth to the narrative.—Amy S. Pattee, Simmons College, Boston
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This high-concept, wish-gone-awry modern fairy tale concerns an aspiring 16-year-old musician whose band, the Caverns, is splitting up. Devastated by her bandmates' desertion, the everygirl protagonist Regina wishes that she could be as famous as her musical lodestar, the Beatles. Her wish does come true, but with a twist: The Beatles have been obliterated from history, and the Caverns have replaced them song by song.Regina still has problems with her family and bandmates, but she's now the composer of the Beatles songbook and a famous rocker.She soon learns that she has a choice—to live in this fake fairy-tale world forever or return to her quotidian life. Told in fractured–fairy-tale mode but without that genre's lighter-than-air charm, the story skims the surface rather than attacking the deeper and more interesting ethical and intellectual dilemmas her situation raises. Similarly, a subplot with Regina's mother has the potential for emotional complexity and punch but remains largely unmined. Strong premise—a frothy fantasy with an enjoyable backstage peek—but disappointingly uninvolving. (Fantasy. 11-15)

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“As in his debut novel, Killer Pizza, Taylor has hold of an undeniably clever concept.” Publishers Weekly

“Regina’s relationship with her father–particularly as it is threatened by the appearance of her estranged mother–and her discovery of other famous bands that were living through “replacements” provide some depth to the narrative.” School Library Journal

Easy appeal to fans of music-fueled novels.” –Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312652593
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Taylor is the author of the young adult novels Killer Pizza and Killer Pizza: The Slice. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Penn State University and started out his career as a professional drummer, before moving to Los Angeles to become a screenwriter. His screenwriting credits include Jumanji, Harriet the Spy, Prancer, and The Christmas Box.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Hmmmm...

    I just finished a imaginative book about john lennon's "ghost". So i like books that are like a climax thro the whole book. So is thos have some exiting little twist to keep the book alive? Everybook has a slow point, so is the slow point long and boring, or many low points that are short? Or are they put nicely? Please help me with my book probz.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    fun and quirky

    The Girl Who Became a Beatle follows the story of teenage Regina Bloomsbury. Above all else, Regina is a musician, and when her band, The Caverns, breaks up, she's devastated. On a whim, Regina makes a wish.wishing that The Caverns could have been as famous as the Beatles. She didn't count on having a fairy godmother there to grant her wish. The Caverns are suddenly more famous than the Beatles ever were. In fact, the Caverns replaced the Beatles in history, and Regina is thrust into a world of rock and roll, fame, and fortune. But it comes with a price, and Regina has let it go to her head. She has a chocice to make. Does Regina want the Caverns to replace the Beatles forever?

    I remember seeing the title for The Girl Who Became a Beatle a while back, but I usually avoid contemps, so I didn't really pay it any mind. I figured I'd wait for the reviews and give it a go later, based on people's thoughts. Despite my reservations, The Girl Who Became a Beatle was actually really fun for what it was. Greg Taylor has a fluid, easy-to-read writing style and voice. His prose is simple but sweet, the plot is easy to follow, and he doesn't convolute the plot points with excessive descriptions that might otherwise cloud the story. The Girl Who Became a Beatle is a fast-paced journey into a life of fame, fortune and excess, showing you the fun, but portraying the pitfalls, too.

    I really didn't have too many qualms with The Girl Who Became the Beatle. Regina, though a bit juvenile for my reading tastes, was a pretty good MC. She transforms from a selfish, egotistical child into a young adult, and the transformation is fun to see. The side characters are good, though perhaps a bit flat - it took me a while to connect with Regina's father and Julian. Something about him just seemed a bit bland. The plot moved quickly, though I will say that I was lost on a lot of the Beatles references. I know the basics in terms of the Beatles, but that's about it. The only other thing I would point out if I'm being nit-picky (which I am) is that there is a LOT of dialogue in this book - far more dialogue than descriptions. This was a bit overbearing at times, if you know what I mean.

    All in all, The Girl Who Became a Beatle is a cute, fun, and quirky read. I give it a 4 out of 5, and I'd recommend it YA and MG fans who enjoy contemporary fiction and fantasy, especially those who like the Beatles and music, in general.

    I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

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    Fab Four

    Who hasn't dreamt of being a Beatle (or some other rocker)? What if you were a star like John, Paul, George, or Ringo. Ringo? Really? Well okay, any rock star. Think its all fame and glory, adulation and lots of money? Do you suppose that all your quirks and foibles don't follow you to that land of Oz? Well Regina Bloomsbury gets the chance to find out. She is transformed overnight into a performer as famous as her idols, the Beatles. Her fairy godmother (really?) gives her a chance to see what her life would be like if she and her high school garage band replaced the Beatles. It doesn't take long before the glitter starts to tarnish and her life turns into a Hard Days Night. Leading Regina to dream of Yesterday, when all her troubles seemed so far away. Provided for review by those well read folks at Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan Publishing.

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