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Posted July 19, 2013
Reviewed by Bobbie Grob for Readers' Favorite
Music is often the backbone of a family, integrally woven into its history. This is certainly the case for Michelle, a recent divorcee, and her two children, Joseph and Pam in Let It Be by Chad Gayle. The album Let It Be by the Beatles is the music that shapes this family’s lives one summer. As Michelle tries to form a new life with her children outside the sphere of the abusive marriage she left behind, her children likewise fumble through the new territory in which they find themselves. For Pam, a fairly stereotypical thirteen-year-old girl, it is makeup, girlfriends, and teenage rebellion that helps her to find her footing. For Joseph, a ten-year-old boy, who still idolizes his father, the peace and familiarity he craves are harder to find.
I thoroughly enjoyed Let It Be. I found the characters to be realistic and relateable, if not always likable. I became so engrossed in the story the first night I picked it up that I surprised myself by reading half of it in one sitting. I couldn’t wait to see what would become of these characters, and whether their lives would ever straighten out. Let It Be is told in the first-person, which I enjoyed, especially since several characters got to narrate their own chapters. The only thing I was missing was an explanation for why each song connected to each section of the book. I am not familiar with the Let It Be album as a whole, so I would have appreciated song lyrics or some other tie-in to more fully understand why this album was as important as it was.
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Posted February 15, 2014
Posted October 15, 2013
Read from October 13 to 15, 2013
I just finished this book, in 2 1/2 days and all I can say is WOW! Amazing! I am still crying from the ending. This book is so well written and so descriptive, I felt like I was Michelle. I felt what she felt. This author is so incredible of a writer, there are no words to express how deeply this book affected me. As a parent it made me question decisions that I had made in my life, it made me love my children more( if that is possible), they are now grown. This book has characters that are so well developed, you will be absorbed by the essence of the words in this novel. Well written , amazing story, you will be carried into this book through the wonderful prose of this fantastic author. Bravo! Highly recommend this one to all. I received this book through goodreads for an honest review, and honestly, this is a MUST READ!
Posted July 9, 2013
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Go ahead and start singing it. You know you want to.
And you know why it's okay? Because Let it Be by Chad Gayle is inspired by that Beatles album.
Michelle Jansen is newly separated and trying to figure out how to start a new life with her children, Pam and Joseph. But things are tough because her ex-husband doesn't seem to want to allow Michelle to do just that.
I love how this story is told from multiple perspectives, perspectives that sometimes switch when a new chapter starts. I also enjoyed the connections to The Beatles Let It Be album songs (which was also a negative when I could not get "The Long and Winding Road" out of my head while I was trying to read!!!!).
Any more Beatles fans out there?
Thanks for reading,
Rebecca @ Love at First Book
Posted May 26, 2013
Chad Gayle’s debut novel Let It Be is a masterwork of subtlety—the kind of book that sneaks up on you through the quietude, only to produce a taut, poignant climax.
Let It Be is set in the late-1970s in Amarillo, Texas, where single mother Michelle has escaped with her two children, 10-year-old Joseph and his 13-year-old sister Pam. Michelle is determined to remake her life from the ashes of her marriage to her estranged husband Bill, who is dead-set on winning her back through a calculated series of harassing telephone calls.
Set against the backdrop of the Beatles’ final LP release as its soundtrack, Let It Be cleverly juxtaposes the band’s songs—including such classics as “Get Back” and “The Long and Winding Road”—with the young family’s heartbreaking story of loss and redemption. With Let It Be, Gayle demonstrates himself to be a writer of consummate power and skill. In its finest moments, Let It Be reminds us that our coming-of-age stories don’t merely end with the onset of adulthood; rather, they deepen and refine themselves as we attempt to find our way through the balance of our lives.
Posted May 25, 2013
I really enjoy stories that incorporate events from and people from the world. Songs from the past are tied to so many memories of my life, events and relationships so I really identify with the use of songs to tie the characters’ stories together. I really enjoyed this story that is full of emotion. The characters in the story are developed very well and the way the author did an amazing job of setting the scenes and keeping the story flowing. I wanted to read this book much faster than I was able to because the story line kept leaving me wanting to know the answers to more questions that I had as I read along. The author is a great storyteller and I really enjoyed this story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 11, 2013
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Posted September 23, 2013
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