Pamela Jean (a.k.a. Star) is sixteen when her mother dies of breast cancer. Star is angry that her mother has died and left her, and nothing seems to make her feel better: Not talking to her shrink. Not playing rock music with her best friend Dooley. Not even listening to her mother's old familiar Beatles albums. It is not until Star finds an unsent letter addressed to John Lennon and a broken-down vintage Gibson guitar that she begins to find a way out of her grief…and maybe even a way to take care of some unfinished business left by her mother. Written with compassion, Mark Delaney's new novel offers a realistic and poignant look at a difficult period in a teenager's life.
|Publisher:||Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||387 KB|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
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Table of Contents
|Chapter 1||Things We Said Today||1|
|Chapter 2||Two of Us||11|
|Chapter 3||And Your Bird Can Sing||19|
|Chapter 4||A Day in the Life||33|
|Chapter 5||When I Get Home||43|
|Chapter 6||Instant Karma||55|
|Chapter 7||Fixing a Hole||67|
|Chapter 8||The Ballad of John and Yoko||78|
|Chapter 9||Ticket to Ride||88|
|Chapter 10||I'm Looking Through You||100|
|Chapter 11||This Boy||111|
|Chapter 12||Within You Without You||125|
|Chapter 13||Golden Slumbers||129|
|Chapter 14||While My Guitar Gently Weeps||142|
|Chapter 15||Nowhere Man||150|
|Chapter 17||(Just Like) Starting Over||175|
|Afterword: Getting It Wrong to Get It Right||183|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am not an especially fast reader, but I read this book in one day; it was amazing. It probably helps that I am a Beatles fanatic, but you don't have to be a fan of the Beatles to be a fan of this book! If you are looking for a riveting read, look no farther!
Pamela Jean Cochran, or Star as she would rather be called, lives for her music. After her beloved mother dies, music seems to be the only thing that gets her through the day -- specifically Beatles music. Star's mother loved the Beatles and now their music is all Star has left to remember her by.
When she hears that John Lennon is coming to town, she gives herself a mission. Her mission is to get backstage, meet John Lennon, and give him her mother's fan letter.
Thinking about this mission gets her through the long days of school and therapy. That, and spending time with her best friend, Dooley. Dooley is an amazing artist and Star ends up helping him through some pretty rough times.
This book was really, really good, and I made a personal connection with it. PEPPERLAND may cause you to reach for a few tissues and by the end of it you'll walk away with a "wow, life isn't so bad after all" attitude.
it was an amazing book. filled with compassion and dertermination, a 16 yr. old girl star goes out to send a letter to John Lennon from her mother(who has died) i truly loved this book. i am a beatles fan so i REALLY REALLY enjoyed it!
I am a huge Beatles fan, so that is why this caught my eye. How could I resist a book titled 'Pepperland'? I couldn't. By the first chapter I was caught up in Star's story, and I loved all of the Beatles references. After I was finished I made my friend read it, and she was hooked after the first chapter as well. It is an amazing book, and I recommend it to anyone who likes The Beatles or has experienced the loss of a loved one. Five Stars!
If you LOVE The Beatles, you are sure to love this book. Great read for Beatles fans of all ages!
A buddy of mine told me to read this book. He pressed until I read it. Once I started I could no put it down. It has a great plot that keeps you on the edge of seat. I highly recommend this book for readers of all ages. It is a story that the whole family could enjoy.
I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to all ages. This book shows great character and even better mental pictures. If you haven't read any of Delaney's books, this would be a great start.
This book is much of a change from the Misfits series, but alone itself takes my vote. Delaney has a great vision in his books especially Pepperland. I highly recommend this book to anyone who hasn't read any of the Delaney books.
Few books have ever laid out more clearly the connection between pop culture and human emotions. Pepperland begins in early November of 1980, mere weeks before the murder of former Beatle John Lennon. Star Cochran has recently lost her mother to breast cancer. As she's going through her mother's belongings, she finds a fan letter her mom wrote to Lennon but never mailed. Star decides that delivering this letter--personally--is a mission she must complete for her mother. Star is a musician herself. As she plans her quest to meet the former Beatle, she also struggles to rebuild her mother's old Gibson guitar, certain that doing so will help her write a song in honor of her mother. Dooley, her friend (and possible boyfriend) both helps and confuses her along the way. Pepperland mingles brilliantly the themes of grief and pop culture. How does music, or art, move us through difficult times? The novel succeeds in answering this question. Delaney uses flashbacks that allow the reader to see the relationship between Star and her mother, a technique that intensifies the emotion in an already painfully moving story. The characters in Pepperland are realistically drawn. The teens are dead-on perfect, and the adults are strong role models with hints of weakness to make them painfully human. In a time where many YA novels present adults who are venal and often wicked, Pepperland is a refreshing, positive change. Even the thuggish Farris, who harasses Star's friend Dooley, is far more than a stereotype, although he occupies little more than 5-6 pages in the entire book. Patty Campbell, the President-elect of ALAN (the American Library Association) calls Pepperland a 'perfect' YA novel. I agree. Readers will be moved by the story. Beatle fans will love the references and the chapter titles, which are all Beatle songs.