"Filled with love, hope, and longing, this is a novel for readers of all ages." - Holly Goldberg Sloan
Bestselling author Ann Hood crafts a funny, heartfelt story of a girl growing up in the heart of Beatlemania.
The year is 1966. The Vietnam War rages overseas, the Beatles have catapulted into stardom, and twelve-year-old Rhode Island native Trudy Mixer is not thrilled with life. Her best friend, Michelle, has decided to become a cheerleader, everyone at school is now calling her Gertrude (her hated real name), and the gem of her middle school career, the Beatles fan club, has dwindled down to only three other membersthe least popular kids at school. And at home, her workaholic father has become even more distant.
Determined to regain her social status and prove herself to her father, Trudy looks toward the biggest thing happening worldwide: the Beatles. She is set on seeing them in Boston during their final world tourand meeting her beloved Paul McCartney. So on a hot August day, unknown to their families, Trudy and crew set off on their journey, each of them with soaring hopes for what lies ahead.
In her signature prose, Hood crafts an extraordinary story of growing up, making unexpected connections, and following your dreams even as the world in front of youand the world at largeis changing too fast.
About the Author
Ann Hood is the author of the best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most, The Obituary Writer, Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine, The Red Thread, and The Knitting Circle, as well as the memoir Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, which was a New York Times Editor's Choice and chosen as one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. She has won two Pushcart Prizes as well as a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, two Best American Food Writing Award, and a Best American Travel Writing award. A regular contributor to the New York Times, Hood's short stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including Ploughshares, Tin House, Traveler, Bon Appetit, O, More, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Paris Review, and others. She is the editor of the anthologies Knitting Yarns: Writers Writing About Knitting, Knitting Pearls: More Writers Writing About Knitting, and Providence Noir. Hood is also the author of books for children, including the middle-grade novel, How I Saved My Father (And Ruined Everything Else), and the ten-book Treasure Chest series for young readers. Her new memoir, Morningstar: Growing Up with Books, will be published in August. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and New York City, and is married to the writer Michael Ruhlman.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Trudy’s junior high life had been going well. She has a great best friend Michelle and runs the Beatles Fan Club, the school’s most popular club. Then everything changes, when Michelle suddenly drops her to run with the cheerleading crowd, a substitute teacher calls her by her real name Gertrude and classmates mockingly now call her that, and the Beatles Club suddenly plunges to only four members—the least popular kids in the school. Her home life is typical for the 1960’s; her father is consumed by his work and her mother stays at home, trying new recipes and dabbling a bit in The Feminine Mystique. At least her father shares her love of all things Beatles; but when work forces him to cancel their trip to Boston to hear them, Trudy becomes determined to go to the concert and earn back her father’s attention. Wonderful details of the time period are woven in—from dishware to clothing to one-phone households—and there are references to some historical events like the Vietnam War and the prediction of elevator music and disposable diapers. The characters are a bit stereotyped, and those other than Trudy show little growth until near the end of the story; readers may wonder why they should care about them for much of the story. But Trudy herself is an interesting mix of insecurity and determination, with a self-deprecating humor. Middle schoolers will recognize Trudy’s attempts to navigate relationships with family and friend and to find her voice and tendency to overdramatize wholly believable. They’ll keep reading to learn if she does indeed meet her favorite Beatle and cheer her cleverness and perseverance. Digital Review copy provided by NetGalley.