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The story of a girl swept up in the heart of 1960s 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 The story of a girl swept up in the heart of 1960s 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 members--the 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 their final world tour in Boston at the end of the summer--and 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.


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The story of a girl swept up in the heart of 1960s 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 The story of a girl swept up in the heart of 1960s 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 members--the 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 their final world tour in Boston at the end of the summer--and 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.

30 review for She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Hager

    I am currently enjoying quite a slew of great books. This one is no surprise because everything I've read by Ann Hood has been completely amazing.  This is middlegrade, though (everything else I've read by her has been adult fiction or nonfiction) and I know that's a different skill set.  Can I just say that this book is complete magic? I'm too young to have experienced the Beatles live, but this book was so evocative, I actually felt like I was there. (Should it ever come up on Jeopardy!, John i I am currently enjoying quite a slew of great books. This one is no surprise because everything I've read by Ann Hood has been completely amazing.  This is middlegrade, though (everything else I've read by her has been adult fiction or nonfiction) and I know that's a different skill set.  Can I just say that this book is complete magic? I'm too young to have experienced the Beatles live, but this book was so evocative, I actually felt like I was there. (Should it ever come up on Jeopardy!, John is my favorite Beatle.) There are a lot of other things going on here. Trudy feels like she's losing her best friend (to popular girls) and her father (because she's not interesting enough) and so the quest to see the Beatles in concert and to meet Paul McCartney becomes a bit of magical thinking (if she can make this happen, her life will go back to what she wants it to be---especially where her dad is concerned because this really is the one thing they have in common). Her fellow fan club members have similar hopes.  You don't have to know who the Beatles are to love this book, but I'd be willing to bet that this book will get the Fab Four some new fans. Highly recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cindi

    Review originally posted on my blog : http://utahmomslife.blogspot.com/2018... I didn't know what I was in the mood for, so last night I sat down with a stack of books and the intent to read a few pages of each. I started with She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) by Ann Hood. Before I knew it, I was over halfway finished with this lovely and endearing novel. It's intended audience is middle grade children but this Beatles fan was immediately enraptured. Trudy Mixer is the president of the Robert E. Qu Review originally posted on my blog : http://utahmomslife.blogspot.com/2018... I didn't know what I was in the mood for, so last night I sat down with a stack of books and the intent to read a few pages of each. I started with She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) by Ann Hood. Before I knew it, I was over halfway finished with this lovely and endearing novel. It's intended audience is middle grade children but this Beatles fan was immediately enraptured. Trudy Mixer is the president of the Robert E. Quinn Junior High Fan Club. Until recently it has been the most popular club at the school with 24 members but suddenly the students and Trudy's best friend Michelle are flocking towards Future Cheerleader Club. Now there are only four members of the club, including Trudy. The other three members are the nerdiest, weirdest kids and Trudy is determined to win back her popularity and her best friend. When she hears that the Beatles are coming to Boston in concert, she cooks up a plan to meet Paul McCartney. She Loves You place in 1966 when the world was changing. Stuck in the middle of the upheaval of the Vietnam War, the Hippie movement and Beatlemania, spunky sixth grader Trudy Mixer is dealing with the trauma of junior high. She's an adorable character with about as much charm as most sixth graders. She's been dumped by her best friend who has moved on to newer, cooler friends and more exciting pursuits than writing fan mail to John Lennon. Trudy's love for the Beatles is pure and will be recognized by any who has been a true fan of anything. You're going to cheer for her and her little group of fans. Ann Hood is an excellent writer who strikes just the right note in her newest book for younger audiences. I was fully transported to the 60s even as I recalled my own middle school years in the 1980s. Middle school is middle school is middle school. That is one universal truth. I'm excited to share She Loves You with my middle school aged children when they finally wake up from their summer sleep ins.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Josephine

    This was really cute; I loved it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    ARC from ALA Midwinter It's 1966, and Trudy Mixer is having a hard time at the end of the school year. Her best friend, Michelle, is morphing into a lipstick wearing, Twiggy haircut sporting cheerleader, her father is so involved in his work that he doesn't spend much time with her, and her Beatles' Fan Blub has gone from being the biggest group in the school to having only four members. Not only that, but a substitute teacher uses her real name, Gertrude, and people start calling her that all th ARC from ALA Midwinter It's 1966, and Trudy Mixer is having a hard time at the end of the school year. Her best friend, Michelle, is morphing into a lipstick wearing, Twiggy haircut sporting cheerleader, her father is so involved in his work that he doesn't spend much time with her, and her Beatles' Fan Blub has gone from being the biggest group in the school to having only four members. Not only that, but a substitute teacher uses her real name, Gertrude, and people start calling her that all the time. There's a brief moment of light-- the Beatles are performing a concert in Boston, not too far from her home. Her father has to travel to Japan on business, but Trudy convinces her mother to drive her, and even gets her to practice, since driving stresses her out. When her mother breaks her leg and has a cumbersome cast on her right foot, Trudy must reassess her strategies. There is a new girl in town, Penelope, who has moved from California and spells of Patchouli, and she claims that she is going to the concert with a high school boy, and they intend to take the bus and then the subway to the concert. Trudy rallies the three remaining members-- Jessica, Nora, and Peter-- and uses the summer to obsess over the Beatles' music and make plans for the concert. As president of the FIRST fan club in Rhode Island, Trudy is sure that the group can manage to meet Paul, and soon finds out that her friends all have their own reasons for wanting to make a personal connection with the Fab Four. Strengths: While there are still students who adore the Beatles (my own daughter included!), I don't think they understand the real impact of the group on popular culture in the 1960s. We have needed this book for a LONG time, and Hood includes so many details about modern day culture that I was definitely transported back to the summer of 1966.Trudy has a typical, middle class suburban lifestyle-- the hard working, quiet father, the Arpege wearing mother who dabbles in reading The Feminine Mystique but still churns out meatloaf, and the bedroom with mint green dotted swiss and a record player. In everlasting middle school (or junior high) fashion, her friends are changing and developing interests that don't match hers. The social issues of the time are worked in very cleverly through the experiences of the other children and include the "hippie" counterculture, the conflict in Vietnam and its effect on the families whose sons were fighting, and the general change in the feeling in the world that is so evident in the evolution of the Beatles' music and wonderfully summed up by this line "Psychedelic was part of the way the world was changing, and it made me feel nervous." (Page 154 of the uncorrected advance proof.) This is a beautifully written and vivid paean to a bygone era that is ingrained in the public consciousness and needs to be explained to younger people. Weaknesses: I was so caught up in the details (Liddle Kiddles! Melamine dishes! White Pages from other cities in the library! Up the Down Staircase!) that I missed the character development in Jessica and Nora, and was a little surprised at Peter's feelings for Trudy at the end of the book. There were a few minor historical errors, but no 12 year old will catch them, and they all involved things that were just a year or two off. What I really think: This transports readers to a very particular time and fully invests them in Trudy's quest to meet Paul McCartney. It is a wish fulfillment novel in the very best sense. I cried at the end, but then I was always a girl who loved George best! Definitely purchasing at least two, if not three, copies. Plus one for my daughter for Christmas!

  5. 4 out of 5

    FloeticFlo

    "This story on some levels is my story of loving a boy band so so much, and I loved the feeling that I got when reading this book because of it. Exhilarated and nostalgic." Read the full review on Book Nerds Across America: http://www.booknerdsacrossamerica.com....

  6. 4 out of 5

    Diane Payne

    This is a quick read for adults, especially for those of us who remember watching "The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show." For middle school teachers, this could be a fun book to use in the classroom because 1) you get to expose them to The Beatles music; 2) learn about Vietnam War/President Johnson/Lady Bird; 3) discuss friendships/families/feeling left out/ working towards goals; 5) learn how to read bus and subway schedules, and 6) feminism and hippies. Fun book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Janine

    Recently, my kids attended a special kids’ event at our local Barnes and Noble. During this event, a few books were being touted. One of the others, I also actually read and thoroughly enjoyed. The other that caught my attention was “She Loves, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”. Why? Because it was set in the turbulent 1960s decade. Plus, it also centered around the extremely popular 1960s music group, The Beatles. Specifically my own favorite from The Beatles, Paul McCartney. What can I say? But that I am a suc Recently, my kids attended a special kids’ event at our local Barnes and Noble. During this event, a few books were being touted. One of the others, I also actually read and thoroughly enjoyed. The other that caught my attention was “She Loves, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”. Why? Because it was set in the turbulent 1960s decade. Plus, it also centered around the extremely popular 1960s music group, The Beatles. Specifically my own favorite from The Beatles, Paul McCartney. What can I say? But that I am a sucker for anything to do with this time in history, as well as The Beatles. So, I bought a copy and couldn’t be happier that I did. While this is a middle grade book, I still definitely found it worthy to read. See the story of The Beatles number one fan and middle school fan club was pure delight. As a former middle school teacher, middle school can be particularly cruel time for many. Trudy is no exception to this. Her once highly attended Beatles Fan Club now only has 3 other members. All of these kids are a bit quirky and definitely not popular. Her once best friend, Michelle dropped her for a group of popular cheerleaders. Trudy’s dad is much too busy with work to enjoy their once shared love of The Beatles. And Trudy’s mom ends up taking a bit of a fall only to be left in a cast for the summer months due to a broken leg. Plus, all the kids at school started referring to her by Gertrude (her given name) instead of Trudy. Therefore what is Trudy to do? Well, she plans to go to the upcoming Beatles concert with her few remaining fan club members. Not only does she want to see The Beatles in concert sing, but she also wants to meet Paul McCartney in person. Her reasoning is simple. She feels that this clandescendant meeting will fix all of her problems. I honestly loved how persistent Trudy was in getting to meet Paul McCartney. Plus her admiration and love for The Beatles shined through even when they released their album, Revolver, which was dubbed by many at the time to be a flop. Plus, the big pay off was the ending. I don’t want to give it away. But let’s just say Trudy gets more than she could have imagined and learns a lesson or two along the way.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mercedes

    This was a great middle grade book! I'm not sure how kids today will identify with it, but at 37 years old, I really enjoyed it. I was born in 1980, so I completely missed Beatle-Mania, however I loved all the references to the 60's, and the author does an amazing job of setting the scene. When you pick up this book, you feel as though you're right there in Warwick, RI in 1966 during one of the worst heat waves since the 40's. Trudy Mixer is in that rough in-between age of 12. Things around her a This was a great middle grade book! I'm not sure how kids today will identify with it, but at 37 years old, I really enjoyed it. I was born in 1980, so I completely missed Beatle-Mania, however I loved all the references to the 60's, and the author does an amazing job of setting the scene. When you pick up this book, you feel as though you're right there in Warwick, RI in 1966 during one of the worst heat waves since the 40's. Trudy Mixer is in that rough in-between age of 12. Things around her are changing at frightening speed...her once best friend is moving on to other things and other friends without her, her father has a new job that keeps him distant and distracted, her favorite teacher has been replaced with a new one who has ruined her life on her very first day and her mother is down for the count for the entire summer. One thing that never changes though, is Trudy's love for the Beatles. Paul, John, Ringo and George are the center of her whole life, and as the President or her schools Beatles Fan Club, Trudy takes her devotion VERY seriously. While I really enjoyed the book, I was not a fan of the ending. I loved the concert experience, but the very end was a little too over-the-top for me. And then, nothing. It ends so abruptly that it's a bit jarring. An epilogue would have been nice. I get why the author did what she did...to continue on or to include an epilogue would have taken the reader away from Trudy's amazing experience on August 18/19, 1966, but I personally like to know what happens to everyone when I finish a book. Jessica's brother, Nora's mother, Michelle and Trudy....how did it all go? Oh well. In the end though, I absolutely recommend this book. Especially for those who lived through Beatle-Mania. As I said, not sure today's kids will really connect with Trudy and her love of the Beatles, but I'm glad I picked this one up.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sue Seligman

    What an adorable book! I took this book out of the library thinking it would be an adult trip down memory lane during the 1960s when the Beatles ruled the airwaves but the country was in turmoil. What I found is a book geared towards tweens and teens but with so many references of this time period that those of us who grew up during this time period would have a hard time casting it aside. I love the story of Trudy’s struggles with popular cliques and the outcasts, similar to my own back in the What an adorable book! I took this book out of the library thinking it would be an adult trip down memory lane during the 1960s when the Beatles ruled the airwaves but the country was in turmoil. What I found is a book geared towards tweens and teens but with so many references of this time period that those of us who grew up during this time period would have a hard time casting it aside. I love the story of Trudy’s struggles with popular cliques and the outcasts, similar to my own back in the day. The references of tv shows such as The Monroes and other bands Such as the Crykle made me smile with nostalgia. The determination to see a concert and meet the Beatles shows the pluck of four not such close friends who will learn an important lesson about kindness. I think this lesson about acceptance and love is a reason that this book should be an option for reading among tweens and early teens! A fun read!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jean Moore

    No one does period detail like Anne Hood. Her new children’s-to-adult novel, She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah), presents a first-person narrator, plucky middle-schooler, Trudy (teasingly referred to as Gertrude, to her dismay) Mixer, who is steeped in the innocence of the early 60s. The book is a virtual compendium of mid-60s popular culture references from The Ed Sullivan show to the Ronettes to “female” consciousness raising to tuna in cream sauce. While the young protagonist and her Beatles fa No one does period detail like Anne Hood. Her new children’s-to-adult novel, She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah), presents a first-person narrator, plucky middle-schooler, Trudy (teasingly referred to as Gertrude, to her dismay) Mixer, who is steeped in the innocence of the early 60s. The book is a virtual compendium of mid-60s popular culture references from The Ed Sullivan show to the Ronettes to “female” consciousness raising to tuna in cream sauce. While the young protagonist and her Beatles fan club sidekicks suffer from the angst of the day, some issues more serious than others, there is a delightful playfulness as these youngsters undertake the mass transit trip from Providence to Boston to hear the mop-headed ones in concert and possibly to meet Trudy’s one true love, Paul.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    A sweet middle-grade novel about a girl named Trudy Mixer that has big dreams - and loves The Beatles. I enjoyed this book, which brings the reader back to 1966, a time when the world was changing and uncertain. But the Fab Four made their mark on society, pop culture, and the hearts of many a music lover. This book had characters you'll wish were your middle school friends, and I rooted for a happy ending for all of them.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Even though the Beatles invasion happened over 50 years ago (yikes!), I still remember the night they debuted on the Ed Sullivan show and created a firestorm of hysteria among teens, along with derision by many parents ("those haircuts make them look like girls!" was a common phrase in my house). And this sweet and good-hearted book with a nice message brought all of those memories back. A fun book that will have teens finding and downloading music from the Fab Four, and perhaps even becoming fan Even though the Beatles invasion happened over 50 years ago (yikes!), I still remember the night they debuted on the Ed Sullivan show and created a firestorm of hysteria among teens, along with derision by many parents ("those haircuts make them look like girls!" was a common phrase in my house). And this sweet and good-hearted book with a nice message brought all of those memories back. A fun book that will have teens finding and downloading music from the Fab Four, and perhaps even becoming fans of a band that's over 50 years old.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    A cute, fun read. Very typical set of characters.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emily Vrotsos

    This was a lovely story about accepting and embracing change, colored by the purity of adolescent love for the music and lyrics that can shape their young lives. Would highly recommend.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    4.5 stars: Although it is marketed and sold as Children's Historical Fiction, I really enjoyed this book and wonder if it will appeal more to people who grew up in the late 1960's and early 1970's than twenty-first century middle schoolers. I found myself transported to 1966 Providence, Rhode Island & into the heart and mind of middle school student, Trudy Mixer. Author Hood gets the details all right , she mentions 'The Galloping Gourmet' and Ed Sullivan tv shows and captures a nostalgia fo 4.5 stars: Although it is marketed and sold as Children's Historical Fiction, I really enjoyed this book and wonder if it will appeal more to people who grew up in the late 1960's and early 1970's than twenty-first century middle schoolers. I found myself transported to 1966 Providence, Rhode Island & into the heart and mind of middle school student, Trudy Mixer. Author Hood gets the details all right , she mentions 'The Galloping Gourmet' and Ed Sullivan tv shows and captures a nostalgia for time long past, with touchstones that conjured up memories of my own. A lovely, sweet story of friendships lost & found, boy bands, music, first love & that awful, yet magical time when you believe that anything is possible, especially with the help of your idol (in the case of this novel, it's Paul McCartney, to whom the book is also dedicated).

  16. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    In this book for middle graders, She Loves You Yeah, Yeah, Yeah by Ann Hood, Trudy Mixer is a junior high student who is growing up in the early 1960’s. Trudy is a huge Beatles fan and starts a fan club at her school. The author gives little tidbits of information about important happenings during that time like President Kennedy’s assassination and the Vietnam War. Trudy decides to go to a Beatles concert and hopes to meet Paul McCartney. Being a retired elementary librarian, I appreciate the a In this book for middle graders, She Loves You Yeah, Yeah, Yeah by Ann Hood, Trudy Mixer is a junior high student who is growing up in the early 1960’s. Trudy is a huge Beatles fan and starts a fan club at her school. The author gives little tidbits of information about important happenings during that time like President Kennedy’s assassination and the Vietnam War. Trudy decides to go to a Beatles concert and hopes to meet Paul McCartney. Being a retired elementary librarian, I appreciate the author wanting to tell about that time in America, however, I really can’t imagine this book appealing to a large audience of middle grade students. It is witty and charming and of course I enjoyed it because I am about the same age as Trudy Mixer! She Love you (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) by Ann Hood is being published by Penguin Workshop, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Kahn

    Such a fun read narrated by an endearing character. Trudy's sixth grade year was a bit rough. Her best friend lost interest in her and threw her over for the future cheerleaders club. Her favorite teacher has had emergency surgery and his sub is not only terrible but insists on calling her Gertrude instead of Trudy. Of course, the bully boys jumped right on that! And, her crowning glory, Rhode Island's first Beatle fan club is down to four members! And those members are some of the weirdest kids Such a fun read narrated by an endearing character. Trudy's sixth grade year was a bit rough. Her best friend lost interest in her and threw her over for the future cheerleaders club. Her favorite teacher has had emergency surgery and his sub is not only terrible but insists on calling her Gertrude instead of Trudy. Of course, the bully boys jumped right on that! And, her crowning glory, Rhode Island's first Beatle fan club is down to four members! And those members are some of the weirdest kids in her class. She and her dad share a love of the Beatles but he's been so preoccupied by work that he barely notices her. Trudy has to do something to make the summer memorable and get herself back on her game - like, meeting Paul McCartney. Hood dishes up a taste of the sixties with all its turmoil and conveys just how the British Invasion rocked the world of U.S. teenagers. Changing friendships and middle school seems to stay the same, making the book relatable.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    I am a crazy Beatles fan, but even more so, I am a CRAZY Paul McCartney fan! I have a lifesize cardboard cutout of him in my kitchen, I named my cats McCartney and Harrison, and I have a whole tattoo sleeve of Yellow Submarine Paul McCartney. Naturally, I read everything I find about the Beatles and Paul, and I'm always excited to read a fresh take on the 4 lads from Liverpool that I feel like I know so well. With that being said, until this book, I hadn't found many compelling books about the B I am a crazy Beatles fan, but even more so, I am a CRAZY Paul McCartney fan! I have a lifesize cardboard cutout of him in my kitchen, I named my cats McCartney and Harrison, and I have a whole tattoo sleeve of Yellow Submarine Paul McCartney. Naturally, I read everything I find about the Beatles and Paul, and I'm always excited to read a fresh take on the 4 lads from Liverpool that I feel like I know so well. With that being said, until this book, I hadn't found many compelling books about the Beatles for younger readers, and that was an area I felt was lacking. I'm so excited that Ann Hood a) ALSO loves Paul McCartney, and b) wanted to write a piece of historical fiction for kids that revolved around the best band of all time. This book is super cute, fun, and has a lot of trivia gems hidden in plain sight amongst its pages. Trudy Mixer, the main character, is absolutely me in middle school: I was nerdy, misunderstood, and obsessed with the Beatles. The only difference was that the Beatles were LONG since broken up when I was in middle school, so instead of trying to get to one of their concerts, I was trying to make my way to see Paul McCartney with his current line-up in 2005 (spoiler alert: I totally made it to the show, and have since seen him 5 other times.) I loved seeing my childhood self in a character, and I loved imagining that some other little girl, 10 or 20 years younger than me, would see herself in Trudy Mixer too. Besides being cute, this book also makes mentions of important, heavy topics happening in the 196os that are still relevant today: feminism, the Vietnam war, friendship and betrayal, the Kennedy assassination, divorce and lack of parental support, drugs, etc. Ann Hood did a great job of giving this story a historical context, but still kept it from seeming like it was taking place too far in the past. I absolutely recommend this book to any kids OR adults who adore the Beatles, of course. But I also recommend it to any kid who feels like he or she or they don't fit in, or don't belong, or like they don't make sense in the world. Meeting a character who you can see yourself in can make those tough middle school years seem a little brighter. When I was 12 and 13, I buried my nose in Beatles biographies and stories about rock and roll, and it made me feel at home. I hope this book can be the same for some kid out there now. She loves this book, yeah, yeah, yeah!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jana

    I had the opportunity to read a digital ARC of this middle grade historical fiction novel from NetGalley in exchange for a review. I absolutely loved this book. Because the story takes place in the summer of 1966, readers are able to enjoy the middle school friendship drama surrounding the ups and downs of the upcoming Beatles concert without the characters being glued to their phones and texting each other right and left. Trudy Mixer has been an avid Beatles fan ever since their first appearance I had the opportunity to read a digital ARC of this middle grade historical fiction novel from NetGalley in exchange for a review. I absolutely loved this book. Because the story takes place in the summer of 1966, readers are able to enjoy the middle school friendship drama surrounding the ups and downs of the upcoming Beatles concert without the characters being glued to their phones and texting each other right and left. Trudy Mixer has been an avid Beatles fan ever since their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan show in 1964. From that day forward, she has been the president of her school’s Beatles fan club. It was a popular club in the beginning, but two years later the club’s membership is dwindling. But the Beatles are going to be performing in concert during the summer, and if Trudy can get the chance to meet Paul McCartney, she’s sure she can wind up on top again. Even though the events of this story take place long before today’s tweens were born (in fact this is stuff from their grandparents’ era), the adolescent characterizations and drama is fresh. Best friends growing apart, blooming love interests, family and school stress are ingredients that keep readers engaged. The story has a good message – everyone is going through their own trials and tribulations and good friends will help see each other through their problems. Fans of the Beatles and period stories from the sixties will definitely appreciate the cultural references of this novel. Just for fun, I made a Spotify playlist of all the songs mentioned in this book just so I could enjoy listening to the great music in the same way the characters in the story did. This is a terrific middle grade book, appropriate for kids in grades five and up.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jentry

    This was such a fun and cute read. I’ve always been a fan of the Beatles, so when I saw this at the library, I immediately wanted to read it. Trudy Mixer is the president of the Beatles Fan Club at her middle school, the most popular club in school… at least, it was, until recently. The numbers have started to dwindle, with even Trudy’s best friend, Michelle, abandoning the club to join the Future Cheerleaders. Trudy is left with the “weirdest” kids at school and she’s not thrilled about it. At h This was such a fun and cute read. I’ve always been a fan of the Beatles, so when I saw this at the library, I immediately wanted to read it. Trudy Mixer is the president of the Beatles Fan Club at her middle school, the most popular club in school… at least, it was, until recently. The numbers have started to dwindle, with even Trudy’s best friend, Michelle, abandoning the club to join the Future Cheerleaders. Trudy is left with the “weirdest” kids at school and she’s not thrilled about it. At home, Trudy and her dad have always bonded over the Beatles. She feels like it’s the only thing they have in common, so when the Beatles announce a concert near them, she’s thrilled when her dad gets 4 tickets for the family and a friend for Trudy to bring along. Of course, everything doesn’t go according to plan. I don’t want to spoil much, so I’ll stop there and just say that this book captures so much of the feelings and fun of being in middle school. I felt like I was right back in my *NSync loving days and wanting to see them in concert so much. The ending was adorable. I cried a bit. (view spoiler)[I loved when all the kids she thought were weirdos ended up sharing their stories and becoming her friends. It helped her to see that you can’t judge a book (or person in this case) by it’s cover, and honestly, kindness is always the best answer. Also, when they met Paul and George, I was just so happy for them. I know that this was fiction, but I like to think Paul and George really would’ve taken the time to be so nice to a bunch of kids. (hide spoiler)] Anyway, yeah, it’s good. I’d definitely recommend it to a friend. :) P.S. My favorite Beatle is probably George, so I kept chuckling when they said that George couldn’t be your favorite Beatle.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    3.5/5 stars This was an absolutely adorable story about growing up, finding your true friends, and finding your footing as you navigate the early teen years. It was a quick read, but definitely a super fun one. Although it takes place in the mid-1960’s, as someone who went through these issues decades later, it was still an enjoyable read. I don’t think it would be hard to today’s preteens to relate either. While there are some references that definitely are outdated today, the struggles and fear 3.5/5 stars This was an absolutely adorable story about growing up, finding your true friends, and finding your footing as you navigate the early teen years. It was a quick read, but definitely a super fun one. Although it takes place in the mid-1960’s, as someone who went through these issues decades later, it was still an enjoyable read. I don’t think it would be hard to today’s preteens to relate either. While there are some references that definitely are outdated today, the struggles and fears of the characters are timeless (family struggles, parental abandonment, wanting to be seen, etc) If this book had existed when I was a sixth grader (in 1997) I would have been enamored with it. Like the main character, I had an all-encompassing, “must know every detail of his life” crush on Paul McCartney. My biggest dream was that I could go back to the 60’s and experience Beatlemania in its heyday. These characters were able to live out my childhood (and honestly, still my adulthood) dream. While the story was very simple, and the ending quite abrupt, it was extremely well written and would be engaging for the intended middle grade audience. I have a few Beatle fan friends who I will absolutely be recommending this book to for their middle school aged children (and a fun nostalgic read for themselves) Thanks to Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Megan Mann

    Trudy Mixer has been in love with the Beatles since she saw them on The Ed Sullivan show. She’s the president of the Robert E. Quinn Beatles Fan Club, Rhode Island’s first, and her favorite member is Paul McCartney, of course. But then everything changes and Trudy doesn’t feel as great about her life as she once did. The fan club is down to just four members and these aren’t the kind of kids she wants to associate with. But then she finds out that the Beatles-THE BEATLES!-are going on tour and he Trudy Mixer has been in love with the Beatles since she saw them on The Ed Sullivan show. She’s the president of the Robert E. Quinn Beatles Fan Club, Rhode Island’s first, and her favorite member is Paul McCartney, of course. But then everything changes and Trudy doesn’t feel as great about her life as she once did. The fan club is down to just four members and these aren’t the kind of kids she wants to associate with. But then she finds out that the Beatles-THE BEATLES!-are going on tour and her dad got her tickets! Her dad, who only pays attention to her when it comes to the Fab Four. Her dad, who discovers he has to be in Japan for a business meeting on the day of the concert. What’s Trudy going to do? How is she ever going to fix her reputation at school by meeting Paul McCartney if she can’t even get to the concert in Boston? Determination always wins and with the help of the rest of Trudy’s Fab Four, everything might just happen. I absolutely loved this book. I wanted to give it one less star because of the hate for MY favorite Beatle, George Harrison, but it all worked out in the end. It makes me so envious of those who were around for beatlemania and who experienced it. It was a lovely story about friendship and discovering what’s important and knowing that you don’t have to have a picture perfect life for it to be wonderful.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Becker

    This was a great book set in the age of Beatlemania. The main character has fallen in love with the Beatles and has started the first Beatles Fan Club in Rhode Island. It was great until her best friend leaves her for the Future Cheerleaders Club. She has a bad day on top of that with the substitute teacher calling her by her real name, Gertrude. So she has to redeem her school year. The Beatles announce their American Tour and she begs her dad to get tickets and so he does because he loves the This was a great book set in the age of Beatlemania. The main character has fallen in love with the Beatles and has started the first Beatles Fan Club in Rhode Island. It was great until her best friend leaves her for the Future Cheerleaders Club. She has a bad day on top of that with the substitute teacher calling her by her real name, Gertrude. So she has to redeem her school year. The Beatles announce their American Tour and she begs her dad to get tickets and so he does because he loves the Beatles too. They even go to get the new album. Then tragedy happens...... Dad has to take an overseas trip for work and will miss the concert while Mom manages to break her leg and can’t take her to the concert either. So what will save her summer? That’s right... meeting her favorite Beatle, Paul. Meeting him will change her whole life and make things perfect. So now she must plan how she will make that happen. With a little help from her friends, they manage to get to the concert but have a few setbacks before they make it. They get a surprise and realize that true friends are worth their weight in gold and that some things just can’t be fixed but if you have hope you can get through anything.

  24. 5 out of 5

    (a)lyss(a)

    "(IMPORTANT: IF ASKING DIRECTIONS CALL THE SUBWAY THE T!!)" I normally love Ann Hood's writing but this book wasn't for me. I think it was that this book was about middle-schoolers and didn't have the same depth Hood's usual stories do. Essentially Trudy's problems were that she wasn't bonding with her dad over the Beatles like they used to and she felt like that was all they have in common, her best friend was more interested in being a cheerleader than being in the Beatles fan club, and a boy li "(IMPORTANT: IF ASKING DIRECTIONS CALL THE SUBWAY THE T!!)" I normally love Ann Hood's writing but this book wasn't for me. I think it was that this book was about middle-schoolers and didn't have the same depth Hood's usual stories do. Essentially Trudy's problems were that she wasn't bonding with her dad over the Beatles like they used to and she felt like that was all they have in common, her best friend was more interested in being a cheerleader than being in the Beatles fan club, and a boy liked Trudy but she thought he was a loser. While Trudy desperately wanting to attend a Beatles concert in Boston makes for a quick, light read the story didn't really resonate with me. (view spoiler)[The biggest thing was that ending!! So they go all this way and they meet the Beatles and we don't get to see what happens next?! All these kids expose their fears and secrets to each other about their families and they traveled all that way alone and we don't know how their parents take it or if Trudy's friend comes back to the club or anything! The ending was too sudden for me. (hide spoiler)] We get to see a bit of Trudy's day-to-day life and references to early feminist movements and the Vietnam war but it felt too superficial to really draw me in.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    It’s 1966, and the world is at a turbulent time, but not as turbulent as Trudy Mixer’s. Everything is changing too fast, and Trudy is just trying to catch up. First, Trudy’s best friend decides to become a cheerleader, then the kids at school insist on calling her Gertrude, and worse of all her Beatles fan club is barely hanging on. However, Trudy knows that there is one thing that will definitely save everything: meet Paul McCartney. But Trudy is about to find out that it’s going to take more t It’s 1966, and the world is at a turbulent time, but not as turbulent as Trudy Mixer’s. Everything is changing too fast, and Trudy is just trying to catch up. First, Trudy’s best friend decides to become a cheerleader, then the kids at school insist on calling her Gertrude, and worse of all her Beatles fan club is barely hanging on. However, Trudy knows that there is one thing that will definitely save everything: meet Paul McCartney. But Trudy is about to find out that it’s going to take more than a quick trip to a concert to change her destiny, it might take a little luck too. A perfect book for adults who remember and cherish the Beatles, as well as readers who are in search of a fun summer adventure. Heartfelt, emotional and unforgettable, She Loves You takes readers back to an unsettling time filled with uncertainty, war, and sadness, but also filled with hope, love, and music. Beatles fans will love the song title chapter headings, and young readers will enjoy the adventure, while being taken back to the groovy 1960’s. you can find more of my reviews and giveaways in my syndicated printed newspaper column: For the Love of Books-Dixon's Independent Voice, as well on my Instagram: amy_fortheloveofbooks.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    We listened to the audio book and have mixed feelings. My 11 year old son did NOT like Trudy- thought she was rude and selfish and boy crazy. But he loves the Beatles. My 9 year old daughter loved that this book was about friendship and becoming a better person. And she too loves the Beatles. I loved that we had to pause the book and talk about psychedelic music, The Feminine Mystique, Haight Ashbury and hippies, the Vietnam War and the draft, mod, the British Invasion. We’d switch to Spotify and l We listened to the audio book and have mixed feelings. My 11 year old son did NOT like Trudy- thought she was rude and selfish and boy crazy. But he loves the Beatles. My 9 year old daughter loved that this book was about friendship and becoming a better person. And she too loves the Beatles. I loved that we had to pause the book and talk about psychedelic music, The Feminine Mystique, Haight Ashbury and hippies, the Vietnam War and the draft, mod, the British Invasion. We’d switch to Spotify and listen to songs mentioned, chat about how musicians change throughout their careers, why Mr. Mixer wasn’t so keen on Revolver. I loved that we talked about acceptance- of people, of circumstances, for who and what they are and how to move forward. We talked about how everyone has a story they aren’t telling, to spend time to know someone. But the narrator did way too good a job of sounding like a middle school girl- entitled, whiny. We had a hard time sympathizing with Trudy throughout most of the book and felt her realizations came late, but were really glad she had them. This isn’t shade on the narrator- she was good- or the writing- sometimes it takes middle schoolers, and grown ups too, a long time to see past their own noses.

  27. 5 out of 5

    SundayAtDusk

    This is a fun read for those who were children in the 1960s, and hopefully will be a good read for the kids of today. Trudy, the 12-year-old protagonist, discovers what happens when her best friend dumps her and moves on to other friends and activities, such as cheerleading. Trudy's main interest is the Beatles, something her ex-friend began to see as a childish obsession. At school, the other kids who share her undying love for Paul, John, George and Ringo are unpopular, and Trudy is embarrasse This is a fun read for those who were children in the 1960s, and hopefully will be a good read for the kids of today. Trudy, the 12-year-old protagonist, discovers what happens when her best friend dumps her and moves on to other friends and activities, such as cheerleading. Trudy's main interest is the Beatles, something her ex-friend began to see as a childish obsession. At school, the other kids who share her undying love for Paul, John, George and Ringo are unpopular, and Trudy is embarrassed at times to be associated with them. At home, Trudy longs for more attention from her busy father; and although he does share her love for Beatles music, he never gives her enough of his time. All this builds up into a fantasy that Trudy creates where she must meet Paul McCartney to make everything in her life all right. Ann Hood is a terrific writer, and this is a terrific story about combining childhood fantasies with realities in a way that helps Trudy move forward in life, while becoming a more empathetic person along the way. (Note: I received a free ARC of this book from Amazon Vine.)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    6th grader Trudy Mixer is the president of the Robert E. Quinn Beatles Fan Club, the first one in Rhode Island and the most popular after school club . . . for a while. Now the membership of 23 has dwindled to 4. Even Michelle, Trudy's best friend is now attending the Future Cheerleaders Club. When Trudy's dad buys 4 tickets to the Beatles concert in Boston, Trudy begins to make plans to meet Paul McCartney and regain her popularity! But when Trudy's dad goes to Japan on business and her mom bre 6th grader Trudy Mixer is the president of the Robert E. Quinn Beatles Fan Club, the first one in Rhode Island and the most popular after school club . . . for a while. Now the membership of 23 has dwindled to 4. Even Michelle, Trudy's best friend is now attending the Future Cheerleaders Club. When Trudy's dad buys 4 tickets to the Beatles concert in Boston, Trudy begins to make plans to meet Paul McCartney and regain her popularity! But when Trudy's dad goes to Japan on business and her mom breaks her leg and can't drive to Boston, Trudy has to rely on the club members to help make her dreams - and theirs - come true. This story had many layers - it's about the drive to be popular, the changing relationship with your parents, the 60's, growing up, and seeing people in a different way. Everyone has problems, some hide them better than others. There's a little background knowledge necessary to really appreciate the Beatles - song lyrics are quoted but without the tune it just isn't the same. Cross posted to http://kissthebook.blogspot.com CHECK IT OUT!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lizanne Johnson

    Take a step back in time to the real Beatlemania. Last year Trudy Mixer was the president of the most popular club in school: the Beatles Fan Club. This year her best friend decided to be a cheerleader. Club membership is down to the oddballs. Home is no better. Her dad is distant. Seeing the Beatles live in concert will help her get back with her dad and reestablish herself at school. Dad buys four tickets, then finds out he has to go on a work trip. Mom hates driving far. How can Trudy get to Take a step back in time to the real Beatlemania. Last year Trudy Mixer was the president of the most popular club in school: the Beatles Fan Club. This year her best friend decided to be a cheerleader. Club membership is down to the oddballs. Home is no better. Her dad is distant. Seeing the Beatles live in concert will help her get back with her dad and reestablish herself at school. Dad buys four tickets, then finds out he has to go on a work trip. Mom hates driving far. How can Trudy get to the concert? Who will go with her? Filled with references to popular Beatles songs and rich with period references, this book is a wonderful coming of age story for Beatles fans as well as fans of historical fiction. I'm definitely getting this book for my middle school library. Netgalley supplied me with and ARC which did not influence my review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    I enjoyed She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah). It was like stepping back into the mid 1960s. Ann Hood nailed the hysteria surrounding the Beatles Invasion. She also got the whole social scene from that time period just right. I liked the way each chapter was titled by lyrics from a Beatles song. But mostly I liked the coming of age aspects. Trudy is figuring out who and what is important to her, and the emotions she experiences in this book are spot on. My one hesitation/concern is whether or not S I enjoyed She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah). It was like stepping back into the mid 1960s. Ann Hood nailed the hysteria surrounding the Beatles Invasion. She also got the whole social scene from that time period just right. I liked the way each chapter was titled by lyrics from a Beatles song. But mostly I liked the coming of age aspects. Trudy is figuring out who and what is important to her, and the emotions she experiences in this book are spot on. My one hesitation/concern is whether or not She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) will appeal to today's middle school student. Will they know enough about the Beatles to really get this book? I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

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