From School Library Journal
Gr 8-11–Australian high school senior Beatle (real name: John Lennon. Really.) is superstitious enough to head home early on Friday the 13th. There's a greater likelihood of a car accident on that night and he doesn't want to push his luck by staying out late. Also waiting for the tram is Destiny (last name: McCartney. Really.). The pair decide that fate has brought them together and go for ice cream. The relationship blooms, or would, if not for Beatle's trusting girlfriend, Cilla, who happens to be best friends with his twin sister. Destiny has her own problems, related to purloined art materials, her astrology column in the local paper, and a job listing answered out of boredom that quickly turns creepy. The main story–Beatle and Destiny's budding relationship and Beatle's own entanglements–is a sweet, if complicated and ill-timed, romance, but the thread of the narrative gets lost at times amid interviews with twins, including Beatle and his sister, for a documentary and the constantly shifting focus from Beatle to Destiny. Still, the disparate plot points come together in a reasonably satisfying conclusion. An additional purchase for teens looking for a light romance with a smattering of drama.–Brandy Danner, Wilmington Memorial Library, MA. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
*Starred Review* He is Beatle because his name is John Lennon. She is Destiny McCartney. Their meeting is unexpected and intense and perfect and romantic. It’s not until several chapters later that readers learn there’s an impediment in the form of a girlfriend, Cilla, who happens to be best friends with Beatle’s twin, Winsome. Oh, and even though they’re twins, he was born 45 days early, so their sun signs are different. And BTW, Destiny writes a horoscope column. Williams, a Melbourne native (where this book is set), crosses continents with ease in a book that’s deliciously plotted, crossing story lines as delicate as the chair embroidered by Wallis Simpson, which Destiny steals from her neighbor, albeit unintentionally. Although it does lead to the woman’s death. In the hands of a less-talented writer, this might seem crammed. (Have I mentioned Beatle’s stroke? The movie about twins?) Here, it’s just the sort of jumble that can happen in the course of a year. Filled with superstitions and portents, and lots of fun. Grades 8-12. --Ilene Cooper