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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape; First Edition edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761457232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761457237
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,278,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

From Booklist

*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

Customer Reviews

`Beatle meets Destiny' is really an ode to Melbourne.
Inveterate Beatle fans will immediately pick up on the Beatle references which appear to be applied in a rather heavy handed fashion in this book.
It's an easy read, definitely enjoyable, and I highly recommend it.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alpha Reader on January 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Like the title suggests, Beatle meets Destiny. One night (Friday 13th, to be exact) at a tram stop in Melbourne John Lennon (don't start, his mum was a fan!) aka `Beatle' sees a beautiful girl sitting and reading a book, with sunglasses on. Well, he has to comment.

Destiny Mcartney (don't start, her parents were hippies!) has just had the worst night of her life when a cute guy called `Beatle' delivers a smart-arse comment that gets the ball rolling. And how cosmic that they met on Friday the 13th. Or that he is Lennon to her Mcartney? Or that Destiny's older brother is Beatle's English teacher? Or that they both love Trampoline ice-cream?

What follows is a series of cosmic couplings and meetings between Beatle and Destiny. . . and while their stars keep crossing, both their lives spiral catastrophically out of their control.

Because Beatle actually already has a very nice girlfriend, called Cilla.
And Destiny's brother, Frank, has a potentially disastrous cosmic connection to Beatle all his own. . .

This is a story about meeting. . . again, and again and again. And what happens when coincidence crosses over into real life and we have to deal with the cosmic fall-out.

Gabrielle Williams' debut young adult novel is the Australian answer to `Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist'. Or any Kimya Dawson song. Or `Dazed and Confused'. Think of any book, movie or soundtrack that you read/watched/listened to and thought it touched your young soul and spoke volumes of you and your times. Well, that's `Beatle meets Destiny', in a nutshell. . . and it is glorious.

The story itself is both complex and innocent. This is not a story about sex, drugs and abnormal adolescent behaviour.
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Format: Paperback
Beatle Meets Destiny is young adult fiction. It is about eighteen-year-old John Lennon—not THE John Lennon of the band, The Beatles—but an Australian teenager with a girlfriend, Cilla. But one day he meets seventeen-year-old Destiny. Destiny McCartney. He meets her in February, on Friday 13th—is that good luck or bad luck?

It would seem to be destiny that Lennon and McCartney end up together—but life is not that simple. Cilla is a nice person—a perfect girlfriend, and Lennon, nicknamed Beatle, cannot just dump her to date Destiny. Even though Lennon believes in signs, horoscopes, astrology charts, coincidences, and serendipity.

Besides, Beatle’s twin sister, Winsome, is dating Destiny’s brother Frank. And Lennon doesn’t want Winsome or Frank to mention to Destiny that he is dating Cilla. His mother, an astrology freak, has just presented Cilla with her horoscope chart for the next year—what does it predict? Neither his mother, nor Cilla, is saying anything, except “this will be a year of change.” Cilla is getting suspicious of Lennon anyway. Why is he suddenly acting strange, giving her gifts, and giving her mixed messages?

What Beatle is not telling Cilla is that he is seeing Destiny. And Destiny doesn’t know about Cilla. Awkward!

Throughout the novel, Lennon and his twin sister are taking part in a documentary called Twin Thing, to be screened later in the year, on Friday 13 November. The documentary is a series of interviews with other twins, of all ages and backgrounds—an interesting backdrop to the novel.

While it is easy reading, with some comical writing, there is not enough to take it out of the realms of young fiction into a work of wider appeal.
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Format: Hardcover
This was a hilarious and quirky book!

Beatle's real name is John Lennon, but everyone just calls him Beatle. Destiny's last name is McCartney. Anyone whom is a Beatles fan, would totally get the irony in this. Beatle is very superstitious and Destiny is not sure if her name truly fits her. On Friday, the 13th, their world's collide and all the trouble begins!!!

I actually cannot express how mush I enjoyed this book! I loved the little skits in between the chapters with the different relationships between twins. Also, the fact that Beatle and his sister were interviewed last. I enjoyed Destiny's friends. They were a hilarious group!!! Alsways finding a way to get into trouble. I also really liked the fact that the writer lets you really get into Beatles head, and some of his thoughts are belly laughing funny!

The cover to this book is really eye catching. I loved the red and the hearts. (I am a sucker for hearts)

I would personally like to send out a big THANK YOU to Gabrielle Williams for writing this fun, quirky and fresh book! I would highly recommend it to anyone.
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By Annette Lamb on December 4, 2014
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Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams is a classic "boy meets girl" story full of teen drama, romance, and humor. Set in Australia, this story could have taken place from Toronto to Chicago or London. It would be a dream world to most Americans who don't realize that the drinking age is 18 in many countries and project-based learning rather than testing is the focus of schools.

Someone in my YA reading group identified this as a "popcorn romance". I agree with this description. Lots of teens will be attracted to this type of light romance. However I'm a little concerned the length of the book might scare off the intended "light reading" audience.

While I thought the dialog was witty and the superstitions and coincidences were cute, I found myself skimming through the middle. It would be a great book to read on the beach, but it's not particularly special.
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