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The main character Ellen is well developed. You get to know her and she could easily be the girl next door or your best friend. Not everybody will relate to this book but I think a lot of people will.
It is set in the 1970s to ‘80s, and the underpinning idea that drives the overall story of a girl’s years through adolescence to early adulthood is a love of the music of the Beatles; so it may also appeal to older adults – the now fifty-plus.
The chapters are crafted like short stories, but together they tell a continuing story.
In a few parts there seemed to be a gap and I found myself having to go back a couple of pages to check if I’d missed some explanation. Most books tell too much, but this is one that could do with a little more, at least in some places.
I expect we’ll hear more from this Author in the future.
The story of Ellen and how she handles each predicament in her life by relating it to her favorite Beatles song is handled well by the author. She skillfully shows how music can validate and sooth human emotions and can be the best medicine for what ails us. Ellen handles some pretty tough situations: childhood friendships and first loves fizzling out, estranged family members, domestic violence and sexual harassment in the workplace, yet there are many instances where I found a smile on my face. Humor was used in all the right places to lighten up the dark corners. Ellen was truly a loveable main character and I was drawn to her to the end.
Beatles fan or not, this book has something to offer anyone who loves a good, character-driven story. It was an enjoyable trip back in time!
The sense of adolescent isolation and frustration in the early parts rings true to life - the on/off friendships, the awkwardness with the opposite sex, the preoccupied incomprehension on the part of the parents, the sense of claustrophobia and desire to escape to the big city that will magically bring fulfilment, even the notion that the heroes on the bedroom wall somehow understand and know the answers. What is less typical is the grief over the brother (and fellow Beatles lover) who leaves and never calls. In this light the Beatles become the only remaining link to what may or may not be lost.
The style is natural and smooth and suits the everyman (everywoman?) aspects of the setting and themes. The book as a whole is simple without being simplistic, light without being trivial, and more than value for the almost token price.