Beatle Meets Destiny, by Gabrielle Williams, takes place in Melbourne, Australia and tells a charming story of teenage love, anxiety about school (both Beatle and Destiny are high school seniors), and the embarrassing and annoying aspects of one’s family. This book is written from the point of view of alternately Beatle and Destiny and the relaxed and witty writing style used by Williams further adds to the feelings of connection between the reader and the characters in the story.
Beatle, whose real name is John Lennon, meets Destiny McCartney (yes, Lennon and McCartney) at a tram station on Friday the 13th. Although there is an instant connection between the two, Beatle feels uneasy about asking Destiny out because he already has a girlfriend, who also happens to be his twin sister’s best friend, and who also happens to have stayed by Beatles side during the stroke that led to his limp leg. Meanwhile, Destiny feels an instant connection with Beatle. He is somewhat mysterious and he uses his wittiness and charm to win her over as opposed the usual “You’re my Destiny” pick-up lines that she had grown so used to hearing. The plot further thickens when Beatle discovers that his sister is secretly dating Destiny’s brother, Frank, who also happens to be their English teacher. Add in stalker, missing cats and undergarments, and the tapestry chair incident (it’s a long story) and trust me, you’re in for a long, but enjoyable ride.
I truly enjoyed Beatle Meets Destiny and it had me both laughing and on the edge of my chair for more until the very last page. Rumor has it that this book has been optioned for a motion picture, and I can’t wait to see the film!
~Alison, Teen Book Reviewer