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Pamela Jean (a.k.a. Star) is sixteen when her mother dies of breast cancer. Star is angry that her mother has died and left her, and nothing seems to make her feel better: Not talking to her shrink. Not playing rock music with her best friend Dooley. Not even listening to her mother's old familiar Beatles albums. It is not until Star finds an unsent letter addressed to Joh ...more
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Peachtree Publishers (first published August 30th 2004)
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Erica Segall
May 27, 2014 Erica Segall rated it liked it
I would recommend the novel Pepperland by Mark Delaney for readers who enjoy a 70’s vintage love story involving heartbreak and depression between two best friends. This novel takes place in a small town located in California. The main character, Star, is a sixteen year old girl who just lost her mother to cancer. Star is so angry at her mother for dying that she doesn’t study, she doesn’t make friends, and she doesn’t listen to her therapist. The only thing that makes her feel better is music a ...more
Simon K.
Nov 13, 2012 Simon K. rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Simon by: No one
Pamela Jean, the main character of this book, just lost her mother to a rare, incurable disease. She is going to therapy and her therapist is recommending her to write a song about her mother. But she cant.

She is suffering a great load of her mother passing away, her school work slipping up, her best friend is getting tormented at school, and above all else her therapist wants her to write a song about the one subject she cant even talk about. Her therapist thinks that she could get closure if s
Emily Argall
Jun 18, 2015 Emily Argall rated it it was ok
Pepperland by Mark Delaney
Book review by Emi Argall
Pepperland is a young adult novel based in early 1980. It is about a girl named Star suffering from mild psychological turmoil after her mother’s death. Star is a sensitive character and through the story one sees her trying to deal with the aftermath of a parent dying as well as the daily life of a typical high schooler.
Pepperland was interesting to me because of the musical knowledge mixed into the plot. The book is littered with musical term
Jennifer Wardrip
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Pamela Jean Cochran, or Star as she would rather be called, lives for her music. After her beloved mother dies, music seems to be the only thing that gets her through the day -- specifically Beatles music. Star's mother loved the Beatles and now their music is all Star has left to remember her by.

When she hears that John Lennon is coming to town, she gives herself a mission. Her mission is to get backstage, meet John Lennon, and giv
Nov 29, 2007 Daniel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young girls who like dramatic YA
Shelves: young-adult
This is a typical YA book, full of pathos, passion, and drama -- mostly ego centric. I don't care for this kind of book, but I understand it's place in YA literature. That in mind, this was a decent book. I enjoyed the attention the young girl had for music. The relationship she had with her friend (who may or may not be gay, it was never clear ... only that he kept insisting he wasn't)was off-beat and took away from the story, though I admit that it lended a sense of realism to the story (life ...more
May 02, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it
I read this book right around the anniversary of my friend's death. He was a family friend, a neighbor, and passed when I was 15. I spent a long year watching him struggle with lung cancer. Our greatest connection was a love for the Beatles, and John Lennon in particular. All of these similar details found in Pepperland made it soothing for my 15 year old self. I only wish it had been around 16 years ago.

This book isn't about the Beatles or John Lennon... It's about human connection. And a time
Mar 12, 2008 Shanna rated it liked it
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This book is quick read. Its about a young girl named Pamela Jean but she calls herself Star learning how to cope with the death of her mother. This is story about self discovery and learning how to go on once someone you love passes on. If you havent guessed from title this is a bit of a homage to the beatles but mostly John Lennon.All the chapters in the book are named after Beatle songs.Its a good book but I would mostly reccomend it to any Beatle and John Lennon fans or to anyone thats just ...more
Apr 03, 2014 Christel rated it really liked it
It was so cute!!! Mark Delany takes a cliche plot and turns it into something fresh and original. I love the use of John Lennon as a a motivating force in the book and the use of flash backs were well placed and managed to add depth to the plot.
Nov 21, 2009 Stephen rated it really liked it
I initially picked it up for the whole Beatles-related storyline, but it probably would've been entertaining without that.
Justine O'Connor
As an homage to the Beatles; Pepperland falls short. Not even as good as the worst Beatles recording.
Aug 13, 2010 Elizabeth rated it liked it
I thought it was ok...without the john lennon/beatles theme, it would have been boring
Aug 18, 2008 Ellie rated it really liked it
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A really unusual story about love, loss, life, and THE BEATLES!!!
Oct 04, 2010 Hayley rated it liked it
Made me think of The Beatles in an entirely new light. Decent read.
Alexandra Walls
May 03, 2010 Alexandra Walls rated it it was amazing
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its a awsome book!!
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What's The Name o...: SOLVED YA about a girl who loves the Beatles [s] 6 29 Jun 13, 2012 10:39PM  
Mark Delaney is the author of the highly acclaimed young adult mystery series, Misfits, Inc. Born in Long Beach, California, Delaney earned a master's degree in comparative literature from the University of California at Irvine. He currently lives outside Nashville, Tennessee, where he teaches high school English.
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“I know from experience that you spend your tears on the big hurts, not the little day-to-day jabs." -Star” 0 likes
“In terms of helping me heal my mind and heart, Dr. Artaud is good, but music is better. She's right when she says that I hide behind music. I sometimes let sound get physical, so that it rings in my ears, and vibrates in my chest and drowns out the unhappy voices in my head. Other times, like right now, music helps me respond to my better voices, the ones that give me a squeeze to the shoulders and a gentle push ahead." -Star” 0 likes
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