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The Girl Who Became a Beatle

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  232 ratings  ·  80 reviews
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah!

When Regina Bloomsbury's band, the Caverns, breaks up, she thinks it's all over. And then she makes a wish—"I wish I could be as famous as the Beatles."

The Beatles are her music idols. The next day, she gets up to find that the Caverns are not just as famous as the Beatles, they have replaced them in history! Regina is living like a rock sta
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by Feiwel & Friends (first published January 4th 2011)
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Melissa (i swim for oceans)
The Girl Who Became a Beatle follows the story of teenage Regina Bloomsbury. Above all else, Regina is a musician, and when her band, The Caverns, breaks up, she’s devastated. On a whim, Regina makes a wish…wishing that The Caverns could have been as famous as the Beatles. She didn’t count on having a fairy godmother there to grant her wish. The Caverns are suddenly more famous than the Beatles ever were. In fact, the Caverns replaced the Beatles in history, and Regina is thrust into a world of ...more
Melissa
Regina is a musician just trying to keep her band together and find at least one paying gig. As the band breaks up with two of the musicians off to play for another band, Regina makes a wish to be as famous as her favorite band, the Beatles. That would solve everything, right? The next morning she finds that her wish came true by a mysterious fairy godmother. She has 3 days to make a decision. Does she want to spend the rest of her life in this alternate reality or go back to her life as she kne ...more
Trish
One of the ways I judge how much I like a book is if I can see it as a movie. I think that speaks to how well the writing works to take the story and the characters out of the flatness of the page and make them more dimensional, more life-like. With my favorite, favorite books that concept goes one step further; either I want to live in the world the author has created and be friends with all the characters or I feel like I do live there and the characters are my friends already.

So, having said
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Katie
Jan 20, 2011 Katie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arcs
The Girl Who Became A Beatle is an entertaining twist on the “fairy godmother” story. Greg Taylor writes a light-hearted tale of first taste of fame in this book where down-on-her-luck Regina Bloomsbury makes a wish that her ex-band would be as famous as the Beatles, and instead, ends up replacing The Beatles in history.

It’s a weird concept, but it makes for a great story. Regina is thrown into the world she’s always wished for; her band, The Caverns, have replaced the Beatles and their songs. S
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Cate
Jun 24, 2015 Cate rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens who have good taste in music
Recommended to Cate by: my favorite librarian!
I LOVE THE BEATLES!!
In this book, this silly girl, Regina, thinks that her band is totally awesome and whatever. And then, they break up. She goes home all pouty and upset, I guess because her life depended on this band. So she wishes she was as popular as her all time favorites, The Beatles.

Silly billy, be careful what you wish for! She soon finds out that she is not only as popular as the Beatles, but she has completely erased them from history! Whoops! She's got about a week or so (its been
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Alison
For starters, I am a huge Beatles fan, so the title intrigued me. Was this about how the Beatles' fame and fortune affected their wives/girlfriends? Or an alternate-history novel where the Beatles had a fifth member, a girl? While I would gladly read either of those books, The Girl Who Became a Beatle is the tale of Regina, a high-school girl and fellow Beatles fan who makes a wish that her band was as famous as the Beatles. She wakes up the next morning to find that her band has replaced the Be ...more
Leah (Jane Speare)
I am a total Beatles fan, and this book was filled with cool facts about them; So, to paraphrase the song, I think the book is calling out- Please, Please Read Me! Honestly, I didn't plan to, but I read the whole book in one sitting. It has a sort of Freaky Friday vibe, and pretty engaging characters. I thought the whole plot line was very creative and original, cute and somewhat funky. Overall a good read, and I am recommending it to all my friends, and anyone who likes music in general, becaus ...more
Joshua
Love the beatles, loved the cover... Felt ordinary and been done, just a vehicle for beatles love... Killer pizza was so good, and this was a 2.5 star average book... Just my 2 cents.
Alan
Aug 12, 2015 Alan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Newly-minted Beatlemaniacs, if such animals exist
Recommended to Alan by: John Scalzi (http://whatever.scalzi.com/2011/02/15...)
The Girl Who Became a Beatle really does have a fantastic premise. Teenager Regina Bloomsbury, a modern-day Beatles fanatic being raised by her dad in small-town America, wakes up one December morning to find that the Fairy Godmother she didn't even know she had has just granted her deepest wish.

No, Gina hasn't actually become a Beatle (the book's title turns out to be misleading), but her high-school cover band the Caverns (named after Liverpool's famous Cavern Club, naturally), has somehow rep
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Eric Juneau
WARNING: This book does not contain The Beatles. This is more like "The Girl Who Became a Pop Diva". She gets wish fulfillment for no real reason, has typical band problems, wants to be a leader and no one likes her for it. She starts getting bossy, but experiences no consequences. She starts out liking a boy, but then life becomes too perfect. In her alternate universe, she has a boyfriend from "The O.C.", creative control, a $12 million mansion, a life in L.A. instead of podunk midwest, Grammy ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Regina Bloomsbury has just had a very bad day. Two members from her band, The Caverns, have decided to join another band. The news is devastating to Regina. The band is her life, she loves playing music. In that moment of frustration and sorrow comes a wish, “I wish I could be as famous as the Beatles.” The next morning Regina awakens to find herself in the middle of her wish. Not only is she as famous as the Beatles, she has replaced them! Their songs are her songs. She is famous and rich. She ...more
Laura
Regina Bloomsbury is just your typical Beatles fangirl. Except that she's not a child of the 60's. Regina is a Millenial child who's parents' love of all things Beatles transferred to her at birth. She even named her own band The Caverns after the night club where the Beatles got their start. Unfortunately Regina's fab four isn't so fab. Actually, Julian (guitar) is frustrated with Regina & Lorna (bass) & Danny (drums) just quit because they don't think that Regina can get them the real ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Simply enough, the Beatles connection appealed to me.

This is a modern day fairy tale. Regina Bloomsbury, ultra-major Beatles fan & collector has her own band, aptly named The Caverns. The Caverns are about to fall apart at the seams and Regina wishes she were as famous as The Beatles one night in bed. The next morning she awakes to find herself the lead singer of The Caverns, an explosive new band on the scene, up for 8 Grammy nominations. Regina is famous and has the lif
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Lauren
Feb 02, 2011 Lauren added it
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Because of all the good reviews I had been reading for this one and the fact that I loved another novel involving the Beatles, I truly thought I would enjoy this one, but sadly enough that did end up happening, instead I got a novel that while had a great premise, also had a choppy story line and lackluster main characters that I had the hardest of times connecting to.

To Regina, the most important thing her life would have to be the Caverns, her band and the thing she pours all her energy into,
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Gmr
Feb 28, 2011 Gmr rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young adults, adults
Recommended to Gmr by: Feiwel and Friends
Can you imagine reaching the heights of fame, fortune, and notoriety that your greatest musical (or otherwise) idol has? Regina can and she wants it so much not only for herself but her entire band…she can taste it. Her dream? To reach the super stardom realm of infamy inhabited by the Beatles…her absolute favorite band. After one of the worst days of her life, Gina (as she’s known to her friends and family) makes an arbitrary wish, the results of which she won’t soon forget. One moment, utter u ...more
Book Sp(l)ot
At some point, we've all probably made an off hand wish or two (or fifty) that, if it actually came true, would drastically change our lives.

For Regina Bloomsbury, that wish is : “I wish I could be as famous as the Beatles.”

Lead singer of The Caverns and absolutely all about music, Regina's world is falling apart when she makes her wish--or really, her remark; two of the band's other three members are threatening to leave the Caverns for a rival band. Not knowing what to do to save her band, Bea
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Kelly Hager
Regina’s life is music. Her band, The Caverns, is basically an homage to the Beatles (her favorite band). They play other covers and sometimes originals, but really? Beatles cover band. Unfortunately, two of her bandmates (Lorna and Danny) want to quit and her crush, Julian, might join them. That night, she wishes that she could be as famous as the Beatles…and it comes true.

Now the Caverns have replaced the Beatles. Regina and the others are the biggest rock stars in history. She has a week (mor
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Lisa Nocita
Superficial, fantasy-islandesque story about a teenaged girl who wishes that she and her band were as famous as the Beatles. Her wish is granted and she has seven days to try out this new fantasy life, one in which the Beatles never existed at all and she and the band perform all of their songs to great acclaim. She gets to experience fame and being a celebrity with all its trappings and pitfalls before finally deciding to which life she really belongs aided by a benign but absentee "fairy godmo ...more
Lauren
he Girl Who Became a Beatle tells the tale of Regina 'Gina' Bloomsbury. Her father introduced her to the Beatles at a young age, and she's loved them ever since. When he band, the Caverns, is on the verge of breaking up, Regina wishes she could be as famous as the Beatles. From that day on, the Caverns replace them. There is no such thing as the Beatles anymore! Regina has to choose between staying in this fantasy world filled with luxury and fame, or returning to her old life.

Greg Taylor took a
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Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Clean, fun read. Creative premise. May get kids interested in Beatles' music.
Cons: Very light fable. Some inconsistencies (see review). Predictable ending/moral.
Will appeal to: Those who love modern fables and dream of stardom.

First off, despite my rating, this is not a bad book. It just turned out to be much more juvenile than I thought it was. And predictable too - but still there is some fun to have along the way.
Regina is comm
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Dominique
This was such a fun read!
As a Beatles fan (who isn't?), it was fun to read about Regina's obsession with them, references to them, and, best of all, (view spoiler). I read this while we were on a family trip to Seattle, WA, as well. Yes, I knew that, by the basic summary if it, it would be predictable of how it would end, but... they're like the Beatles!
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While enjoying her trip to L.A., Regina also learns some lessons along the way, about love, f
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Aditi P.
This book was amazing! It was really slow at the beginning and I was about ready to drop it, but I'm so glad I kept reading. This book really showed me how you really have to read a full 50 pages before you decide on a book.

The Girl Who Became a Beatle is about a girl named Regina who is in a band called the Caverns. All she wants is for her band to be known and loved by everyone but, of course there's that one band who is better and more well known than her. Two members of her band were offered
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Nancy
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah!

When Regina Bloomsbury’s band, the Caverns, breaks up, she thinks it’s all over. And then she makes a wish—

“I wish I could be as famous as the Beatles.”

The Beatles are her music idols. The next day, she gets up to find that the Caverns are not just as famous as the Beatles, they have replaced them in history! Regina is living like a rock star, and loving it. There are talk shows, music videos, and live concerts with thousands of screaming fans. And Regina is th
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Sarah
The Girl Who Became a Beatle by Greg Taylor is a bit of an odd story. Though a contemporary setting, it has a few magical elements that are not really explained, they are just taken as fact in this world. Fairy Godmother transporting Regina to an alternate universe? So be it. The point is not to question how this happens, rather to indulge in what would happen if the Beatles never came into existence. Instead, Regina's band, The Caverns, were the creators of all thing Beatle-mania. Forget John, ...more
Catrin
Er.

Thanks, but no thanks.

This book is a little example of How Not To Write A Book. While the plot was mildly intriguing, the general plotline was not far from being a fanfiction. I mean, who hasn't wanted their wish, just that one wish, whether it is to be skinny or pretty or smart or in this case, successful to come true instantly? Who doesn't want instant success? Who doesn't want to be the way the Beatles are?

(Okay, I'm not a huge fan of the Beatles, but I do like Let It Be quite a bit)

The
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Laura
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Lewis Buzbee
I loved this book. What could have been a trite send-up of celebrity becomes in Taylor's funny, swift prose, a very moving, inventive, and deep look at how we decide who we are. In this case, it's Regina Bloombsbury, whose high school basement band The Caverns is on the verge of breaking up. So, she makes a wish, to be as famous as The Beatles, and, thanks to a wonderfully deadpan Fairy Godmother, ends up in a universe where Regina's band has replaced The Fab Four. She has a week to decide wheth ...more
Dodie
An interesting story with a very unique twist on the "wishes can come true" plot. After a terrible day at school involving the break-up of her band, The Caverns, Regina Bloomsbury declares that she wishes she was as famous as The Beatles, her all-time favorite band. When she wakes up the next day, she is stunned to discover that The Caverns have replaced the Beatles in the rock and roll world. It's a trippy experience for Regina as she slowly discovers who her boyfriend is (now... ), what songs ...more
Drucilla
Jun 16, 2015 Drucilla rated it 3 of 5 stars
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For the most part, this is your typical run-of-the-mill wish fulfillment story, but the Beatles flavor added a little something special to it. There were a few ridiculous things (c'mon Regina, amnesia?! That's the best you can do?), but I liked the idea of "the fairy godmother" and this new world. (view spoiler)
Brian Carr
Sure, the "teenage wish comes true" story has been done often, but this one was just different enough to keep me reading. There is also an element that I don't remember seeing in any other story involving others making similar wishes that I found interesting. I'm sure some will find flaws in the story, but I really enjoyed "The Girl Who Became a Beatle."
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Greg Taylor is the author of the young adult and middle-grade novels The Girl Who Became a Beatle, Killer Pizza, and Killer Pizza: The Slice. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Penn State University and started out his career as a professional drummer, before moving to Los Angeles to become a screenwriter. His screenwriting credits include Jumanji, Harriet the Spy, Prancer, and Th ...more
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