Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “I Am (Not) the Walrus” as Want to Read:
I Am (Not) the Walrus
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

I Am (Not) the Walrus

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  41 reviews

Toby and Zack's first gig could make or break their Beatles cover band, the Nowhere Men. But ever since getting dumped by his girlfriend, lead singer Toby can't quite pull off the Beatles' feel-good vibe. When Toby finds a note hidden inside his brother's bass claiming the instrument was stolen, he embarks on a quest to find
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 8th 2012 by Flux Books (first published July 1st 2012)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about I Am (Not) the Walrus, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about I Am (Not) the Walrus

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.31  · 
Rating details
 ·  124 ratings  ·  41 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of I Am (Not) the Walrus
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Also found here.

I love contemporary YA. I love books centered around bands. And I especially love a realistic male voice in books. This book, thankfully, has all three.

Toby is one half of a two-man act playing Beatles songs. He and his band-mate Zach have just landed a gig warming up for a popular local band, but Zach believes that Toby's singing lacks passion. And also that he needs to fix his bass.

Soldering a bass is easy enough to accomplish, but Toby's track record with girls isn't outstand
Jun 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: realistic
If it wasn't for the strong middle, this would get a 2. The beginning and the end were confusing and really didn't make a whole lot of sense. Especially the end. The choices just didnt match what we'd learned about the characters. And then it was just over. Im still not sure it deserves a 3. ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
3.5 stars

Being a huge Beatles fan, I was really intrigued with this book's storyline and the role music played in it. It's not often you come across a YA book that is centered on music, and incorporates the music of one of the best musical groups of all times. Not only that, I love that this book is a modern day contemporary with a good male voice and is set in London. I enjoyed the authenticity of the story, and reading about that UK slang I've heard so much about. For me, the musical element o
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book caught my eye with its Beatles-inspired title; at least I assumed it was inspired by the Beatles given the presence of guitars on the cover. I didn't really know what the story was about, which left me with plenty of room to be surprised.

The story was difficult to get in to, for me, because it opens during a rugby game or practice. I was only able to figure this out with much difficulty as I am not very familiar with the sport; I imagine others will be similarly thrown. But I quickly g
Kristen Harvey
First Impression: It's obvious from the cover that this book is about music and was excited to see the Beatles connection, as I'm a fan (I mean.. who isn't?).

While Reading: I have to say, I fell in love with Toby right off. The fact that he has no idea what he is doing when it comes to sports and girls just made him completely endearing. The girl of interest in this book, Michelle, starts off being standoffish with Toby, calling him quite a few laughable names, but cannot resist liking him even
Emma Thompson
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a Beatles fan, the title immediately caught my attention. I thought I would give it a try, and I'm glad I did. I thought this book was a pretty nice book. Also as a music lover I enjoyed hearing about Toby and Zack using their bass and guitar to jam out to Beatles songs. The action of Toby getting chased by a mysterious but hilariously strange man and the mystery of where the real bass owner who had the note kept me wanting to read more. The slow relationship between Toby and Michelle was swe ...more
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is about two friends that make a beatles cover band. He opens his bass and finds a note saying it was stolen. Will he return it or will he blow it off?I liked this book because of the beatles
Brigid ✩
Feb 19, 2012 marked it as to-read
I am just going to read this because it has a cool cover. Well, okay, I also read the description. But that cover ... dang, I love it.
Anna Gray
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Would have been a 3 star read for me, but the alleged original owner of the bass gave it a bit of a boost.
Madison Quinn
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
pretty good book seeing as I had to read it for school
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
GENRE: Young Adult – Fiction

FORM: eBook – NetGalleys

I’ve had a hard time getting into the book at the beginning. If you don’t catch my attention within the first few pages, look out because I may pass you by! I have way too much to do than to read a semi-interesting book…and yes, I do tend to assume the first few pages will reflect how I feel through the duration.

So I Am (Not) the Walrus started out at a rugby match, and over-description is the feel. I usually like details, but when the author
Story Carnivores
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shaunta's Review:

I have a thing for books about music. Especially if they have settings that take me there. And characters I want to go there with.

I Am (Not) the Walrus was one of those books.

Toby is just a regular kid, with some talent on the bass, a big brother he idolizes (whether said big brother deserves it or not), a crush on a pretty girl, and a mystery to solve. I left this book thinking that Toby is a kid I'd like to know. Good-natured, wanting to do the right thing even if it messes up
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Everyone knows that it’s the good looking jocks that get the girls. There is only one sure fire way around that if you aren’t terribly athletic, and that is to play in a band. But sometimes playing in a band brings more drama than it’s worth. Nahhh, girls are worth it!

Toby is in a two man Beatles cover band with his friend Zack. Zack plays lead and Toby plays Bass, and they are about to play their first gig. But ever since his girlfriend Katrina broke up with him he can’t quite pull off the happ
I wish I could've enjoyed Ed Briant's "I Am (Not) the Walrus" a little more than I did, because the humor and voice of the protagonist - Toby - is very refreshing. I also liked the odes to several Beatles songs and references made through the work. Normally I'm a little put off when there are too many references to music in a work without rhyme or reason, but in this work, it's clear the Beatles have an influence in the lives of the teens it depicts. There's a part of me that still wishes it had ...more
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Upon first discovering I Am (Not) the Walrus, I was expecting something original. The Beatles cover band, a mystery behind a really cool guitar, a little bit romance, how could that not be interesting. Well, it wasn't. Instead, I was board. Everything I mentioned earlier was in the book but it lacked life and a soul. I kept hoping it would pick up but it never did and then it ended on a 'blah' note.

Toby is the bassist in a Beatles cover band with his best friend Zach. Toby's bass is a little fin
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
3/5 stars
Sometimes you enjoy a book but it just doesn't stick out in your mind. I am (NOT) the Walrus", was short, fast paced and very readable. However, it was also not very memorable.

Toby is a shy bass-player, a little stuck on his ex-girlfriend, with some self esteem issues. His family is living in Port Jackson, struggling to stay afloat financially. The only reason he even has a bass is that his brother joined the military and splurged on musical equipment.

Or at least that's what Toby thinks
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it
I really enjoy books about music, and this was no exception. What I particularly like about YA books that deal with teenagers who play in bands is that they often portray how music and the friendship with fellow band mates helps them grow as persons and accept who they are. This was exactly one of the reasons that I enjoyed I Am (Not) The Walrus.

The Beatles-inspired title of the book is no accident, as I Am (Not) The Walrus is the story of Toby who plays bass and is the vocalist in a two-piece B
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, y-a, netgalley, ebook
I Am (Not) The Walrus was a little bit too slow-paced for me. I don't mind a slow paced book if there is something else that grabs me. However, the writing style and the voice of the main character didn't connect with me.

I decided to request this on netgalley because it's title is inspired by The Beatles and also, the main character is in a Beatles cover band. I had a phase during my teenage years where I was completely obsessed with The Beatles(I saved up for The Beatles Anthology DVD set and w
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
I can't remember the exact reason why I wanted t read this book but I thought I best get it read soon and now I wish I never did as I found I was very disappointed.

The cover I love especially with it being simple yet still catches my eye. I never noticed the face outlines in the guitar until actually writing this review which I like that I can see something new each time I see the cover. This cover is eye catching and maybe one of the reasons why I wanted to read the book.

This is my first book w
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone that likes a british male pov and the beatles

I Am Not the Walrus is a fun and easy read. It was not exactly like I thought it'd be after reading the description, which I think makes it sound much more superficial than it really is.

First I have to say how much I'm enjoying all the male pov's I've been reading lately. Toby, the main character here (British accent and all), is adorable in a dorky bass player kind of way. Now, I don't mean anything against bass players at all...I actually love them. The heart and soul of a band and all that. L
As the singer and bass player for Lucky Twenty, a Beatles cover band, Toby wants to make it big. But Zach, Toby’s friend and fellow band member, is convinced there’s a problem: Toby’s utter lack of mojo. How can he croon about love when he’s never even kissed a girl?

So begins Toby’s quest for cred as a lovestruck singer. But his quest derails when he finds a note inside his old bass guitar. Who is the true owner of the bass? And can a kiss really help Toby figure out who he is?

What a delightful
Ms. Yingling
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Growing up in Port Jackson without a dad and with a mum who is struggling to make ends meet, Toby's life is difficult, but he makes do. He and his friend have a Beatle's cover band that they are trying to name (and there are so many fun choices-- The Day Trippers, The Nowhere Men, etc.) and get gigs for. Toby is lucky to be able to use his brother Shawn's equipment, since Shawn is off in the military, but when he finds a note in hi precision bass that it may be stolen, he starts to wonder whethe ...more
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was surprisingly enjoyable. Toby is an adorable, angsty, British band geek. He and his best friend have just been given their first gig. Their Beatles cover band might finally be taking off. Toby has been borrowing his brothers bass and finds a note inside, stating that the guitar is stolen. Toby isn't sure what to do with that information. He wants to keep the guitar, but part of him feels like he should return it. There is also this girl Michelle. When she first met him, she gave him a no ...more
Apr 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: rogue-books
So, as a rather obsessive Beatles fan, as soon as I saw the title of this book, I wanted to read it. I'm glad that I did.

Toby is the singer and bass player in a Beatles cover band, and this book chronicles the drama - both good and bad - that the presence of a beautiful bass brings to his life. Toby's family life is rather complicated, mostly because of his juvenile delinquent-now Military member brother, and his group of friends doesn't extend very far beyond the band he's in because he's a re
Jen  Bigheart
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Music is such a big part of a young person's life, and I love when books let music take center stage. When you throw in Beatles references and UK slang, I'm a little more quick to give the story a try. When Toby thinks his coveted bass is stolen property, he is torn between returning the bass to its rightful owner (if there really is one) or just forgetting what he knows. Things take a turn for the worse when other people start setting their sites on the bass. I really enjoyed the positive frien ...more
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-book, music
When Zach persuades his friend Toby to perform for a gig, Toby is forced to fix his brother's bass which he's been using. Inside he finds a note that the bass, a Fender Precision, was stolen with a name a phone number. Toby is conflicted about what to do, it's a beautiful instrument, his brother Shawn is away in the navy and Shawn told him that he'd bought it. At the same time Toby is persuing a girl whom he bumped, literally, when he almost got hit by a car. Michelle really doesn't like him whe ...more
Dawn Vanniman
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Toby lives with his struggling single mom. His brother is in the military, but left all his music equipment for Toby to use.

Toby and his best friend, Zach, start a Beatles cover band. They're working on a name, maybe The Nowhere Men? He also finds out that his guitar, once used by George Harrison, might be stolen. Toby is funny and sincere while Zach is ALL ABOUT THE BAND.

Then Toby meets a girl, Michelle. Yes, now I'm singing t
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I picked this book up because I love the Beatles, and it looked like a fun read. I did enjoy all of the Beatles references, even when my Pandora station started playing "Can't Buy Me Love" right as Toby and Zack began playing it in the book.

But the problem was, the book is just too predictable. You can see the bad guy coming from a mile away. You have an idea how it is going to all play out before the drama even really gets going. I would have preferred a few more twists, something to keep me o
Erica Rucker
Mar 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I picked this book up because of the title. I'm not really sure what I was expecting from this book, but I definitely wasn't expecting what actually happened. I thought it was a very confusing read. It was pretty strong in the middle but I wasn't sure about the rest. I probably wouldn't recommend it to any of my friends, but it was a good way to pass the time. ...more
Nov 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
I read this in just a few days after the last short book. I chose to read it b/c of the Beatles references and early Beatles songs referenced in the story. But it was pretty shallow but I read it b/c I really didn't have another book to go to. Pretty lame reason to finish a book but that does happen sometimes. There were a few chapters that had potential but just kind of lamed out in the end. ...more
« previous 1 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Free Book Giveaway: Giveaway of I Am (Not) The Walrus 1 4 Jul 03, 2012 10:10PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Paper Parade
  • Gizmo
  • Ready Player Two (Ready Player One, #2)
  • The Black Widow (Gabriel Allon, #16)
  • The Order (Gabriel Allon #20)
  • Muhammad Ali: The Greatest (Gateway Biographies)
  • House of Spies (Gabriel Allon #17)
  • Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last
  • On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
  • The Lost and Found Bookshop
  • Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation
  • To Tell You the Truth
  • One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game that Brought a Divided Town Together
  • Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal
  • The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History
  • The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War
  • Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
See similar books…
Ed Briant is an author, illustrator, and sequential artist, living and working near Philadelphia.
Ed’s mother had always wanted him to become a dentist. Ed’s father had his heart set on Ed becoming an accountant. Not wanting to disappoint either of his parents Ed chose to compromise, believing that a career as an illustrator would combine the thrill of oral examinations with the glamor of adding up

News & Interviews

The idea for The Gilded Ones came to author Namina Forna in a dream. The recurring image was one of a young girl in armor walking up a...
96 likes · 9 comments