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Get Back, Imagine...Saving John Lennon

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Imagine going back in time and befriending The Beatles at the height of their fame. Imagine seeing “the boys” interact onstage and off, hanging out with them in the dance clubs of London, visiting John & Paul at Paul’s house across from Abbey Road Studios.

Imagine all the questions they’d ask when they learn you’re from the future – questions about how music is recorded, w
Paperback, 1, 268 pages
Published October 1st 2015 by Park Slope Publishing (first published September 30th 2015)
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Get Back is an imaginative time travel story with a large focus on the Beatles.

17 year old Lenny suddenly has the ability to time travel to points in time that have to do with music from the 60's and 70's. He has to wrestle with current time issues as well as whether he should try to change anything in the past. He ends up spending a lot of time with the Beatles and struggling with the issue of John's assassination.

It was entertaining to watch Lenny spend time with The Beatles throughout thei
Lenny Funk (given name: Lennon) is able to time travel thanks in part to his grandfather’s old iPod Nano which is loaded with classic music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Together with new friend Yoko (yes, she’s named after that Yoko), Lenny “time slips” backwards to a world he thought he’d missed where he meets some of his musical heroes, including the Beatles, Jim Morrison and James Taylor, among others. Lenny must make some difficult and heart-breaking decisions. Should he change the course of hist ...more
Tine’s Reviews
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While I’m reading this book the first thought that came to me is the movie of “Back to the Future”. There’s a similarities between this two. Right from the start I never got bored and it’s a page turner. Actually you can finish this within a day or two because it’s not too long. Fun, Cute, and a whole lot of Adventure, that’s how I describe this book.

It’s about Lenny Funk loves music he loves the classics and his favorite band is the Beatles. He actually plays a guitar. And when the accident ha
Dec 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I have to say that this book really intrigued me. I’m not a big Beatles fan, but I do love their song and find them fascinating. This book is the tale of a modern teenager who finds himself able to go back in time to certain eras according to what music he is listening to. I loved that concept! I was eating it up. I thought it was a bit predictable from the beginning until the ending – it completely took me by surprise, which I always really enjoy in a book when I don’t see it coming! A criticis ...more
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun book about two teenagers who travel back in time to meet the Beatles. It's all light-hearted until John asks about his future and the teens set off on the adventure of a lifetime to stop John's murder.

A fascinating glimpse into what might have happened had John lived. Would he have gotten back together with Paul? Stayed with Yoko? Divorced her? And, if so, who might he have married?

Lenny (named after John Lennon) and his girlfriend Yoko are delightful guides back to the past. I th
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
When Lenny busked in the New York City subways, he meets a singer named Yoko. At their debut performance, Lenny gets into a fight with a heckler and suffers a brain injury. Lenny's injury and a magic iPod from his grandpa give Lenny supernatural powers. When Lenny listens to a song he travels to an event that connects to that song. True to their namesakes, Lenny and Yoko love the Beatles and visit the Beatles at important points in Beatles history. Further, many other classic rock stars make cam ...more
Carolyn Slaven
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young adults, baby boomers, music fans, Beatles fans
Recommended to Carolyn by: baby boomer
The reviews for this book are all over the place so I decided to check it out for myself. Here's what I think: it's a fun, fast-paced book into a world I only wish existed, a world where I could go back in time and visit with the Beatles and maybe, just maybe, stop tragic events from happening. As nearly everyone says, this novel is a FUN READ. Is it literature? Nope but so what? I've read so many many literary novels where there is no plot. It is refreshing to read one that is full of plot and ...more
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This time traveling tale was a fun read! The Beatles were so popular back then and now with their music streaming on the internet for all to hear, this book comes at the perfect time for teens. The author did a wonderful job at keeping the culture of the past and future together in one funny book. The author does a fabulous job of getting the personalities of the Beatles.

Lenny travels back in time with a girl name Yoko to meet the Beatles. But Yoko has ulterior motives! The plot comes together a
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Although this is technically a YA book and has teens as the main characters, I think the publishers would be better off marketing this to adults my generation and older who enjoy classic rock, especially the Beatles. Some teens may like classic rock, but I think that is a narrower fan base for teens today. My 72 year old mother grew up in Liverpool and saw the Beatles play at the Cavern Club back then. This book was a fun read for me, as it gave me a taste of the excitement of those days. I told ...more
Read InAGarden
Nov 14, 2015 rated it liked it
To me this book is well written but written for a small audience - one of teens who love music from the 60's and one of baby boomer adults who read young adult books. It's a fun book about time travel but many teens will not get the 1960's pop cultural references - which make up so much of the book. After being hit on the head, Lenny is able to travel through time (with the help of a iPod). He travels back and meets several 1960's music icons and alters the course of history more than once.
Dec 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Time travel Beatles fan fiction that captures the interior narrative voice of a modern teenage boy as well as the characters of the Beatles.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2016
Note: There may be a few Beatles-related puns and song references cleverly placed throughout this review.

In my life, I've read a number of books about time travel, and Get Back is pretty different from the rest. I've always been a fan of the Beatles, especially in the past months, and when I saw this book on NetGalley, I couldn't help but place a request. Yes, I wasn't sure what to expect, since I've seen varied opinions on this book, but my Beatles obsession got the better of me. I finished thi
Fila Trece (Liantener)
No tengo costumbre de leer autores nuevos, a menos que su obra venga muy recomendada. Sin embargo esta vez no pude evitar la tentación: Los Beatles,Viaje en el Tiempo, trama similar a la obra de Stephen King, y con un precio de regalo en Kindle ... irresistible.
Como indica el título, trata de un adolescente que toca la guitarra en el metro de Nueva York, y que conoce una joven cuya abuela fue corista de los Beatles. Cuando un accidente le da la habilidad de viajar en el tiempo comienza a experim
Tanya Grech Welden
Nov 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was really excited about reading this book. To begin with I am a huge Beatles fan, but more than that, I loved the cover and the pitch for this book. Very well done on this account.

However, despite struggling with it (for 33 pages) I decided to give it a miss. The story has potential. A brilliant premise that promised so much, yet even in the first few pages it became clear that this was never going to deliver. Where did it go wrong? I didn't believe it. Not just the explanation for the tim
Nov 04, 2015 rated it liked it
What would 2015 have looked like if John Lennon were still alive? Would fans be relishing the new music he was producing? What would the pop/rock landscape looked like? Had he not died on that night in 1980, would America have a different outlook on gun control? All of these questions are posed in Get Back, a time-traveling romp through the Swinging Sixties and more.

Lenny Funk plays guitar in the subway and he loves the classics—the Stones, Dylan, James Taylor and the Beatles. When he meets a l
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good time-travel book, and "Get Back" did not disappoint. Lenny is spending the summer with his grandpa and his grandpa's husband, both named Joe; while his mother is in Ohio tending to a sick family member. While performing on the subway with his guitar, he suffers some injuries that alters a few things in his brain. Between the injury and the gift of an ipod from Joe with some great music, Lenny quickly discovers his new talent. Lenny soon learns, that altering past events changes the ...more
Lisa Bentley
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love The Beatles. As a Liverpudlian – born and bred – I find books that are about the fab four to be really entertaining and I guess I find it titillating when my hometown is referenced. Alongside those reasons, I also thought the concept of Get Back by Donovan Day sounded interesting.

If you could go back in time and save someone, would you?

It is a question that people get asked but usually it is Hitler put as the subject of the question. Would you kill Hitler if you had the chance? Get Back i
Sage Collins
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-review, kindle
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review, via NetGalley

Who doesn't love the Beatles? Even generations beyond, I believe teens know enough about the Beatles that they could enjoy a novel about time traveling to meet the Beatles. Certainly Glee believed that today's teens could get excited by oldies. So while it's a little surprising that Lenny and Yoko (the main character and love interest in Get Back) have such an encyclopedic knowledge of the oldies music scene, I forgave i
Nov 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book. Really. Time traveling ipod is totally my thing. I am a huge Beatles fan. This book said awesome to me before I opened it. However, it is not awesome. The writing is choppy, except when someone famous is talking. The voice that Mr. Day captures of the Beatles themselves is spot on but everyone else sounds exactly the same. The premise of time travel is totally fine, but the rules bend and break here. If you disappear when you time travel, why does your grandpa hear yo ...more
Adam Busuttil
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I got this book as a review copy. I have to say I loved it. I am a bit of a Beatles freak so all the added trivia and musical knowledge was great. I also loved the time travel aspect. The story was well developed, creative, and original. This would be fun to read with the family. It would give a younger generation a chance to be introduced to The Beatles.
Dec 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
I could not get past page 53. It was as though I went back in time to my 12-year-old self and said, "throw out everything you know about writing and time travel, which is almost nothing, and write a time travel book. Oh, and forget about logic and consistency as well."
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Trying to break in to this writing business and doing the best I can.

I hope you'll check out my first novel, a young adult time travel adventure featuring a 17 year old lovesick kid who falls for a girl named Yoko (no, not THAT Yoko).

Follow Lenny and Yoko on the adventure of a lifetime as he tries to save John Lennon!

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