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She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  474 ratings  ·  157 reviews
Best-selling author Ann Hood tells the story of a girl swept up in the heart of 1960s Beatlemania. Written in her signature prose, Hood weaves a tale of four misfit friends who set off to see the Beatles' final world tour, each harboring a secret hope. What emerges is a sincere and funny story of growing up, making unexpected connections, and following your dreams even as ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Penguin Workshop (first published June 6th 2018)
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Stephanie Fitzgerald
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Middle-grade readers, teachers, and fans of the Fab Four!
This book was a pure joy to read! I had watched Yesterday the night before and loved it; Beatles songs were still running in my head! The author brought this story to life with wonderful details of the 60s time period, including very interesting trivia about the Fab Four.

Memorable Quotes:
(Pg.105)-A perfect Saturday was to walk around the mall, touch everything at Spencers Gifts, pretend to look at Waldenbooks, but really look at the cute boy that worked there, pretend to look at records but
Kelly Hager
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am currently enjoying quite a slew of great books. This one is no surprise because everything I've read by Ann Hood has been completely amazing.  This is middlegrade, though (everything else I've read by her has been adult fiction or nonfiction) and I know that's a different skill set. 

Can I just say that this book is complete magic? I'm too young to have experienced the Beatles live, but this book was so evocative, I actually felt like I was there. (Should it ever come up on Jeopardy!, John
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
Cute coming of age about a girl's quest to meet Paul McCartney after a concert. Fast paced. Good dialogue. Sweet plot. Also, I enjoyed each chapter's name stemming from a Beatles tune.

Ms. Yingling
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ARC from ALA Midwinter

It's 1966, and Trudy Mixer is having a hard time at the end of the school year. Her best friend, Michelle, is morphing into a lipstick wearing, Twiggy haircut sporting cheerleader, her father is so involved in his work that he doesn't spend much time with her, and her Beatles' Fan Blub has gone from being the biggest group in the school to having only four members. Not only that, but a substitute teacher uses her real name, Gertrude, and people start calling her that all
Cindi (Utah Mom’s Life)
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Review originally posted on my blog :

I didn't know what I was in the mood for, so last night I sat down with a stack of books and the intent to read a few pages of each. I started with She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) by Ann Hood. Before I knew it, I was over halfway finished with this lovely and endearing novel. It's intended audience is middle grade children but this Beatles fan was immediately enraptured.

Trudy Mixer is the president of the Robert E.
Diane Payne
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a quick read for adults, especially for those of us who remember watching "The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show." For middle school teachers, this could be a fun book to use in the classroom because 1) you get to expose them to The Beatles music; 2) learn about Vietnam War/President Johnson/Lady Bird; 3) discuss friendships/families/feeling left out/ working towards goals; 5) learn how to read bus and subway schedules, and 6) feminism and hippies. Fun book!
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If not for the Litsy Markup Postal Book Club I would never have read this book. But I am glad that this book was chosen. It was a lot of fun. A little slow to start, but it made for great conversation in my library who lived through the British Invasion.

This book is all about one girls quest to meet the Beatles. While she thinks its just for Paul, there is so much going on in the background of not only her life, but her friends lives as well that seeing the Beatles becomes this goal that will
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, young-adult
This was a really cute, fast read. I was pleasantly surprised when the main character was from my home state, as being from Rhode Island, we dont often find our little state represented in fiction much. The Beatles being the main focus of the book was lovely. My only real, big complaint with the book was the main character was often a bit self absorbed, selfish and judgmental for me, but I did keep reminding myself that she was in junior high school so that I could get over that. This one is ...more
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, first of all, GEORGE IS MY FAVORITE BEATLE. The anti-George-ness of this book was killing me! (view spoiler) What's the deal, Ann Hood?!?!?

I have to admit, I was going to knock off a star for the anti-George-ness, but I just couldn't after that cute ending.

This is a book about friendship, growing up, growing apart, and yes, the Beatles.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too cute by half. This one didn't work for me. I found it facile, too predictable by half. The characters weren't terribly different from one another, and I found myself wondering which of the girls was which more than once.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really cute; I loved it!
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"This story on some levels is my story of loving a boy band so so much, and I loved the feeling that I got when reading this book because of it. Exhilarated and nostalgic."

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Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently, my kids attended a special kids event at our local Barnes and Noble. During this event, a few books were being touted. One of the others, I also actually read and thoroughly enjoyed. The other that caught my attention was She Loves, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.


Because it was set in the turbulent 1960s decade. Plus, it also centered around the extremely popular 1960s music group, The Beatles. Specifically my own favorite from The Beatles, Paul McCartney. What can I say? But that I am a sucker
Elizabeth Majka
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-ya
A sweet middle-grade novel about a girl named Trudy Mixer that has big dreams - and loves The Beatles. I enjoyed this book, which brings the reader back to 1966, a time when the world was changing and uncertain. But the Fab Four made their mark on society, pop culture, and the hearts of many a music lover. This book had characters you'll wish were your middle school friends, and I rooted for a happy ending for all of them.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great middle grade book! I'm not sure how kids today will identify with it, but at 37 years old, I really enjoyed it. I was born in 1980, so I completely missed Beatle-Mania, however I loved all the references to the 60's, and the author does an amazing job of setting the scene. When you pick up this book, you feel as though you're right there in Warwick, RI in 1966 during one of the worst heat waves since the 40's.

Trudy Mixer is in that rough in-between age of 12. Things around her
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in 1966 amidst the Vietnam War, the rise of feminism, and Beatlemania, 12 year old Trudy Mixer feels lost. Her best friend has drifted into the popular crowd, her dad got a promotion and is too busy for her, and her Beatles fan club at school has dwindled down to 3 other kids. When Trudy finds out that the Beatles will be playing a concert in Boston, just 60 miles from her, she is determined to meet Paul McCartney (in her opinion, the best Beatle) and elevate herself to cool status again, ...more
Twelve-year-old Trudy is proud to be the president of the Beatles fan club (the most popular club) at her school, but as time goes on, most members drop out, including her best friend. Only three members remain, and they're weird.

Her dad buys four tickets to a Beatles concert in Boston (an hour away), and then can't take her. Her mother breaks her leg and can't take her. She decides she and the three remaining club members will secretly go by themselves. Cue them each having a reason to go and
Sue Seligman
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an adorable book! I took this book out of the library thinking it would be an adult trip down memory lane during the 1960s when the Beatles ruled the airwaves but the country was in turmoil. What I found is a book geared towards tweens and teens but with so many references of this time period that those of us who grew up during this time period would have a hard time casting it aside. I love the story of Trudys struggles with popular cliques and the outcasts, similar to my own back in the ...more
Jean Moore
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No one does period detail like Anne Hood. Her new childrens-to-adult novel, She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah), presents a first-person narrator, plucky middle-schooler, Trudy (teasingly referred to as Gertrude, to her dismay) Mixer, who is steeped in the innocence of the early 60s. The book is a virtual compendium of mid-60s popular culture references from The Ed Sullivan show to the Ronettes to female consciousness raising to tuna in cream sauce. While the young protagonist and her Beatles fan ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
⭐⭐⭐⭐/5. It took me awhile to really get into this audiobook, but by the end I really loved it. It takes place in 1966 Rhode Island, where twelve-year-old Trudy is swept up in Beatlemania. But when her formerly popular Beatles fan club starts dwindling in numbers, her best friend starts ignoring her, and her father bails on their concert plans for a trip to Japan, she is convinced that she is cursed. The only thing that can save her is to meet Paul McCartney, which cant be that hard, right? ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Even though the Beatles invasion happened over 50 years ago (yikes!), I still remember the night they debuted on the Ed Sullivan show and created a firestorm of hysteria among teens, along with derision by many parents ("those haircuts make them look like girls!" was a common phrase in my house). And this sweet and good-hearted book with a nice message brought all of those memories back.

A fun book that will have teens finding and downloading music from the Fab Four, and perhaps even becoming
Becca Amstutz
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty good read. I felt that the ending was a little under developed. All the issues came out really quickly and weren't dealt with very well. I understand they needed to wrap up the book but I would have liked more.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute! A quick read really. It's definitely a young adult book, but if you're a fan of the Beatles (as I am), I think you'll enjoy this. I had to laugh a little at the fact that it was stated multiple times that no one's favorite Beatle is George. *raises hand* George girl here.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't know what I was expecting, exactly, but She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) exceeded any assumptions I had of what a middle-grade historical novel about a Beatles fan girl would entail.

Ann Hood channels a nostalgic atmosphere for 13-year-old Trudy Mixer's life of heading up the Beatles fan club at her junior high and riding out the waves of tween tumult. The 60's was a different world, and yet it also wasn't so different from today. Change is scary, whether it's in the form of hippies or
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has great themes about friendship and accepting what life gives you, while being centered around a Beatles fan club. Satisfying ending
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a lovely story about accepting and embracing change, colored by the purity of adolescent love for the music and lyrics that can shape their young lives. Would highly recommend.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: popsugar-2018
A cute, fun read. Very typical set of characters.
Emerald Sue
Sometimes we pray for help in accepting what comes our way. That takes a bit of magic, too" -George ...more
Just so sweet and lovely
Anne Marie
For any Beatles fan. Great for grade 6. Nice historical picture of middle school in 60s America. ...more
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Ann Hood is the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting and the bestselling author of The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, Comfort, and An Italian Wife, among other works. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award, and the Paul Bowles Prize for ...more

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