Welcome all to my first blog review 🙂
On the surface Beatle meets Destiny is a pretty simple story : boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy already has girlfriend, *YAWN* but once you get into the meat of the story, it is so much more than that.
The book centres on a boy, John “Beatle” Lennon and a girl he meets at the bus station on Friday the 13th, Destiny McCartney. Beatle and Destiny are pretty ordinary teenagers in year 12: Beatle has a twin sister, Winsome (that was actually born 6 weeks after him because he was born premature due to an accident his mother had), a kooky superstitious hippie mother, a couple of close friends, a girlfriend called Cilla (which happens to be his sisters best friend), he walks with a limp and is wanting to get into film school; Destiny is one of nine kids all with names that “mean” something (Grace, Prudence, Patience, Frank, Faith, Charity, Hope, Destiny of course and Ernest), the daughter of stylish parents, she also has a couple of close friends, writes a regular “joke” horoscope column and excels at Art. They both live in Melbourne, Australia but Beatle’s family is in a poor-middle class area and Destiny’s live in a huge grand house in Kew.
The narrative swaps between the two lives, broken up occasionally with documentary interviews with twins which makes sense at the end of the story (I’m not giving it away 😉 ). The pages involving Beatle and Destiny are printed with the occasional coffee ring or spot, which makes for a very quirky and casual look, and the pages on the twin interviews are printed with bold stripes on the corners, somewhat like the cover, which gives the different parts distinction.
The differing families of the two as well as Beatle’s guilt over already having a girlfriend gives the story a satisfying “star-crossed lovers” feel, but it’s not just about their relationship. The book explores themes of friendship and family, “accidental” relationships, superstitions and destiny, being a twin, and being young and getting into trouble. It is a simple story but with plenty happening, so it soon becomes addictive and enjoyable reading. it also has an effortless, young humor to it that I really enjoyed. I think it would be a great book for teens, especially those of a similar age, and it could easily be a lighthearted addition to an English curriculum.
I give Beatle meets Destiny By Gabrielle Williams: