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August 2, 2009 posted by Nikki

Beatle Meets Destiny – Gabrielle Williams

There are lots of interesting things about Beatle. His name isn’t really Beatle, for one, but the name ‘Beatle’ is a pretty fitting nickname, since his real name is actually John Lennon – for real. Beatle’s eccentric, astrological crazed mother is a huge fan of the pop group, The Beatles, and I reckon that’s all I need to say about that!

Another interesting thing about Beatle is the fact that he’s a twin, but he’s no ordinary twin. Beatle’s sister, Winsome, was born 45 days after Beatle, making her birthday fall on a completely different day, in a completely different year to Beatle’s. How many twins can say that about themselves?

And then there’s Beatle’s limp. Beatle had a stroke a couple of years ago and his gimp walk is something that is a constant reminder of his ordeal. A stroke sounds like something only old people experience, but Beatle is living proof that old people’s health problems can plague the youthful, too. I reckon all these things together make Beatle one pretty interesting character.

Then, on freaky Friday the 13th, in a remarkable twist of fate, Beatle meets Destiny, and his story gets even more interesting…

Destiny McCartney can’t freaking believe that this Beatle guy’s name is really John Lennon. I mean, come on, how trippy is that? He she is, Destiny McCartney, just minding her own business at the bus stop after a disastrous Friday afternoon, and along comes John Lennon. Of course, he’s not the real John Lennon – the musical genius – but you have to admit, it’s pretty freaky all the same. The irony is certainly not wasted on her, or him, for that matter.

There are lots of interesting things about Destiny, too. She’s the second youngest sibling in a family of nine kids. Although most of her siblings are in their twenties and beyond, a lot of them still live at home. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in a house full of so much chaos!

Another interesting thing about Destiny is that she’s always up for a bit of fun. In a bout of boredom one afternoon, Destiny and her friends answer a ‘Stalker Wanted’ advertisement in their local newspaper, thinking that the person who paid for the advertisement is the one who wants a stalker, but then a whole bunch of crazy things start happening to Destiny and her family and she realises that maybe, just maybe, she’s made a huge mistake. What kind of person answers a ‘Stalker Wanted’ advertisement anyway?

The most interesting thing about Beatle and Destiny, though, is not how much they like each other, but how much their lives are already so intertwined, and they have absolutely no idea. Beatle and Destiny’s freak meeting on that uneventful Friday afternoon proves that maybe fate has a little more control over our lives than we really care to admit. Some people are just meant to be.

Beatle Meets Destiny is a belly aching, hilarious read. Destiny and Beatle are such unique characters and their story is like a breath of very fresh air. Set in Melbourne, Australia, Beatle and Destiny’s story flows effortlessly off the page into what felt like was a real-life drama. This is one book that I think would make a rocking, Indie Australian film. I hope someone out there in film-land thinks the same one day.

This is Gabrielle Williams first novel for young adult and I sincerely hope that it is not her last. I’d recommend this book to anyone, of any age, gender, or nationality.

Rating:: ★★★★½

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  • I was reading through your review and I was thinking this sounds like a really cool story and underneath it all thinking “it’s probably American” and I was in for a good shock when the words said “Melbourne, Australia”! It’ll probably even be at the bookstore for once.

  • wow this looks amazing i really wanna read it …. hope it’s available in bookstores. (fingers crossed)

  • This book is rocking. I’m going to be making an effort to feature more books from Australia, the UK and other places outside of America, while still catering to our US readers (as they’re our dominant group).

    But seriously, this book is one of the best that I’ve read in freaking ages. It was so nice to find a book that doesn’t belong to the Urban Fantasy genre that is so addictive. I simply could not put this down!

  • I’m so glad you loved this book as much as I did. It was such a joy to read and I didn’t want it to end. It was also refreshing to read a book set in my home town. It has been picked up for a movie option too!!

  • I really enjoyed this book. Such a tangled mess, the characters are so enjoyable and the plot original. Had to get this book on ebay as it is not available in the usa. since getting it i’ve mailed it all over and everyone loves it! hope it gets published here so i can keep my copy!

  • i remember when i read this book last year i just couldnt put it down and that it ended too quickly! this book is fabulous i realy feel for the characters and there is a sense of rightness about the book at the end. its also very funny (a good quality in a book!)

  • this book is great!!

  • I bought this book in Target yesterday!

  • this book was amazing and great plot buy it now

  • bought from borders yesterday and already halfway through!!! haha :) these characters are so realistic and very easy to picture, i feel like i know them in my year at high school!! a great read, i can’t wait to see if they make it a movie!!!!! beatle as a surfy/skater guy and destiny as this cute and quirky red head with like, those cute hipster glasses lol :) also saw that someone said that it’d be cool as an indie-feeling australian film; AWESOME!!!! 10 billion out of 5 stars!!!!! 😀

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