The book that I had originally planned to review this week was late showing up in my mail. In the meantime, I had finished reading a book that a friend of mine wrote. I make it a point not to review friend’s works because it’s not fair to them or to my readers if I feel I can’t be honest. So, in this case, I’m going to tell you about the story behind this book and a quick synopsis, but I’m not going to rate it.
From Me To You by Garry Berman and Kelly Marie Thompson is the second published work by these writers. This book is listed as a coming-of-age story, but I believe it would be of more interest to the Young Adult sector.
The story is about two penpals, one in New Jersey and one in Liverpool, UK, who begin writing to each other as part of a high school project. Maggie, living in Liverpool, introduces Ricky, in New Jersey, to the music of the Beatles by sending him 45 rpms before anyone in the U.S. has even heard of the band. As Beatlemania grows, so does their friendship. The book takes you through their ever growing friendship up until the day it’s announced that the Beatles are splitting up in 1970. But will their friendship last? That’s the big question!
What makes this story even more interesting is that the two authors, Garry Berman and Kelly Thompson, met on the internet in a writer’s group. They both like each other’s style of writing so much that they soon started co-writing projects via email, including their original hilarious six episode sitcom Barkers Upon Tyne (currently available as an ebook).
As I said, I think this would be a great book for a young teen girl, but for adults I would recommend getting the $2.99 Kindle version.