Thank you to Cynren Press for gifting me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: relationships, obsessions, heartbreak.
Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
The Diary of a Beatlemaniac grabbed my attention immediately while checking out Cynren’s fall catalog. As some of you know, I am a rock n’ roll junkie, and I adore the Beatles. I knew that I could certainly jive with Gallo-Stenman’s taste in music, and I was interested to read her observations of the mania that came with the Beatles’ arrival in the US.
Gallo-Stenman’s diary kicks off at age fourteen, where she has just started to fall in love with the Beatles and their music (Paul McCartney, in particular). She recounts hearing their first hits, and then the excitement over their arrival to the US and their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Soon, all the girls in her strict, conservative Catholic school in Philadelphia were swooning over the quartet. As their popularity grew, they developed teen crushes and serious infatuations with the bandmates, each declaring their adoration for their own Beatle.
It’s easy to get swept into the nostalgia though Gallo-Stenman’s writing, but underneath the puppy love for the band is some impressive observations and an accurate encapsulation for the hoopla over the Beatles. Working as a freelance, unpaid writer for the local weekly paper, the Southwest Philadelphia Globe Times, Gallo-Stenman and her friend Diane began submitting a weekly column called Teen to Teen. These columns discussed anything, from Beatles music to dating advice and fads, and Gallo-Stenman took the beat and ran with it, interviewing famous radio DJ and personality Hy Lit, A Hard Day’s Night actor Victor Spinetti, and discussing all things to do with the Fab Four.
Overall, this is an entertaining read, not only for Beatles fans but for anyone who loves reading about music, 1960s nostalgia, and YA journal formats. It’s quick paced due to the format, the writing is clever, and the photos add depth to the diary entries. I can easily see myself recommending this read to anyone!
Published: October 9, 2018
Publisher: Cynren Press
TL/DR: Diary of a Beatlemaniac by Patricia Gallo-Stenman is a journal-formatted recollection from the author about the Beatles era and her infatuation with the band.
Read it? Yes!
Recommend it? Yes! Definitely one for the Beatles and music fan collection!
Buy it? Yes!
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