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Reviewed by Bobbie Grob for Readers' Favorite
Music is often the backbone of a family, integrally woven into its history. This is certainly the case for Michelle, a recent divorcee, and her two children, Joseph and Pam in Let It Be by Chad Gayle. The album Let It Be by the Beatles is the music that shapes this family’s lives one summer. As Michelle tries to form a new life with her children outside the sphere of the abusive marriage she left behind, her children likewise fumble through the new territory in which they find themselves. For Pam, a fairly stereotypical thirteen-year-old girl, it is makeup, girlfriends, and teenage rebellion that helps her to find her footing. For Joseph, a ten-year-old boy, who still idolizes his father, the peace and familiarity he craves are harder to find.
I thoroughly enjoyed Let It Be. I found the characters to be realistic and relateable, if not always likable. I became so engrossed in the story the first night I picked it up that I surprised myself by reading half of it in one sitting. I couldn’t wait to see what would become of these characters, and whether their lives would ever straighten out. Let It Be is told in the first-person, which I enjoyed, especially since several characters got to narrate their own chapters. The only thing I was missing was an explanation for why each song connected to each section of the book. I am not familiar with the Let It Be album as a whole, so I would have appreciated song lyrics or some other tie-in to more fully understand why this album was as important as it was.