I am (not) the Walrus
by Ed Briant Published by Flux Books
on July 8th 2012 Pages:
Toby and Zack’s first gig could make or break their Beatles cover band, the Nowhere Men. But ever since getting dumped by his girlfriend, lead singer Toby can’t quite pull off the Beatles’ feel-good vibe. When Toby finds a note hidden inside his brother’s bass claiming the instrument was stolen, he embarks on a quest to find the true owner—and hopes a girl named Michelle will help him recover his lost mojo along the way.
It's obvious from the cover that this book is about music and was excited to see the Beatles connection, as I'm a fan (I mean.. who isn't?).
I have to say, I fell in love with Toby right off. The fact that he has no idea what he is doing when it comes to sports and girls just made him completely endearing. The girl of interest in this book, Michelle, starts off being standoffish with Toby, calling him quite a few laughable names, but cannot resist liking him even though she's not supposed to be dating at all. I love the interactions between the two of them, the poetry surrounding their mishaps at dating and figuring out how it will work between them. The romance is just the subplot though.
The real meat of the book is a mystery. Toby finds a girl's note inside his brother's old bass guitar asking to call if this bass was found. He doesn't think his brother stole it but he gives the number a ring anyways, being a nice guy and talks to a gentleman who reveals nothing about the girl who originally owned the bass. And then this guy starts showing up, trying to convince Toby to sell him the bass and Toby suddenly realizes maybe it is worth more than he originally thought.
There's a real sense of danger to this mystery, and Toby is no longer sure what to do and how to go about it. And the more the book goes on, the more it is evident that the bass was in fact stolen. I loved the sense of adventure, mystery and budding romance tied into this book. Accompanied by great music, this is a novel that won my heart over.
Final Verdict: Definitely a book to read as it has a little bit of everything in it and I think anyone could enjoy it.