Description: Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed… and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.
Readalikes for Teens/Adults
Appeals: Romance, Comedy, Music, Science Fiction, Music History
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Goodreads’s Description: This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole. It’s a little bit like infinity. Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past: To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory. Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone’s heart is about to be broken. With time travel, quantum physics, and sweeping romance, The Square Root of Summer is an exponentially enthralling story about love, loss, and trying to figure it all out, from stunning debut YA voice, Harriet Reuter Hapgood.
Crossover Appeal: Much like Yesterday, The Square Root of Summer mixes childhood friends and romance around a science fiction premise. While more serious in tone than the movie, the two premises blend nicely together, and is a good match for readers who like their love stories tinged with heart and a touch of sci-fi.
From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon
Amazon’s Description: Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2. When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil. Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough? Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.
Crossover Appeal:Twinkle’s passion for film making, and Sahil’s support of that passion are a mirror to Jack’s passion for music, and Ellie’s support of it in Yesterday. In addition, From Twinkle, with Love is filled with witty dialogue and warm humor, and features a gently sweet romance.
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Goodreads’s Description: Everybody’s singing, “Audrey, Wait!” Audrey Cuttler’s life hasn’t been the same since that song, “Audrey, Wait!” hit the airwaves. All she wants to do is go to concerts, hang out with her friends, and maybe score a date with the cute boy who works with her at the Scooper Dooper. But now, her ex-boyfriend’s song about their breakup is at the top of the charts and she’s suddenly famous! The paparazzi won’t leave her alone, the tabloids are trying to make her into some kind of rock goddess, and the Internet is documenting her every move! Will Audrey ever be able to have a normal life again? Get ready to find out, because it’s time for Audrey to tell her side of the story.
Crossover Appeal: Much like Jack in Yesterday, Audrey finds herself abruptly in the world’s spotlight after a song inspired by her goes viral. Filled with humor exploring the stranger side of celebrity and the music industry, a charming love story, and a swift moving plot, readers will find this a fun match to Yesterday’s amusing charms.
Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation by Philip Norman
Amazon ‘s Description: Philip Norman’s biography of the Beatles is the definitive work on the world’s most influential band—a beautifully written account of their lives, their music, and their times. Now brought completely up to date, this epic tale charts the rise of four scruffy Liverpool lads from their wild, often comical early days to the astonishing heights of Beatlemania, from the chaos of Apple and the collapse of hippy idealism to the band’s acrimonious split. It also describes their struggle to escape the smothering Beatles’ legacy and the tragic deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison. Witty, insightful, and moving, Shout! is essential reading not just for Beatles fans but for anyone with an interest in pop music.
Crossover Appeal: Yesterday‘s premise revolves around a world where the Beatles never existed, leaving viewers to contemplate the lose and all its implications. Shout explores the history of the Beatles and the impact they made upon their generation and beyond.
Amazon ‘s Description: One of the most important documentaries on rock music ever published, this is EMI Records’ official diary-format history of every Beatles recording session
Researched from hundreds of unreleased Abbey Road archive tapes, featuring thousands of previously unpublished studio documents and interviews with many of the key recording personnel.
The book is filled with over 350 colour and black-and-white photographs and illustrations, including rare photos by Linda McCartney and the first facsimile reproductions of Abbey Road recording sheets, tape boxes, album sleeve roughs, memos, contracts, press releases and much more.
Crossover Appeal: Viewers of Yesterday will leave theaters with Beatles songs buzzing in their heads, and this book nicely outlines their discography and the stories behind them.