Monday, February 23, 2015
Middle School Monday: I'm Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil
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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and songwriting legend Cynthia Weil's extraordinary YA debut opens the secretive doors of the Brill Building-the hit factory that changed history. Part Mad Men, part Grace of my Heart, part murder mystery, I'm Glad I Did is a coming-of-age story at an unforgettable cultural tipping point: the summer of 1963.
JJ Greene, a gifted 16-year-old songwriter, defies her lawyer parents by secretly applying for a job in the famed Brill Building-the epicenter of songwriting for a new genre called rock-n-roll. But their warnings about the evils of the music industry prove far darker than she imagined when she finds herself at the heart of a cover-up that involves hidden identity, theft, and possibly murder.
My thoughts: This was an entertaining look at the music industry in the 1960's. The novel is clean as far as language and sexual innuendo, making it appropriate for middle school and up. If you want to learn more about the music world of the 1960's - this is the book for you!