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Jukebooks: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

There is a lovely symmetry between Beth Revis’s Across the Universe and the Beatles’s haunting song of the same title. The stanzas in the Beatles song describe restless images tumbling through the mind, as if in a dream, similar to Amy as she makes her way across the universe. Meanwhile, Elder is fixed in his world, set to become the next leader. He could be responding to Amy’s whirling visions with the steady, “Nothing’s gonna change my world.”

Or maybe I’m stretching it too far! Have a listen and tell me what you think.

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Also of note, a movie entitled Across the Universe was released in 2007. The connection to the Beatles song is not accidental; thirty-four songs originally written by the Beatles shape the soundtrack and the plot. The movie is kind of a loved it/hated it kind of thing, using a mash-up of Beatles songs and images of the Vietnam War. Those things go together in my head, so I like it.

— Diane Colson, currently reading And Then Things Fall Apart by Arlaina Tibensky and listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, read by the author.

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Diane Colson

I have been a librarian working with youth since 1998, beginning at the Alachua County Library District, and later at Palm Harbor Library and Nashville Public Library. Possibly because of the edgy nature of teen literature, or possibly because my maturation process crashed at the age of fifteen years-old, I love YA books. And I enjoy working with YAs as well, although I'm just as happy doing Toddler Time. By some good fortune, I have served on a number of YALSA selection committees (Outstanding Books for the College Bound, Popular Paperbacks, Alex Award, Odyssey Award, Nonfiction Award, Morris Award, and Printz) as well as a smattering of process committees. Currently I am serving on the YALSA Board. .I also review books for VOYA, School Library Journal's Adult4Teen Blog, BookPage, and Booklist.

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  1. Alissa Alissa

    Across the Universe is on my “Top 5 Must Have Movies” list. Great movie…and great book too :)

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