Published by Penguin on 2009-04-02
Genres: Dating & Sex, Humorous Stories, Music, Performing Arts, Social Issues, Young Adult
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The wait is over for the paperback of this irresistible, fast-paced, hit-worthy debut! When funny, charming, absolutely-normal Audrey Cuttler dumps her boyfriend Evan, he writes a song about her that becomes a number-one hit?and rockets Audrey to stardom! Suddenly, tabloid paparazzi are on her tail and Audrey can barely hang with her friends at concerts or the movies without getting mobbed?let alone score a date with James, her adorable coworker at the Scooper Dooper. Her life will never be the same?at least, not until Audrey confronts Evan live on MTV and lets the world know exactly who she is!
Why, oh why did I wait so long to read Audrey, Wait? Despite having Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway on my shelf since November, I sort of avoided reading this book. It took some goading from Twitter to get me to crack Audrey, Wait! open. Thank goodness I did, because Audrey, Wait! is made of awesome. Sixteen year old Audrey decides her boyfriend Evan just doesn’t cut it anymore, so she breaks it off with him. BIG MISTAKE. Evan, being a rocker decides to write a song inspired by the breakup called Audrey, Wait! and what do you know, the song becomes a number one hit and Audrey finds herself the recipient of unwanted fame.
I think a character’s voice can often make or break a book. If the voice doesn’t sound real, I can tell. I think most readers can tell. What I love is when an author writes a character who sounds like someone you know, they seem that real. Granted, I feel like Robin Benway must have based the character of Audrey on my friend Allie who has said some of the things Audrey says about concert-going, and who is also music obsessed. What I enjoyed about Audrey was how fluent she was in sarcasm, some of what she said had me in stitches. There are so many quotable lines in Audrey Wait by Robin Benway too!
“‘I love music, it’s like…’ I sighed and put the water dish back down. ‘I mean, sometimes it’s like the only thing that matters. Sometimes when I hear a great song, it means more than anything, like even my family or friends or anyone.’” pg. 59
On concert going
“And (2) do not-again, do not-wear any item of clothing that celebrates the band you’re going to see. If you’re seeing Band C, do not wear a Band X T-shirt. As Victoria says, ‘Don’t be That Guy.’” pg. 88
I definitely could see my friend saying that about concerts and actually think she may have said that to me once.
Overall, Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway is a fun book. It makes me want to take all the chapter titles, which are songs and create a playlist to listen to while driving. I am not going to go too specific except to say you should read this book if you want something to lift your spirit and put a giant grin on your face. If you like books that affirm the be yourself philosophy of life, then yes, you are going to love love love Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway.
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