Saturday, May 2, 2009

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

Title: Audrey, Wait!
Author: Robin Benway
Average Price: U.S. $8.99 ($11.00 CAN) Paperback
Publisher: Razor Bill (Penguin)
Publication Date: 2008
Number of Pages: 313

Book Excerpt


California high school student Audrey Cuttler dumps self-involved Evan, the lead singer of a little band called The Do-Gooders. Evan writes, "Audrey, Wait!," a break-up song that's so good it rockets up the billboard charts. And Audrey is suddenly famous!

Now rabid fans are invading her school. People is running articles about her arm-warmers. The lead singer of the Lolitas wants her as his muse. (And the Internet is documenting her every move!) Audrey can't hang out with her best friend or get with her new crush without being mobbed by fans and paparazzi.

Take a wild ride with Audrey as she makes headlines, has outrageous amounts of fun, confronts her ex on MTV, and gets the chance to show the world who she really is.

For those of you who have read Audrey, Wait! then I'm sure it won't shock you when I tell you that my first thought when I finished this book was "Wow. Just wow."

When I first started this novel I had some trouble getting into it. I couldn't relate to Audrey at all. I remember reading a line in the book that went something like "If you don't like you music loud enough for the neighbours to call the cops then I'm afraid we won't get along very well." Please Note: I don't speak music (except for Christmas carols). I still have no idea who Lady Gaga is and I pride myself in the fact that I am familiar with Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus.

I also absolutely loathed the swearing in this book. Me + swearing = unhappy customer. Every time someone swore in this book I flinched. I'm sure I got permanent nerve damage from that.

However, I hung on to this book and kept reading because A) Audrey is one of the most entertaining fictional characters that I have ever met, B) I wanted to know if James would start speaking again and C) It was HILARIOUS reading about the predicaments Audrey got herself into. Finally, sometime in the middle of the book, Audrey began to realize that she had to do something about her sudden uprise in popularity if she ever wanted to make it home from school without being trampled by fans. This is probably when I started to relate to Audrey and really get caught up in the story.

On the back of my copy of this book it has a quote from Pop Culture Junkie: "I want to be friends with Audrey, James, Victoria and Jonah" and I have to say - I couldn't agree with you more! The only thing I kind of found . . . unbelievable about James was how different he was once you got to know him. It almost felt a little too surreal.

This book is perfect for anyone (especially music fans!) who would love to hear the truth about being famous and the way some people feel about it. I'm giving it an A-!


Bostan said...

I read a few opening pages of this book and it was ok so far. I could tell their were alot of swearing and the F-bomb flew a couple of times during the beginings first pages. It sounds decent, i will think about reading the rest.

Thanks for the review.

Insert Book Title said...

This one sounds really good.

You are lucky that you do not know about Lady Gaga. Music is slowly going down the tubes.

Great review!

Alley said...

Thanks for a great review!

Lenore said...

I didn't like the swearing either, but overall really enjoyed this one!

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

I think it took me a couple chapters to really get into the book, but once I did, I wasn't able to put it down. I agree, Audrey is just flat out hilarious! I'm a huge music freak, and am shock that people aren't born to be music freaks, but the line about Lady Gaga & Miley Cirus had me laughing!

Iryna said...

Bostan: LOL I love how you worded "the F-bomb"! Thanks for commenting!

Insert Book Title Here: Oh, well then . . . Thank-you for the compliment!

Alley: Your welcome/thank-you!

Lenore: Phew! I thought I was the only one that the swearing bothered! It's nice to know some people out their agree with me.

JYTBB: Thanks. :) I'm glad you enjoyed "Audrey, Wait!".

Jen said...

It looks lovely, although I'm not one for swearing ^_^

Not knowing Lady Gaga is a blessing, my sister loves her stuff T_T

Great review!