December 19, 2012

Latest Read: Audrey, Wait!

Here are the basics ...
Book: Audrey, Wait!
Author: Robin Benway
Site: http://www.robinbenway.com/
Category: Young Adult - Contemporary

Summary: 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. 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. 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. (Adapted goodreads.com
My thoughts…
The good: I can't remember the last time I laughed this much while reading a book. All of Audrey's inner monologues, her antics with her best friend Victoria and just her overall personality had me constantly giggling. I don't know how I'd react if the #1 song in America was written by my ex-boyfriend about how I'd broken up with him. But if it did happen to me, I hope I handle it half as well as Audrey does (minus the awkward moments caught on video). The author does an amazing job of bringing Audrey to life and giving her a voice that is both funny and genuine. She's just a regular girl who loves music, gets crushes on boys and wants to hang out with her friends. She even likes her parents (shocking!). There's really no angst or crazy drama surrounding her until this song makes her unexpectedly famous. Her life gets turned upside down and she understandably doesn't want any of it. I liked that she didn't try to milk her fame for freebies or to get ahead. She wants to be a normal girl and if she's gonna get any attention, it shouldn't be over a catchy song painting her as the bad guy in a relationship.

Her whole story was an interesting look at fame. People get famous for stupid reasons all the time and most of us assume that it comes with amazing perks. Through Audrey's eyes, we get to see the flip side. The lack of privacy, paparazzi stalking your every move, being unable to go on a normal date, people discussing your life on the Internet (trashing you or loving you) and the assumptions being made about your life 24/7. It sounds frustrating and it isn't long before that pressure causes Audrey to crumble.  But she's got friends, her parents and a cute boy named James to help her deal with it all. In her own way, of course.

(Super minor) reservation: It's not really a reservation but towards the middle of the book, her best friend started to really annoy me. I know she had good intentions and she's still an awesome BFF but she could've been a little more understanding.

Do I recommend?: If you're in the mood to laugh, then trust me - this is the book to pick up.

Happy reading!

8 comments:

  1. I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I hadn't had that much fun reading a book since Jessica Darling!

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    1. It WAS so much fun! I can see myself re-reading it if I'm in the mood to laugh :)

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  2. I really, really, REALLY want to read this book! It sounds like so much fun to read, and I love books that can make me laugh :)

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    1. Read it! It is the perfect light but still heartwarming read. I loved Audrey!

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  3. I bought this book a while ago after Ginger (GReads!) read it and loved it and I've yet to get to it!! :( I must make this one a priority in 2013 because I want to read about this song by the ex! I know how I'd react to that: bitterly. hahaha

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    1. Hahaha seriously, bitterly is definitely how I'd react too. Along with angrily! It's a fun premise with lots of laughs. I definitely recommend!

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  4. JAMES! He's the best.

    Oh man no kidding about laughing so much during this book -- I legit had to stop every few pages to tweet some choice quotes. It was SO good. :-)

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    1. Yes! I loved James too! As much as I love all my angsty / emotional / makes me want to cry reads.. there is something to be said for the books that can make you laugh out loud :) Sooo good!

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