Pub. Date: July 17th 2008
Age Range: Young Adult
Source of copy: from publisher - Hodder Children's Books UK:
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.
Writing this review feels like something totally unnecessary since it seems that everyone has already known how great this book is. But I can't help doing it because I love Audrey, Wait! like crazy. It's awesome. And in case any of you is wondering what kind of awesomeness: painful awesome, serene awesome, tremendous awesome or empty awesome; let me tell you, Robin Benway's debut novel is hilarious awesome.
The story was raw, fun and undeniably addicting. The author unhesitatingly painted a full picture of young adult's lives in which the seemingly inappropriate parts, too, had a chance to present themselves. Sex, cursing, backstabbing, all came out not offensive, instead, way too fun to skip. And I don't even have to state how brilliant the premise happened to be right? It was the most original and unique idea that I'd ever known. Dumping your boyfriend, getting a song written about you - one so popular you became famous? The synopsis itself was able to get you hooked, let alone actually reading the book. I don't think there are a lot of stories concerning the matter of unexpected fame or even if there were, Audrey, Wait! will still get its certain place in the audience's heart and no doubt a high place.
To me, Robin Benway made the name Audrey even cooler that it already was. Not just because the girl in the story is incredibly famous, but also for the fact that she was such a real and lovely one to be with. She did what she wanted, she said what she thought, and she had a HUGE love for music and concerts. The more I got to know Audrey, the more I liked her. Her sarcasm and wit were so attractive I wasn't so surprised when she got an enormous fanbase in the book. I found all the things she did especially funny: how she talked to her Dad, mocked Victoria and Jonah, when she hurt her cat or even when she freaked out everytime the song was on. I also have to give her kudos for not being annoyingly depressed under such circumstances (even though she hit her limits in a last few chapters). With Audrey, I felt that even though the worst thing just knocked on her door, you'd still see no end to her life. Other characters were utterly cute, for example, James. He was dorky but manly at the same time. Oh and Audrey had really really cool parents I almost wished they were mine.
Talk about the ending, I heart it. After enough of laughter of a messy life of a famous teenager, it gave you something to think about. Like how you stand up to the unwanted changes and fix them all up so that you can still have a happy and musicful youth.
Audrey, Wait! is the kind of book that I hope to see its movie adaptions anytime soon. I bet, that after reading this one, you just want to stalk the author until her next book comes out because you won't get enough of her excellent writing and wicked humour.