Review of Audrey, Wait!

Thursday, 25 August 2016
So I haven't been on here in what feels like forever. Sorry about that. I was kind of just slacking off because I wanted to read without the added pressure of writing a review after. Anyway, since I can't stop recommending this book enough, I thought I would do a full, proper review for it.

Book: Audrey, Wait!

Author: Robin Benway

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Music

Publisher: Razorbill

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: Everybody's singing, "Audrey, Wait!"

Audrey Cuttler's life hasn't been the same since that song, "Audrey, Wait!" hit the airwaves. All she wants to do is go to concerts, hang out with her friends, and maybe score a date with the cute boy who works with her at the Scooper Dooper.

But now, her ex-boyfriend's song about their breakup is at the top of the charts and she's suddenly famous! The paparazzi won't leave her alone, the tabloids are trying to make her into some kind of rock goddess, and the Internet is documenting her every move!

Will Audrey ever be able to have a normal life again? Get ready to find out, because it's time for Audrey to tell her side of the story.

(I forgot this was a thing. Whoops.)

Review: Besides the fact that everyone else seems to love this book, the killer premise (girl breaks up with boy, boy writes song about girl, song blows up, and she becomes famous) drew me in.

Audrey, Wait! is a hilarious story with a sassy protagonist that I couldn't seem to put down. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough (which was great because at the time, I was kind of in a reading slump). It definitely helped that the book begins with their breakup instead of having them go on their last date or show Audrey feeling anything besides dislike and annoyance towards Evan (her ex-boyfriend).

I think the biggest advantage this book might have over some other light-hearted contemporaries (besides the great writing) would be just how realistically unrealistic it is. Obviously the chances of becoming famous off your breakup are slim (and pretty horrifying because who really wants their fallout with their significant other publicly broadcasted across the country in a Taylor-Swift-style song), but the choices Audrey made and what she did given the situation would be most people in her shoes.

Also, can we take a moment to appreciate the fact that Evan was pulling a Taylor Swift before Taylor Swift was pulling a Taylor Swift. [Audrey, Wait! was published April 10, 2008 and Fearless didn't come out until November 11 that year (she didn't really get slack for writing loads of breakup songs during her debut era as she wasn't really well-known and no one cared about who she dated back then). Plus take into account that this book was likely written and sold before the debut album came out as 1) the publishing world is always two years behind and 2) it took time to write the book + edit it.]

So if you like funny books about good breakup songs that have sassy leads, you're going to love Audrey, Wait!.

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