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Monday, June 3, 2013

Deidra Reviews Audrey, Wait!

Author: Robin Benway
Release Date: April 10, 2008
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 320
Source: Library

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. 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.  

My Favorite Lines:   
“I mean, I was into their music and everything way before I knew what they looked like, but they had their pictures in the CD insert and when Victoria and I got it, we were both like, "Why, hellooooo there." Plus, they were British. I'm a sucker for cute boys with guitars, as you may have noticed, but throw in a London accent and I'll happily sell my soul without a second thought.”

“You have to turn it up so that your chest shakes and the drums get in between your ribs like a heartbeat and the bass goes up your spine and fizzles your brain and all you can do is dance or spin in a circle or just scream along because you know that however this music makes you feel, it’s exactly right.”

Why I Loved It: As one of the books I had heard great things about and still had not read, I decided to request it from the library as one of the books that I wanted to read during my period of pure pleasure reading. *That makes it sound like I'm only reading smut.  Sorry, no smut here!*  Sara over at The Page Sage is always raving about the book in her TTT's so I knew I really needed to get with it.  It's just popped up way too many times.  Anyways, the library got it for me *my library is the best* and I pretty much read the book in a day.  It was amazingly funny.  Since I read it while I was subbing, I litterally had to bite my lip at times to keep myself from bursting out loud.  The kids are still probably wondering why their sub was snorting at the back of the room.  Still, such snorting could not be helped in the face of the hilariousness that was Audrey, Wait!.    

I'm not going to summarize the book (check the Goodreads summary above for that) but I will say that the plot was something pretty unique.  Granted, most of what happens in the story is incredibly unrealistic, but really that is perfectly ok.  I could roll with it.  Audrey has definitely become one of my favorite MC's.  She was funny, sarcastic, super spritited, and took the changes in her life with mostly charm and a tad of spite.  I think the spite was definitely what made her even more awesome.  No one needs to be completely perfect.  So in the face of this new found popularity, and with her face in the camera of the country's paparrazi, Audrey brings it on with a perspective that left me breathless from laughter *when I was finally home in my own room without being looked at weird*.  

No book like this is ever complete without the hilarious best friend.  Luckily, this book has one.  Victoria, like the queen, is basically a more agressive version of Audrey.  She will tell you like it is, and go at you like a rabid bull dog if she thinks it's necessary.  She always has the sarcasm and wit of Audrey.  So of course, that's like double the fun.

Now of course we have the love interest *other than the soon-to-be-ex that we meet in the beginning* James who is dorkish and secretly just as fabulously funny as Audrey.  Unfortunately for the biggest part of the book we only get to see his love of ice cream and the words "butter pecan".  Yep that's it.  Thankfully, we get a whole lot more later.  James is the big surprising character in the book that steals your heart with his wit and love of music.    

hat brings us to the last huge part of the book.  Music.  I mean the plot is pretty much centered around a song.  Music would have to play a large role with that.  Audrey loves music.  Like loves, breathes, sleeps music.  There are a ton of music references in the book along with song lyrics as chapter titles.  I love those kinds of books.        

Low Points:  Ok for me, the completely unrealistic plot did not bother me.  Some people though would probably get frustrated.  I know some people exactly who would hate that part of the story.  Anyways, if you only like contemporary that is believable, that aspect may bother you.  

High Points:  There is so much music in this story.  Audrey also has a beloved morbidly obese cat that I couldn't help but adore.  Audrey and Victoria's conversations together.  Audrey and James conversations together.  I really loved how the book painted a decent portrait of high school.  Not all books do that well.    

Teacher's Points:  Some explicit language and a few non-descriptive references to sex.    

Who Should Read It: For all you people who love funny books, I would suggest this one.  If you need a good laugh or are having a bad day, Audrey, Wait! is probably just the thing you need. 
Need a Second Opinion?


  1. Hi! Found your blog on Twitter and now I'm a follower. The premise of this novel sounds like a lot of fun--we always wonder who the real life muse for breakup songs is, and now we know in this case! Great review.

  2. Great book review! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


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