Monday, February 14, 2011

A Review of 'Audrey, Wait!' by Robin Benway

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.

Quite an interesting read. I’ve read this book twice now. Any who, on with the review!

This book starts off with Audrey roughly summarizing the beginning of when The Song came out as well as what her life was normally like—hanging out with her best friend Victoria and her (Victoria’s) boyfriend Jonah, collage-ing an entire wall in her bedroom, and of course listening to music.

What was nice was how we’re thrown into the drama right away. Within the first two or three chapters, we’re done setting the platform and it’s time to move on. Audrey’s now ex-boyfriend, Evan, writes this song that is pretty catchy and awesome. Audrey is shaken up and taken aback by the fact that Evan would do such a thing and take action so quickly (they’ve only been broken up for a few hours at this point). The next thing we know, The Song is on the radio for the world to hear! Audrey becomes famous for being the Audrey and everyone wants to be around her and figure her out (that’s putting it nicely. We’re dealing with the vicious media here!).

I felt the pacing of the book was good. It didn’t move so fast that I was lost as to what just happened and I wasn’t tapping my foot impatiently because I was bored and wished Audrey would do something else.

The characters were memorable and they felt real—they each had their drawbacks and attractive features (Audrey chewed on her finger nails and complained about being famous, but she was also strong and didn’t cave to her fans or the media).

I couldn’t find a lot that bothered me about this book other than the few grammar mistakes that I caught. I liked that the titles of the chapters were song lyrics, the characters were different from each other… oh! There is one thing that bothered me: the romance between James and Audrey in the beginning. One moment, Audrey was complaining that he was too focused on his work at the Scooper Dooper or that he was a dork, the next, she’s deeply and madly in love with him. That’s the only thing that felt weird. Everything after their first date felt fine.

Reading ‘Audrey, Wait!’ a second time was good. Just as good as the first time I read it, if not a little better.

I give ‘Audrey, Wait!’:

Thanks for reading!


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