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Review: Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

Title: Audrey, Wait!
Author: Robin Benway
Series: None
Publisher: Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 313
Format/Source: Paperback/Purchased 
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary

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. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

A New Favorite…

I’m normally a sci-fi/fantasy girl, and although I do like YA contemporary books as well, I don’t naturally gravitate towards them. But I had heard so many good things about Audrey, Wait! that I just had to read it. And I’m so happy I finally did.

With Audrey, Wait!, Robin Benway had me laughing out loud from page 2, falling in love with the main character as well as secondary characters (Victoria was almost up to Zuzana levels for me), and singing along with all the song quotes at the beginning of the chapters. Also I really love that this book deals with the side effects of being famous (especially being famous when you weren’t trying to be!), where some other books I’ve read recently really lacked in this area.


I’m finding myself at a loss for words when it comes to describing how much I loved this book. It just seemed like MY KIND OF CONTEMPORARY, you know? I’ve never had that moment with a YA contemporary book where I thought, “Teenage Andrea would have LOVED this book!” until I read Audrey, Wait! It’s just so perfect.


Bonus Points…


Robin Benway gained some of my Bonus Points for the following:

  • Dissing Celine Dion and Creed (50,000,000 points x2)
  • Harry Potter reference (50,000 points)
  • Radiohead was one of the bands quoted at the beginning of the chapters (100,000 points)
  • “Don’t be that guy.” (Wearing a band shirt to that band’s concert. THE reason to say that quote.) (500,000 points)
  • Bjork reference (50,000 points)
  • Bring It On reference (15,000 points)
 
Great Quotes…
 
I absolutely loved the writing and the humor in Audrey, Wait!, and here are a couple of my favorite quotes:
 
“There were better times, the quiet moments when no one was talking and even our breath was the same, rising and falling under our tent of blankets like we were made to breathe with each other, for each other. It’s funny how bed and pillows and covers can change a conversation. Words turn quiet and you mean more and say less. It’s like you can build your own little world, Population: 2.”
 
“She was giving me the fish eye. ‘What’s up with your hair?’
‘Oh, um…’ I reached up and fingered a braid. ‘Nervous habit.’
‘It’s sort of like Bob Marley meets Pippi Longstocking.’
‘That’s not a compliment, is it?’
‘Hell no.'”
 
 
My rating for Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway:
 
 
5 huge stars, and I’ve added it to my favorite shelf on Goodreads. If you like light, fun contemporary YA books, you NEED to read this!
Find it:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ Penguin
Disclaimer:  I purchased this book myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.

2 Comments

  1. Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

    May 7, 2015 at 10:09 am

    This has been on my TBR list for forever!

    Bonus points are spot on. It's so uncool to wear the bands t-shirt to a concert! Reminds me of one of the kids I have who wears a Nirvana shirt because she thinks it's cool but she doesn't know who they are except "some band."

  2. Karen White

    May 7, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I got this when it came out, primarily because one of my daughter is named "Audrey", so I had no idea what to expect. But I really loved it, too!

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