Review: Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Author: Robin Benway
Publisher: Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin
Publication Date: 2008
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.
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)