Book Title/Author: Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Publisher/Year: Razorbill 2008
Genre: YA Contemporary
Other Books From Author: The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June, Also Known As (Out February 2013)
Ever wondered what it felt like to be Taylor Swift’s ex-boyfriends? Probably something like this but I would have to say Audrey’s experience is much worse after her boyfriend Evan writes a song about their breakup and out of nowhere becomes an instant hit. Audrey’s world completely changes as she’s suddenly finding herself catapulted into the limelight as the band’s “muse.” At first the attention has it perks but slowly Audrey finds herself stalked by fans and paparazzi, talked about online and suddenly not even able to live her daily life.
This book has inspired me to create a shelf on Goodreads entitled “WTF! Why Is This Not More Popular?” Seriously. This book is FABULOUS and I can’t comprehend why I haven’t heard about it more! I mean, I know it’s “older” and could get lost in the new book shuffle but I’m not understanding why people aren’t still raving and recommending it. IT IS SO GOOD. I was 20 pages into this book and was in major giggle-inducing, palm-sweating, OMG insta-luuuuurve with it. It made me laugh and it was just such addicting fun! I mean, you have to just laugh at some of the situations Audrey finds herself in.
I loved Audrey and her witty demeanor. She’s super fun and somebody I totally would be friends with PLUS love how obsessed she is with music. She reminded me a lot of Jessica Darling if that’s telling you anything but honestly a little bit less angsty (and I say that with love because JD + me = besties for life). I love how Audrey deals with most of the things dealt at her, though like Victoria, I kind of wanted her to embrace more of the perks but I SO could understand why she was feeling the way she was. I can’t imagine some of the things she went through and totally understood where she was it. She didn’t ask for the fame. I just loved Audrey! Definitely a new favorite character!
The characters were just completely endearing and realistic and there were SO many characters that I just loved for various reasons — even small characters like Tizzy and the secretary at school. The writing was very fun and I seriously a transcript of my brain sometimes with the things Audrey thought and said. The writing was definitely very reminiscent of the style of Megan McCafferty’s Jessica Darling series in that we were in Audrey’s brain and it was that fun, snarky (but not mean) vibe that makes you fall in love with Jessica Darling. Audrey is just as endearing and wonderful and it’s hard not to just fall in love with her! AND JAMES. I LOVE JAMES. Some really cute & swoony moments between them.
Valid yet vagrant thoughts:
1. Some AMAZING songs featured at the beginning of new chapters — Belle & Sebastian, The Smiths, Death Cab, Valencia, The Decemberists.. I could go on.
2. Audrey says amazing words that I use in my daily life like frolic, brouhaha and “what the f*uck ever.
3. YAY FOR PARENTS in the picture!!
4. Warning for younger readers and those who don’t like cussing — swears abound in this book. Just warning you.
This was absolutely one of the most fun romps I’ve had in contemporary YA since I first read Sloppy Firsts. I fell in love with Audrey and all the rest of the characters (minus Sharon – ew!). It was LOL-inducing and I just couldn’t stop reading to find out what more crazy shenanigans Audrey was going to have to endure with her newfound fame. If you are looking for a TRULY fun and happy read with a hilarious plot and some swoony moments, then I’d definitely pick this up. I know many of you are Jessica Darling fans so I’d highly recommend this one as I think Audrey and Jessica are each other’s spirit animals. LOVED LOVED LOVED. It was definitely what I needed after reading so many heavy issue books lately.
Let’s Talk: Have you read this one? Heard of it? What did you think if you have read it? How would you have dealt with the sudden fame? Would you have enjoyed the fruits of your sudden fame or felt similar to how Audrey did later on? Any suggestions for super fun books similar to this??