Friday, August 26, 2011

Review: Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway


Published: Razorbill (April 1, 2008)
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Series: No
Source: I purchased this book
GoodReads Summary: When her ex writes a break-up song about her that rockets up the charts, Audrey is suddenly famous--she can't go out without being mobbed by fans and paparazzi. Readers can take a wild ride with Audrey as she makes headlines, confronts her ex on MTV, and shows the world who she really is. This irresistible, fast-paced novel has a totally hot new paperback cover! Its the song everyones singing. And its about her! But for Audrey, becoming famous overnight equals total, life-changing disaster. .

My Thoughts: Several things happened within Audrey, Wait! that made me realize that I might want to race to the altar with this book.

Warning: this review will be scattered and choppy, because my thoughts cannot be contained when it comes to all the things I loved about this book.

1. When I opened it, there was a My Chemical Romance lyric staring me in the face.
I died 8 times in 10 seconds.

2. Every single chapter title is a lyric.
Not to mention I've heard and loved 90% of the songs that were chapter titles. This book is chock full of good music. CHOCK FULL. Jimmy Eat World. The Strokes. MCR. Franz Ferdinand, Jack's Mannequin, Pete Yorn, Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists... SWOON. Audrey is a music snob and it's one of my favorite things about her. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find anything about Audrey that I hated. Or even disliked. Sure, I probably would've taken a bit more advantage in the "free stuff" category, but seriously. She's been molded into Britney Spears after JT wrote "Cry Me a River." Audrey handled the paparazzi quite a bit better than Brit Brit, though. There were no umbrellas colliding with windshields and Audrey's hair is still intact.

3. Audrey says "word."
This is in my daily vocabulary. I don't actually even know what it means or why people say it, but WHO CARES?! I cannot sufficiently verbalize all the good things I feel for Audrey. Girl crush? Absolutely. This would normally be where I'd insert a keysmash to properly convey my delight, but this review is disjointed, as it is.

4. BENDEMOLENA, Audrey's cat.
I just googled this. There's a book about a cat named Bendemolena, a pothead cat. And by this, I mean a cat who wore a pot atop its head. Robin Benway has a sense of humor AND a penchant for finding lesser known books about pothead cats. WIN.

5. There are leagues of male musician love interests.
By "leagues," I mean two. And a third that isn't a musician, but has amazing taste in music (AND MAKES MIXTAPES) which is good enough for me. Sure, one of them is the object of disdain, according to Audrey, but he still merits a mention because hey, he penned the song.

6. I love tabloids.
This book reads like a True Hollywood Story tell-all in the form of a soap opera with dramatic clips of paparazzi bustles, car chases, heartbreak, betrayal, LOVE!, passion, MUSIC, friendship, more betrayal, MUSIC!!!!!, exploitation, and more more more music. All of it straight from Audrey's authentic, intelligent teenage, wise-beyond-her-years-yet-just-naive-enough voice.

So there you have it, folks. A list of reasons why Audrey, Wait! and I are happily betrothed. Read this book and you'll be giving the thumbs up to literary eloping, too.

19 comments:

  1. YES! Love Audrey, Wait! The music is worked in perfectly & Audrey is just plain awesome.

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  2. AHH!!! This book sounds AWESOME!! I absolutely love when music meets lit...especially when the bands borrowed from are some of my favorites :)

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  3. Agreed. I WAS IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK.

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  4. Anna seems to have stole my comment so I will say I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS REVIEW. Hands down, this has got to be one of the most unsung ya's in the entire world because every damn person could read this book AND IT STILL WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH. I just loved it. WORD.

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  5. I seriously adored this book. So glad it found its way into your heart. Audrey is fan-flipping-tastic.

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  6. Oooh, I have this book sitting on my bookshelf. I must move it up the pile.

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  7. I loved this book! I'm so glad to see someone else freak out about it too!

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  8. This review is like the best thing ever. Seriously. I am in love with it, this book, and YOU JENNIFER!!!

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  9. I loved this book when I first read it! Your review makes me want to read it again!

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  10. really awesome review, Jen!

    I'm not sure I could ever resist a book with a pothead cat...even if it is an actual pot + head situation.

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  11. I'm SO glad you liked this one! I read it back in January and DEVOURED it. I wanted to be BFF's with Audrey. I was seriously LOLing at some points. And yes--the CHAPTERS! So much love!

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  12. Good book! Glad you liked it.

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  13. This book is in my top 5 list of favorites. It was so funny and I loved Audrey's "voice"-- I totally wish she was my BFF.

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  14. Great review and now I seriously want to read this book. Who doesn't love good music in their book?

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  15. First of all, awesome review. Second...this is possibly the most hilarious book ever. I actually laughed out loud. Perfection...I love Audrey and I LOVE the cat.

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  16. Oh my goodness! Best review ever! Love! And ya, this book is made of win! :)

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  17. You had me at My Chemical Romance. Then you had me at word. Loved this review! This book has been added to the wish list.

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