Published: Razorbill (April 1, 2008)
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.