Friday, January 13, 2012

Review: Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway

Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway
Published by Razorbill
Date Published: April 10, 2008
Amazon
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. . .
So when the lovely book blogger Carla visited in May, naturally, we went to a bookstore and she threw a few books at me. This was one of them. She labeled it as “HILARIOUS”. And holy freaking amazeballs. It was. I laughed a few pages in. I busted out into obnoxious, uncontrollable laughter about 20 pages in (I can’t for the life of me explain what exactly is so funny about a morbidly obese cat, but I was seriously dying) and it didn’t stop.

If you’ve read the summary, you know what this is about. I honestly expected this to be some kind of mortification-fest for this poor girl. And it was. BUT Miss Audrey takes it all with charm, some grace, wit and a bit of a rock star attitude.

And Victoria. What kind of story like this would be complete without the ever-loyal, hilariously perfect best friend? Whose text messages perfectly understand Audrey’s drama without question all with emphatic caps and !!!s speak volumes about her. Then there’s adorkably cute James, her co-worker, who is only known to have said ‘butter pecan’ for the first 70 pages.

And there’s the ending. No spoilers, don’t worry! Never! But it is, like, perfect. PERFECT. I think I actually shouted ‘HAH!!’, sufficiently startling my cat who is too used to my random outbursts while reading. It was so cute and wrapped up all the ends so well! I was waiting to see one thing in particular happened from just about page one and was glad to see it done just perfectly.

Is it realistic? No. Hardly, actually.
Is it HILARIOUS?! YES.
Is it insanely cute? YES.
Does it have a TON of amazing music references? Yes.

Audrey, Wait is a whirlwind of a story. It’s so much easier to let go and be swirled around than to sit tight. From page one the frenetic energy engulfed me and didn’t let me go for 313 pages. It was very à la Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

-Reviewed by Jennifer

3 comments:

  1. Oooooh. This sounds like a fun read! Thanks for sharing. I've heard about it before but I never really gave much thought about picking it up.

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  2. One of my favorite funny novels. I cracked up just remembering the hammer...oh.   : )

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