Title: Audrey, Wait!
Author: Robin Benway
Release Date: April 10, 2008
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
From the back cover:
When funny, charming, absolutely-normal Audrey Cuttler dumps her boyfriend Evan, he writes a song about her that becomes a number-one hit—and rockets Audrey to stardom!
I’ve heard so much about Audrey, Wait! since its release last year. When I found out it was coming out in paperback, I knew I wanted to review it and see what the big deal was about – why did so many people rave about this book?
After reading it, I can understand what all the fuss is about. Audrey, Wait! contains everything that makes a book good – a captivating storyline, a main character that you both sympathize with and root for, a great sense of humor, and a lot (but not too many) obstacles between our heroine and her shot at happiness.
Audrey is a wonderful main character. She is smart and very independent. I absolutely loved her sense of integrity – too often in books such as this, one of the central plotlines is the main character abandoning her true friends to hang out with the “cool” kids. The friends get mad at her, and then when she’s (a) burned by the popular kids or (b) realizes they are worthless, she has to try to re-establish her original friendships. While that is a completely believable storyline, I loved that Audrey didn’t succumb to that. She was happy with who she was, and thus is a great female character for teens to read about. (Her declaration that she actually likes her parents is another plus for her in my book).
The secondary characters were just as well-written as Audrey. Each had their own distinct personality, even the very minor characters. It’s difficult to believe that this is Robin Benway’s first book – it was so well written and the characters were so well developed and defined.
I just loved how unique Audrey, Wait! was. The book itself is like Audrey – its not afraid to stand on its own two feet and show the world its true colors. It’s a refreshing change from a lot of young adult books today.
The storyline of Audrey, Wait! is completely entertaining. Though it is a bit difficult to believe that the subject of a song would get that much attention and recognition, if you can put that disbelief aside for the duration of this book then you are in for a real treat. I highly recommend Audrey, Wait! – pick this one up immediately, now that it’s out in paperback! It’s just as good as everyone says it is!
Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book to review.