From Goodreads – California high school student Audrey Cuttler dumps self-involved Evan, the lead singer of a little band called The Do-Gooders. Evan writes, “Audrey, Wait!” a break-up song that’s so good it rockets up the billboard charts. And Audrey is suddenly famous! Now rabid fans are invading her school. People is running articles about her arm-warmers. The lead singer of the Lolitas wants her as his muse. (And the Internet is documenting her every move!) Audrey can’t hang out with her best friend or get with her new crush without being mobbed by fans and paparazzi. Take a wild ride with Audrey as she makes headlines, has outrageous amounts of fun, confronts her ex on MTV, and gets the chance to show the world who she really is.
The above summary describes Audrey, Wait! as a wild ride, and that’s exactly what it is. I had a blast following along with Audrey’s fast-paced misadventures, and cheering her on through her blunders and bloopers. This book is a perfect mix of fun and heart and substance, and it’s a definite new favorite.
There are a million things to love about this novel: the music, the humor (the humor!), the outlandish supporting characters, the romance, and the descriptions of fashion and friendships and feelings. But the number one stand-out element of Audrey, Wait! is its voice. It’s contemporary YA perfection. There’s swearing and slang and spirit, but there’s also a level of nuance and sophistication that’s hard to describe. Audrey is wry and cheeky and observant, and she pretty much always says exactly what she wants to say, when she wants to say it. She is utterly unique, and her personality soars off the page. Behold…
“You have to turn it up so that your chest shakes and the drums get in between your ribs like a heartbeat and the bass goes up your spine and fizzles your brain and all you can do is dance or spin in a circle or just scream along because you know that however this music makes you feel, it’s exactly right.”
“I liked James and James liked me and we both knew it and if you think about it, that’s like a miracle. A real miracle. Everyone says that babies are miracles, and don’t get me wrong, I love cute little pudgy babies, but if you think about it, me having a baby right now would not be a miracle. At all. But finding someone that gets me? That’s the real work. That’s where the miracles are.”
See? That’s just a tiny sampling of the awesomeness of this book. Audrey, Wait! is like nothing I’ve read before, and it’s a fantastic example of how absolutely real and relevant young adult literature can be. I highly recommend it!
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