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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

Several months ago I saw a review of Audrey, Wait! on Michelle's blog. I added it to the list in my head, but wasn't sure about it because I was worried that it would be similar to Dedication by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. I had read and enjoyed that one, but found the ending to be a bit of a let down. Despite this, when I found it on the sale tables while on vacation I picked it up and added it to my stack. It turned out to definately be worth it.

So what is it about and how is it different from the other? Audrey, Wait! is about your average, music-obsessed 17 year old high school girl. She breaks up with her (also music-obsessed) boyfriend, who happens to be the lead singer in a mediocre band, until that day. Evan (the ex-) writes a song about the breakup that eventually makes it on the air, and Audrey finds that her life has changed. Suddenly she's stalked by the paparazzi, recognized everywhere, and assumed to be a great musical muse.

While I didn't find the public obsession with Audrey to be completely believeable, I did really enjoy the book. It's written in first person, looking back at what happened, and Benway hits it perfectly. The snarky asides and the humor is spot on and makes me want to find more by the author. Audrey herself is likeable and her new love interest is incredibly cute (not quite swoon-worthy.) There aren't really any villians in the story aside from an annoying classmate or two, and even the ex is a somewhat likeable guy. It's a fun little story with a nicely satisfying conclusion. If you're a fan of young adult fiction, this is one to pick up. (Especially if you find it on the sales table.)

Robin Benway's blog indicates that we can expect another book by her next summer, hurray!
If you liked this you might like Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, which I reviewed here. Both have a strong musical element that I really enjoyed.

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Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway



320 pages


  1. I'm with you - I can't believe the paparazzi would be following her because a song was written about her. Still, the book sounds like a lot of fun.

  2. I totally loved this book! So so fun. But yeah, no Wes. Too much discussion of tight jeans :)

  3. There is such a wide variety out there for young adults now. I was at the bookstore last night and the selection was quite impressive. Almost too impressive because I overwhelmed myself and walked out empty-handed.

  4. I'll definitely have to pick this one up. I love music and I love YA, so it sounds like a winner.

  5. I've been really wanting to read Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. After reading this review a few times trying to think of a good comment, all I can come up with is that I'm not sure this one's for me. Still getting my feet wet with YA. BUT I do like the music angle of it.

  6. I don't read a ton of YA books anymore, so I never thought too much about what books it might also be like. I enjoyed it quite a bit for a lot of the same reasons you did -- the humor and the characters.

  7. This sounds cute. Might have to see if the girl child would be interested in it.

  8. I thought I'd commented on this already, oops!

    I'm glad you liked this one, I thought it was a fun, quick read. Looking forward to her next one.

    Also, sooo want to read Nick and Norah. I saw the movie a few weeks back and I thought it was really cute.


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