Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
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. (Goodreads)
Audrey decides to break up with her boyfriend, Evan, because he’s pretty self-centered and totally obsessed with his band, The Do-Gooders. He’s not necessarily a bad guy, but he isn’t a great boyfriend. After she leaves his room that day, Evan calling after her, he sits down and pens a song called “Audrey, Wait.” That song becomes a mega hit, shooting the Do-Gooders and Audrey into the spotlight.
Now, her every move is watched because people are so curious about the girl who inspired this massive hit. Audrey is trying to go on with her life, go to concerts with her BFF, get a little closer to her co-worker/crush, James, and just be a normal girl. Evan’s song and his fifteen minutes of fame, however, aren’t letting that happen. There are photographers, newspapers, and jealous fans coming out of the woodwork and Audrey is front and center dealing with the storm of crazy.
This is one of those books that you can pick up and read in a day because it is so cute. Benway has such a great style, that perfect blend of sarcasm and smarts, and characters who are genuinely funny and likeable. I particularly enjoyed Audrey’s best friend, Victoria and her boyfriend, Jonah (because that felt real to me. Your BFF’s boyfriend sort of comes with the package sometimes). And Audrey’s romance with James is cute and promising. I love that she doesn’t handle everything well, that she makes bad decisions, that she screws things up often, that she leaves her parents a little unhappy at times. The story here is fast-paced and funny (laugh out loud funny) and Audrey is a girl who, while not perfect, feels so alive when you read her thoughts. This was an addictive read.
Crush Intensity: 4.25/5 So cute, so funny. Between Also Known As and now this, I’m definitely a big Robin Benway fan.
Source: I bought this at The LA Times Festival of Books (where the author signed it for me. Yay!)