June 15, 2012

Review: Audrey, Wait!

A few days ago, I picked up Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway, looking for a fun, light read. Well, that's exactly what I got. I've had this book for a while, and after reading Tracey Neithercott's rave review, I was pretty much sold...it just took me six months to get around to reading it. Here's the Goodreads summary:


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!

Suddenly, tabloid paparazzi are on her tail and Audrey can barely hang with her friends at concerts or the movies without getting mobbed let alone score a date with James, her adorable coworker at the Scooper Dooper. Her life will never be the same, at least, not until Audrey confronts Evan live on MTV and lets the world know exactly who she is!



Audrey is a serious music fan, so the chapters in her story begin with song lyrics. I thought I'd take a cue from this (I grew up on Christian rock O_o, so my music knowledge is limited*) and have a little fun with this review.


Gotta admit, I wasn't super crazy about the cover when I first saw it, but I suppose it's fitting. The music junkie in Audrey would definitely do a little headbanging (but certainly not play the air guitar). The background also has that album cover vibe, especially with the title and author's name radiating outward like it's spinning. It works, but I'm a bit blinded by the colours and worried I'm getting hypnotized by the thing.


The voice, oh, the voice. Seriously, this book is a study in great teen voice, let me tell you. Very seldom do I come across books where I feel the author has nailed this spot on. All too often I find stories riddled with profanity (though, there are f-bombs in this), and lame-ass (oops) expressions meant to sound 'teen' but missing the mark horribly. Benway knows her teens. Here's a small sampling of some of my personal faves:

"My job sucks the most suck that has ever sucked."

"How would you like to star in your very own commercial?"
"I'd rather swim in battery acid."

"Get over here and talk to her. She's a reporter, not a Dementor."
"Harry Potter nerd."
"Whatever. Take the damn phone."

"Did you just say 'frolic'?"
"Is it not a word?"
"Who the hell says 'frolic'?"
"I say frolic. And more people should."
"They should say frolic or actually frolic?"
"Both."


I think there is just the right amount of swoon in Audrey, though I'm always up for more smooch. James is that guy that you don't immediately notice, and those tend to be the keepers in the end. He's understanding and supportive, and exactly the kind of guy Audrey needs in the wake of her overexposed breakup. The boy that you really want to take home to Mom & Dad, without being boring (if the smooch scenes are any indicator).


While there is some suspension of disbelief here, this is a really fun book that isn't without substance. It's a story about growing into the person you're supposed to be, and not what everyone else thinks or says you are. Audrey's struggle to deal with what is first irritating then seriously suffocating is entertaining, if at times a smidge unbelievable. As for Audrey? I'm jealous of her vast music knowledge (see 'Christian rock' above), and would love to have a friend like her, snark and all. Her parents: They felt real and competent, which was a breath of fresh air. Her friends: Frustrating at times, but mostly the kind of friends you want next to you.


I've already mentioned some of my personal favourites, but here's another:

"It was like someone had stretched out my brain and shaken off the dust. My arms lost their numbness, my vision was sharp, and when I climbed out of the stall and went to look in the mirror, I felt brave and clear and not scared at all."
   

Right near the end of the book it suddenly occurred to me that I should have been listening to the tracks Benway quoted at the beginning of every chapter. Derp. If I had a time-turner I'd go back and read each chapter while listening to the song mentioned. That could make for a really fun, really appropriate reading experience.


How about you? Read any good books lately?  
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*  Please don't hate me because I thought Petra and DC Talk were cool. If you don't know who they are, consider yourself lucky—a bullet-dodger, if you will.

17 comments:

  1. This sounds like a fun read and I love how you structured the review!

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    1. Thanks! I thought it would be fun to try and mimic the style of the book. It was a fun read. :)

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  2. I LOVED this book! You're exactly right about the voice, Robin Benway nailed it. And James is definitely one of my favorite fictional bfs :)

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    1. I love reading books where the author has done such a great job of voice, especially when that voice is snarky/funny like Audrey. :)

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  3. I LOVED this book!!! (I did not however like her next book quite as much). Also, Jaime this cover is way better than the redesign a few years later (a picture of a girl who didn't like anything,to me, like Audrey in my head). So glad you enjoyed this one. I also posted a book review today :)

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    1. I looked at all of the other covers on Goodreads, and I think the one that I like the best is the one that looks like the centre of a record (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4880986-audrey-wait)—no pictures of girls on the front. :) It seems fitting that the cover would have an album on it, I guess.

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  4. Agh! Another for my TBR - actually, this might already be on it, so now it's getting bumped closer to the top. I LOVE your review, Jaime! So great.

    Also: "Put soap on a rope cuz it just ain't dope...love is a verb" or something like that - I used to know EVERY word. Loved me some DC Talk! :)

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    1. Thanks, Daisy. :) I thought I'd have a little fun with it and try to mimic the book a little.

      Hahaha! Gotta love DC Talk! I still remember the entire rap to "Jesus Is Just Alright". How embarrassing.

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  5. Robin Benway has one of the best voices in YA right now. I absolutely love her writing.

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    1. This is the first book I've read by Robin Benway, but I do have another of hers on my TBR shelf. I'll definitely be checking out more of her stuff.

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  6. I need to add this one to my TBR now :D The excerpts you chose already show quite a wonderful voice! :D
    Wonderful review!
    And talking about great books I have read recently, I just finished IF I STAY and WHERE SHE WENT and both books really moved me, amazing stories and beautiful writing :D

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    1. I love a book with good snarky/funny voice. :D This was a fun review to do, because any little issues I had with the book were so minor they weren't even worth mentioning.

      I don't know what's taking me so long to get to IF I STAY and WHERE SHE WENT. People have been raving about them, and I just haven't seem to pick them up yet. Must do that. :)

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  7. I'm not sure this is a book I would enjoy, but I certainly enjoyed your review.

    I was into music before I became a Christian, so it took me a while to "discover" "Christian rock." It's not all bad, but I still know relatively little (there are so few who manage to mix good music with good theology--I think I've had this discussion before, possibly with you, even!).

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  8. Time-turner. Harry Potter nerd. :) (me, too!)

    This sounds awesome, combining two of my favorite things - YA and music. Guess I'll put this one on that ever-growing list! Great review.

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  9. This is one my fave books--mainly for the voice, which is so spot-on! Wonderful review. I may have to reread it now. :)

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  10. I'm reading this one next, and I'm excited thanks to your rave review!

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  11. This has been sitting on my nightstand since Christmas! Must move it up the TBR now!

    Also, I just finished The Scorpio Races. LOVE.

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