Audrey Wait! by Robin Benway came to my attention when Chachic and Heidi read it together and both wrote reviews of it. It sounded like one of those fun stories just perfect for when you had a bad week and need a good unwinding book. It was exactly that and I'm so glad I had it on hand when I had such a week.
Synopsis (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.
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.
Yes this book requires the reader to suspend disbelief from the beginning. You need to know going in that this is a situation that would most likely never happen. It isn't completely out of the realm of possibility though. Just because it never has happened doesn't mean it couldn't. I appreciated the way Benway unfolded the story. While the idea that someone could become famous because a song was written about them might be a little far fetched everything that follows from that makes sense and none of it overly dramatic.
I think I liked this so much because Audrey is a believable character and I really liked her. I could relate to how she felt about music. (I may have damaged some speakers due to loud volume levels in my life once or twice. At least.) I really liked her enthusiasm for life and her honest straightforward personality. She is portrayed in a realistic way too. She is naive in many respects and acts exactly like a 16 year old, which is refreshing. I also enjoyed her relationship with her friends, Victoria and Jonah. James, her new boyfriend, is also wonderfully realistic and completely adorable. I found the way ex-boyfriend Evan was portrayed to be refreshing as well. I liked what Benway did with that whole scenario.
Basically this book gave me everything I wanted from it, a lovely fun romp of a read.
Note for Concerned Parents: There is quite a bit of strong language used and there are references to sex and drugs.