Published by Razorbill on April 10th 2008
Also by this author: Also Known As, Going Rogue: An Also Known As Novel, Emmy & Oliver
Everybody's singing, "Audrey, Wait!" Audrey Cuttler's life hasn't been the same since that song, "Audrey, Wait!" hit the airwaves. All she wants to do is go to concerts, hang out with her friends, and maybe score a date with the cute boy who works with her at the Scooper Dooper. But now, her ex-boyfriend's song about their breakup is at the top of the charts and she's suddenly famous! The paparazzi won't leave her alone, the tabloids are trying to make her into some kind of rock goddess, and the Internet is documenting her every move! Will Audrey ever be able to have a normal life again? Get ready to find out, because it's time for Audrey to tell her side of the story.
Audrey is a teenager living in LA who works at an ice cream store and has a musician boyfriend and an awesome cat. Things aren’t working out with her boyfriend Evan, so she decides it’s time to end it. Little does she know that Evan immediately writes a song about their break-up. He performs the song in front of all their friends and industry executives, and it becomes a nationwide hit sending Audrey and Evan into the media spotlight.
Audrey finds herself the subject of unwanted attention at school overnight, she’s chased by the tabloids, other bands want her to be their muse, and groupies follow her to work at the Scooper Dooper. Meanwhile she is trying to start up a new romance with nice boy James.
I thought this book was a hilarious and refreshing debut. It is fast paced and held my attention throughout. I loved Audrey- she tries to lead a normal life when all this is going on, and she is so witty and honest. With her new fame, she finds herself in the funniest situations. At times, it really was laugh out loud funny so try not to read this book in public. Audrey is a hip character in the way that she dresses and she’s very into the music scene. It was fun to go on this ride with Audrey to see what was going to happen next!
She has a best friend Victoria to share the experience with, as well as her parents and James. They all find themselves struggling with the fame as well, and it is interesting to see how these relationships evolve. It all leads up to a satisfying confrontation with Evan at MTV.
I wish there were more books like this out there. In the meantime I need to check out Robin Benway’s follow up novel The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June, a paranormal novel.
I highly recommend this witty and hilarious debut from Robin Benway for mature teens and up (language).