I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to see Robin Benway at an author event. I had never read any of her books before, so when I knew I was going, I immediately rushed to find something of hers to read. I picked up Audrey, Wait!, her debut novel, and it was a such a fun book! If only I had picked this book up sooner! It is definitely a book I would have loved to read as a teen.
When die-hard music lover Audrey planned to dump her musician boyfriend, she never anticipated the song he promised he’d write about her would be a song about their breakup, Audrey, Wait! which becomes an instant household hit. Audrey herself becomes somewhat of a celebrity as everyone wants to know about the girl who inspired a hit song. However, having a popular song written about you if you’re in high school means you’re socially doomed. Sure, Audrey suddenly gets a lot of attention, not just from those annoying paparazzi but classmates who never cared about her before. She’s finding it hard to be normal, except around her family who is clueless. Even her best friend is acting weird and her job at the ice cream shop at the mall is gaining notoriety. The only silver lining is her quiet coworker who doesn’t seem to care about fame, just old-fashioned hard work.
This was such a cute read. It was fast-paced, totally believable, and while touching on a few comments about today’s celebrity society, also light-hearted and humorous. Audrey has a unique voice and the supporting characters such as her best friend Victoria, her parents, etc. all are strong and memorable. The romance is sweet and down-to-earth, and the final twist at the end is both justifying and empowering.
Give this to any teen who is obsessed with music, bands, and concerts or those who enjoyed Ali Novak’s The Heartbreakers. I’m really looking forward to reading more of her titles, including the recently published Far From the Tree.