What to do when you come to the realization that, behind the pretty packaging, your boyfriend is basically a self centered, narcissistic asshat If you have a brain in your head, you dump him, of course And that is precisely what Audrey does Normally that would be the end of the story except that Audrey s boyfriend has his own band, a modicum of talent, the inspiration for the ultimate break up song, and a record executive coming to see his gig on the same night that Audrey dumps him And so, out of Mr Shallow s pain and anguish, the song, Audrey, Waitis born, and it s not long before it s sweeping the country and racing up the charts Suddenly, Audrey is famous and not coping so well At first, I thought the idea that Audrey would become so famous for simply inspiring a hit song was a little over the top, but when I look around at the number of people who have become famous for doing absolutely nothing other than allowing cameras to follow them through their every waking moment, I had to admit that it s certainly possible I like that Benway portrays Audrey realistically, bumbling through her new found fame and making mistakes that exacerbate the situation such as talking to a reporter who doesn t register sarcasm, finding out a video of her making out with another singer has gone viral, allowing her fame to alienate her from her friends, etc I also enjoyed the fact that Audrey and her friends seem authentic They re sarcastic and intelligent without becoming unbelievably hip, a la Nick and Norah of the infamous Infinite Playlist There are quite a few funny moments, a fairly predictable romance but, alas, such is the familiar landscape that is young adult lit , and an intelligent, funny, and strong female character However, what really sold me on the whole concept is Benway s message about the pitfalls of fame a message teenagers need to hear in a celebrity crazed, electronic media based society All in all, this makes for a fairly enjoyable read for adults, but a winning recipe for the target audience I say this with authority as my female students love this book.Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder I AM SO GLAD I GOT TO READ THIS BOOK Audrey, Wait is fucking awesome I hope we can aptly conclude how much thought I m putting behind that statement, given this is the first time I ve outright cursed on this blog Which is surprising, actually, as I m such a potty mouth When I started this book, I was expecting great things because of all the glowing reviews it d received I went out of my way to buy it, too, which isn t something I do often Some people have been saying this book is fantastic from the get go I agree the first chapter is positively charming It is But then chapter two slowed down, and I was afraid of continuing on, because I was afraid the rest would go downhill, la too many books to remember, let alone list.Turns out I could not bewrong The slow down was actually not as slow as I figured how did I reach that conclusion , and as soon as I got past this perceived bump on the road, the book charged forward with such flair, such candor, and a voice that just won t quit The writing could not bepitch perfect and though there s a lot of cursing not a problem with me, but with others it ll be, I m sure the profanity is perfectly done to a teen s While the narrative often reads like the character is enacting a monologue and most assuredly not a monotonous one , it s also got this magnetic, readable quality that makes it shine.And finally, to my favorite part of any review the characters Beautiful to the third power, well drawn, three dimensional in short great The development was mind blowing, not only on the part of the main character, the witty Audrey, but also Victoria s, Jonah s, and James s And, of course, Evan, even though he s absent for most of the novel They all especially Audrey had this amazing sense of humor that kept me turning pages Pair this up with the quick pacing and edgy realism, and you ve got yourself a winner.Robin Benway s got one hell of a skill on her hand I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next Whatever it is, Robin, please don t kill it by sticking My Chemical Romance in the middle P To which Robin replied that she loves MCR Aww. Let me first say that this book is highly praised by both readers and literary critics, therefore I am sure there is a lot of merit to it However for me Audrey, Wait simply didn t work There are several reasons why I didn t like this book 15 16 year olds having sex, drinking and taking drugs, excessive and unnecessary use of f word, Audrey s unrealistic fame I don t think anybody would be interested in a girl who had a song written about her, no matter how popular this song is I was able disregard these minor issues, because I ve seen and read it all before and don t have much of a problem with that What I couldn t get over was the voice of the book, Audrey s voice Maybe I don t remember what it is being a teenager any, or maybe I have never been a teenager like Audrey, but I found her annoying to no extent The whining, the snarkiness, the carelessness I absolutely disliked this character and it almost never happens to me I didn t think Audrey or anyone in this book was a multidimensional character either It seemed like the defining characteristics of Audrey were her love for music and cat and snarkiness.Another thing, this book painfully reminded me of both Nick and Nora s Infinite Playlist and Juno Same obsession with music and pretentiously sophisticated teenage conversations which I have never heard in real life.It was a chore for me to finish this book, but it doesn t mean I would recommend it to nobody Obviously, there is an audience for this kind of literature, many people especially younger teenagers and music fans have and will enjoy it Unfortunately, I am just not one of these people. Audrey has just dumped her sort a loser boyfriend who then writes a song about how she dumped him Now she and the song have become famous Seen as the villian in the song she s scrutinized by the public and her whole life has turned upside down.I really tried Really I did, but after hitting the fourth chapter and the 50th f bomb I just couldn t do it I know teens cuss, and I know they use the f word, but seriously Was that really necessary I literally stopped reading and started opening random pages 9 out of 10 times I found the f bomb and EVERY time there was a cuss word Come on people, you don t even use the word right In case you didn t know it s a verb, NOT an adverb or adjective Inanimate objects can t f Okay Okay I skimmed the rest of the book and ended up reading most of it I was really tempted to read the whole thing because there were some very funny parts Even though I didn t read the whole thing through, I could see why all those celebrities complain about not having privacy and all those tabloids that spread lies All the cussing really takes away from the book though It was distracting and kept me from getting into the story There were times when a character would start cussing up a storm and it didn t seem like something they would do or that they d react that way At the beginning I really didn t like Audrey She seemed superficial and mean at times, but she grows a lot by end of the book If you don t mind cussing then I think you could really enjoy this book I really wish there would ve been less though, because I think I could ve liked it. The best and the only good character in this book was an oversized cat named Bendomolena Really.I did like Audrey, the MC, at the beginning But damn if this girl didn t start annoying me as the book went onI care, Victoria Or does that not matter any Does my opinion not even count Oh, no, it definitely counts In fact, that s all that counts What the fuck does that mean News flash, Aud You re all you talk about any, and even then, all you do is complain You re a fucking whinerpretty much my sentiments yeahThe love interest, James, was so bland We never got to know his character All I know is that he s shy, probably doesn t have any friends insert question mark and likes music but can t sing That s all that was revealed It was one of the blandest romances I ve read about in recent memory The storytelling also didn t really work for me It was told in this way like Audrey was looking back and telling me, the reader, a story of what happened after the breakup So there was a lot of But I m sure you already know that type of thing And I guess it wasn t my cuppy in this case.Most of all, though, this book was suposed to be a fun story about a girl breaking up with her boyfriend and subsequently becoming famous after he wrote a very popular she broke my heart type of song about her That premise interested me A lot This was supposed to be humorous adventure with a lighthearted narrative that was in prespective of the ridiculous situation It was not, however, supposed to be all angst It wasn t supposed to get annoying I think me getting tired of the MC was somewhere around the time she started whining about her current situation 24 7 Girl, get a little prespective, will ya It just wasn t fun It didn t make me laugh at all It s like the book tried to be fun, but got drowned with Audrey s inner whinings and angst fest It was also veeerryy unrealistic, but that s about the only thing I expected and got from this book Crowds would t care quite SO much about the girl behind a current popular breakup song.All in all, not what I expected, nor wanted I know this is the author s first book, released 2008, and as much as I was annoyed, I didn t hate this book, so 2 stars Although I d much rather recommend Emmy Oliver for sure. A girl finally brings herself to break up with her agreeable ish but self centered slacker boyfriend, and he chooses that moment to finally pay attention to her Unfortunately, the attention is paid in the form of an angst ridden song that ends up becoming his band s big break Naturally this turns Audrey a celebrity and she finds herself practically held hostage by her new insta fame I wonder if anyone can read this book now and not think if even for a moment of the once unavoidable Hey There Delilah At any rate, the chain of events that follow are pretty predictable friendships are strained while former school enemies try to mooch off any residual limelight they can absorb, Audrey s parents end up finding out far too much information about her love life, and ultimately there s a showdown with her ex Hijinks ensue Still, Audrey s friends and ex boyfriend are pretty entertaining Evan inevitably calls to mind that guy probably all of us have dated at one point because who isn t susceptible to a guy with a guitar Audrey herself is a little prickly at times, but stumbles into a fair share of of fairly funny situations, and the music references fly pretty fast and furious All in all, I came out of it feeling that Meg Cabot may have a few things to answer for because this book felt tighter and smarter than some of her books have lately, and will probably snag a lot of her fan base. This book is quite different from what I have read in the Young Adult genre so far I found this buried deep in the pit that is my TBR It was a short and fast paced book so I decided to pick it up.The story is interesting This book is about a girl, who breaks up with a guy and has a song written about her Some Taylor Swift vibes right there Unfortunately for Audrey, the song, Audrey, Wait suddenly becomes really popular, and her life starts to spiral out of control Audrey has the wildest time as she constantly gets hounded by the media and harassed by the public attention Others come calling for their fifteen minutes of fame, throwing other obstacles in her path and poor Audrey pretty much has to put herself under house arrest so she can keep her sanity.I wasn t expecting it, but this book actually gave me a lot of things to think about People are very prone to hero worshipping famous celebrities and this can lead to a lot of damage in the celebrities personal lives, and the lives of the people closest to them There are all these memes and videos that go viral, right How many of us actually stop to think about the people who are actually involved in them Can they really handle their fifteen minutes of fame Is it because of the inability to handle the newfound fame that some celebrities have a substance abuse problem Here, Audrey had a pretty successful song written about her, but she wasn t actually involved in the writing or production process Yet, she had people hacking into her phone, following her, and pretty much disrupting her life I was very close to getting a headache just reading this, and then thinking about all those people who have to go through something like it As a bit of an introvert, it is possible I m slightlysensitive but this still feels like a threat to someone s privacy and that s plain scary to me Fortunately, Audrey finds a lot of support from her family and her friends and she is able to steer her life back on track Untilmayhem ensues.Along with the story, there are quite a few other things working in this book s favor, and some issues as well Pros 1 PaceThis took me about 3 hours to finish and considering this book is about 250 pages long, I d say this was pretty fast paced 2 LengthThis book was not very long It was well edited and there weren t many redundant scenes 3 Story StructureA unique narrative structure is used to tell this story It starts with the narrator, Audrey, referring to the reader as someone who must already be privy to The Song and The Music Video So, using the book, Audrey essentially confides in the reader and tells her side of the story I have not seen a story structure like this before, implementing a long flashback, and I actually quite enjoyed this form of story telling It was structuredlike a movie where the audience is taken into confidence by the narrator 4 WritingRobin Benway s writing is very relatable Her characters seem to say exactly what you and I think about a particular situation I ve read Also Known As by the same author, and her writing, in both books, has felt very real 5 CharactersEven though Audrey was kind of an idiot at times, I couldn t bring myself to be cross with her She was quite endearing and her plight was pretty upsetting I felt she was a bit immature but I still managed to root for her in the end The supporting characters were also nice They were pillars of support for Audrey and each tried their best to give her a semblance of a normal life If friends won t bring a hammer to break the CD of the guy who has wronged you, then who will 6 Song RecommendationsThis book has a bunch of mentions of different songs in chapter quotes, and in the main story I have made a list of them and will be listening immediately Cons 1 ImmaturityAs I said before, there was a bit of immaturity in the actions of some characters but it is understandable in the grand scheme of things Plus, when you are 16, you are allowed to be a little immature 2 LoopholeOne of the characters, the main antagonist, Sharon Eggleston, hates Audrey She is always trying to make some kind of profit off of Audrey s situation and she pretty much loathes Audrey I have two problems with this character First, she is a cliche You know the type incredibly popular, spectacularly beautiful, and who, for some reason, hates the female protagonist Second, the reason why she hates Audrey is pretty unclear Why do these girls hate each other She just seemed like a token character to me but the thing is, a lot of blame was placed on her and I would just like to know why This loophole is still niggling at the back of my mind as I write this review.Overall, this book is a fun, quick read The characters are likable, and the narrative structure is interesting If you are in the mood for a light hearted YA romance set in the music world, this could just be what you re looking for. 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 Wow I expected this book to be good, and boy was I wrong, it was amazzzzing I liked Audrey s character, the writing style, the music references, the plot, and how realistic it was while still being very light readish When I saw the description, I was like this is unexpected, it seems pretty cool Then when I actually got my hands on the book, I saw that it was reviewed by Meg Cabot, and I was pretty worried about the originality of it all But no worries, Audrey, Wait was as amazing as the description.Audrey has decided to break up with her, space cadet, self and band obsessed boyfriend She s pretty much over it until that night when, at the concert, she hears his band s new song a breakup song that would make her want to dance, if it weren t about her Lucky JK for her, a guy from a record company is at the performance, and just after things start to calm down a bit, she hears THE SONG on the radio Audrey, wait the song is a huge hit and soon it s all over the radio and the paparazzi is after her But Aud just wants to get back to life, school, and the pursuit of happiness plus possibly a new boyfriend Though there are plenty of benefits of being famous, it doesn t really in Audrey s opinion balance out being followed everywhere, or balance out all the jealous girls, adoring fans, gawkers, and people who want to get money off of cell phone pictures Through this all Audrey stays lovable, funny, and as original as the plot Also, I loved her music taste The bits of songs at the beginnings of each chapter were things that I looked forward to, and I loved loved loved the quote from Bea s Song River Trilogy II by The Cowboy Junkies I love not feeling alone in my music taste All in all, A plus plus plus and if you don t love my review, my other one was better but I lost it P.S If you loved the music references as much as I did, you might also like Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by whatserface.P.P.S If you loved the laughs, you may like The Queen Geek Social Club. TODO MAL TODO MAL Que te paso Robin Esto es un ultraje, un esc ndalo Esto podr a haber sido SO MUCH MORE Tenemos a la protagonista que seg n la gente es la nueva Courtney Love, y le hacen slut shaming a m s no poder y en vez de que el libro sea No soy una puta, NINGUNA chica es una puta, la palabra PUTA no es m s que un invento mis gino para hacer sentir mal a las mujeres y denigrarlas por ser due as de su vida sexual termina siendo Yo no soy una puta , yo no soy como ESAS chicas Odio esos dobles est ndares de mierda a la final les molesta que les digan puta y vez de avivarse y darse cuenta que es un INVENTO MIS GINO se la pasan haciendo slut shaming a otras mujeres IDIOTAS.La idiota de la protagonista es igual que la tarada de Storm Si quieren leer un libro BUENO de Robin les recomiendo Emmy Oliver.