Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Audrey never thought her boyfriend, Evan, and his band, The Do Gooders, would have much of a musical career. Turns out breaking up with him was just the inspiration he needed to write the song that would take the country by storm and launch The Do Gooders, and Audrey, to fame.
So how would you react if you suddenly became famous, all because your now ex-boyfriend wrote a song about how you dumped him?
Audrey tries to deal with fame by living as normally as possible, which in her case means going to school, hanging out her best friend and her best friend’s boyfriend, working at the Scooper Dooper, and generally living and breathing music. But normal is hard to do when you’re suddenly famous, even for someone as awesome as Audrey. This is her side of the story, of why she broke up with Evan and what happened to her life after Evan wrote “Audrey, Wait!” And why she didn’t wait.
Robin Benway‘s Audrey, Wait! is a fun, and funny, voyeuristic peek at what life might be like for a girl who who never asked to become famous. The high concept plot alone will attract teens*, and Benway backs it up with strong writing and great characterizations. Audrey’s voice is chatty and candid, enjoyable enough that I would probably have kept reading even without the plot. Benway makes you feel how much Audrey loves music, even if Audrey isn’t a musician but only served as an unwilling muse to one. Each chapter starts with a song lyric, which made the book even more fun. And considering how central music is to the book, the musical references never feel forced or false. It’s more like the kind of taste in music you only wish you were cool enough to have.
Also great are Audrey’s parents. Unlike the YA fiction cliché of parents who are absent, neglectful, or downright abusive, Audrey’s parents, well, rock. They love their daughter and want the best for her, and if that means enforcing new rules in light of the paparazzi and random teen fans now trailing Audrey’s every move, then more rules it is. As for Audrey, she may not like the new rules, but she does like her parents, so she’s willing to go along with their rules.
Audrey, Wait! will be published on April 10. If you’re a fan of music or just plain enjoyable books (and not bothered by the swearing and references to sex, drugs, and drinking that, honestly, can only be expected in a book about rock & roll), pick this one up.
* I was telling my teen book group about it and all, um, four people who were there at the time (not much, I know, but it’s pretty new and I’m trying to build the group up. And considering those three months in a row when absolutely no one came, I was one happy librarian) now want to read it.