View from the window seat:
Sixteen-year-old Audrey Cuttler dumps her boyfriend, Evan, the lead singer of a band called the Do-Gooders, and he writes a song about it. Suddenly, Audrey is skyrocketed into fame as the song climbs the charts and spreads across the globe. Her every move is documented online, people sneak into her school for autographs, and she can’t even go out in public without being mobbed. How is a girl to go to concerts with her best friend Victoria or talk to her crush James? All Audrey wants to do is go back to being a normal teenager, but that may be harder than she thinks.
I am fangirling all over the place this week, because let me tell you, this book is AWESOME. The premise seems absurd at first, but it somehow works. Audrey is the kind of sarcastic, sometimes overly-dramatic narrator that makes for much hilarity. Audrey kind of reminded me of an older Georgia Nicholson, which is one of the highest commendations I can make for a contemporary YA protagonist. She even has a silly cat! Though, there will never be a cat that tops the Scottish tomcat Angus in ridiculousness.
My favorite relationship was between Audrey and Victoria. They have the natural, effortless kind of best friendship that I love to read. They’re both witty and confident with such strong voices that I feel like I know them in real life.
This is the kind of poppy, light reading that I’ve been missing recently. There isn’t any deep soul-searching here, but that doesn’t make this any less enjoyable of a read. In fact, it would be highly out of character for Audrey to wallow in misery.
Ridiculous situations, rapid-fire sarcastic dialogue, and hilarious characters make Audrey, Wait! a must read.