Mundie Moms

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Book Review: Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Release Date: April 10, 2008
Source: Purchased

5 out of 5 stars - put this one on repeat

Synopsis: When her ex writes a break-up song about her that rockets up the charts, Audrey is suddenly famous--she can't go out without being mobbed by fans and paparazzi. Readers can take a wild ride with Audrey as she makes headlines, confronts her ex on MTV, and shows the world who she really is. This irresistible, fast-paced novel has a totally hot new paperback cover! Its the song everyones singing. And its about her! But for Audrey, becoming famous overnight equals total, life-changing disaster. . .

Do a search for "songs with girls names in the title" and you'll be surprised at the amount of songs that are listed. Whoa. There are a hundreds of them. In fact, each generation seems to have their fair share of these songs. Now imagine if you were THAT girl. Wouldn't you want the world to know your side of the story?

Robin presents us with just that plot. I have to admit I liked Audrey from these opening lines:
The day I broke up with my boyfriend Evan was the day he wrote the song. You know, the song. I'm sure you've heard it. Maybe you danced to it at prom or sang it in your car on a Friday night when you were driving and feeling like you must be inhuman to be this happy, the windows down and nothing but air around you. Your mom has probably hummed it while cleaning the dryer's lint trap, and your grandpa has most likely whistled a couple of bars if he's the whistling type.

According to the poll on the front page of USA Today, sixty-three percent of Americans blame me for the breakup, so let me clear the air right now.
You get an idea of her voice -- she's strong, no-nonsense (well as much as any junior in high school can be) and she is well grounded (with help from parents who care and a BFF who is fierce in her loyalty). What Audrey is not prepared for is the sheer volume of fame that such a song brings with it.

Huge props to Robin for writing one of my favorite plot types. You know the one where everything-that-can-go-wrong-will? Yeah, that's exactly what happens in Audrey, Wait! But this is far from a predictable plot, it's filled with a cast of characters that are so relatable I felt I knew them (much like I did Audrey) from the very first moment I read them. I found myself turning pages just to make sure things turn out all right for all of them.

I won't spoil it for you, I promise, but when you're faced with life-changing moments such as a ex's song shooting up every known music chart on the planet, things do change and you adapt to those changes. Robin also wrote in something that I love. And it's in the romantic subplot of the story. There is both kindness and pain in discovering who your true love really is and who your true friends really are. Robin does this beautifully.

Audrey, Wait! is available in both hardcover, paperback and ebook at most of your favorite book retailers. I encourage you to check it out. On a personal note, it's such a great feeling to discover a new author that I love. Robin has a second book out, The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June. Yes, I bought it and I'm looking forward to meeting more of her incredibly written characters.

In My Mailbox #110 & Weekly Feature

Happy Sunday!! In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren for bloggers to share what books they've received the previous week for review, bought, traded, were gifted etc. Here's what arrived in my mailbox this week:

For Review:

* The Rivals by Daisy Whitney, published by Little Brown, released on 2/6/12

* Partials by Dan Wells, published by Harper Teen, to be released on 2/28/12, published book

* The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze, published by Poppy/Little Brown, to be released on 5/8/12

* Purity by Jackson Peace, published by Little Brown, to be released on 4/24/12

For Mundie Kids:

* The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart, published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers, to be released on 4/10/12

* The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, published by Walden Pond Press, to be released on 5/1/12

* Muncle Trogg by Janet Foxly, published by Scholastic


* The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting, from Tara @ Hobbitsies, THANK YOU Tara!!

Thank you to: Little Brown, Harper Teen, Scholastic, and Tara for this week's awesome reads. What goodies did you receive?


Weekly Feature: Here's some of the posts you'll find this past week on the blog

Cassie's latest news:

This week in review:

Fairy Lies by E.D. Baker
Dead to You by Lisa McMann
The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver *spoiler free*

Author interviews:

Veronica Rossi (author of Under The Never Sky)
Julianna Baggott (author of Pure)
S.R. Johannes (author of Untraceable)

This Week's Upcoming Features:

MM's turns 3 this week!! Crazy to think that three years has flown by so quickly. On 2/14 I'm celebrating with some giveaways. Be sure to check back on Tuesday for more info!

Austin area YA fans, don't forget to stop by the Dark Days tour on FRIDAY 2/17/12 at the Barnes & Noble in the Arboretum. I'll be the official live blogger at the event, which means will be interviewing Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows, Cynthia Hand & Courtney Allison Moulton as well as tweeting LIVE from the event under the #darkdays hashtag. This event starts at 7 pm!