Ready or Not, Fame is Coming!

Summary:

Audrey Cuttler (16) just broke up with her boyfriend Evan. After the breakup, Evan writes a song that his band the Do-Gooders performs. Now the song is on the airwaves all around the world. The band is famous  and now, so is Audrey.  She didn't ask for this, but now she has to deal with all the ways it is changing her life. Paparazzi follow her, famous people want to know her. How is she going to survive being famous and still live a normal life? 


BTSYA / Teen Reader (16):
I loved this book and read it fast because I was really interested in it. The writing is excellent, the plot is fascinating, and the story will interest anyone. It's funny and made me laugh, which is always good. The story is from Audrey's perspective, and the reader gets to feel what it is like to be famous and all the stress of it. The author captured perfectly how a teenager would write. All  the characters are relatable and 3 dimensional. I also loved how easy it is to relate to Audrey and her life, as well as the romantic parts. That made the story sweet and kinda cute.

Audrey, Wait! gave me a lot of things to think about. It is really thought-provoking in addressing the popular belief that fame is always good. It isn't always what it seems, and through Audrey we see the inside of fame.

Not everything is explained, and I didn't like that. For example, there is no backstory about Sharon, who bullies Audrey. Why does she want to ruin Audrey's life? Sharon fits the “mean girl” stereotype, but we don't know what happened in the first place. It created a bit of a loophole in the book, and it makes me wonder if the author ever realized it. Then there's Audrey's best friend Victoria. I hated her throughout the book. At first, she was funny, but then obsessive in doing things for "free stuff." She didn't change at all in the book. The other disappointment is Audrey's relationship with James. They are cute together, but it seems forced. They don't have the same kind of connection that other relationships in the story do. Also, the romance between Audrey and James was a bet forced. Yes, they were cute together, but they did not really have a connection that other relationships have.

Because it has a totally teen vibe, this would be perfect for anyone 13 and older, especially someone into music because it recommends many songs, and incorporates different songs and bands into the story. This book may work better for girls because of the story arc. Note: there is a LOT of swearing in this book.

 


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers looking for a fast read with a pop-culture feel will breeze through Audrey, Wait! Music lovers get ready to add to your playlist!

Content Awareness Factors:

The plot contains profanity, sexual situations, and drug use.


Type of Book:
This is a pop culture novel built around the idea of becoming a famous teen.
Educational Themes:

The story is meant to be read for fun, but as our teen reviewer points out, there are many points of discussion about fame and its impact on someone's life.

Reading Level:
4.6
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
12 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 15
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. If you know someone who loves music, you might buy it for them.

Title Audrey, Wait!
Author Robin Benway
Publisher Razorbill, Imprint Penguin Young Readers Group © 2008
ISBN 9781595141910
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Music, Humor, Performing Arts, Contemporary Fiction, Romance
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