Hello, friends! Attention, Attention! is back with a little twist (and the first time I, Magan, am writing one)! This feature is for when we read books the other has already reviewed on the blog and we just need to fangirl about it a little bit more because you just need to read it.
So this time around, I’m sharing a book that Estelle has read, but not reviewed on Rather Be Reading. Since Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway was released in 2008 I thought instead of doing a full review it would be more fun to break things down and share some quotes.
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Audrey is in a lame relationship, but has a supportive best friend.
Audrey dates Evan (ahem, a musician) who is just… lame. He’s self-centered and doesn’t care about anyone but himself. Sure they have decent make-out sessions, but aside from that, there’s not a lot there. And really, he’s so focused on his band, but it’s not really going anywhere (Audrey thinks). I loved this conversation between Victoria, Audrey’s best friend, and Audrey (please note that my quotes are copied from Goodreads):
Audrey: “I told him that my cat was on fire and he didn’t even hear me! On fire, Victoria! And he didn’t care!”
Victoria: “Aud, that is so fucking twisted that I don’t even know where to start.”
Audrey: “Okay, I know, but it had to be drastic.”
Victoria: “That’s not drastic, that’s sadistic. You’ve got your –tics mixed up.”
Audrey: “Will you please focus on the issue at hand? Evan doesn’t listen to what I’m saying!”
Victoria “And this is news?”
Audrey: “Should I break up with him?”
Victoria “Do you want to break up with him?”
Audrey: “I don’t know. Distract me from feeling miserable.”
Victoria “Umm… ummm… I got new shoes.”
Victoria “Wanna come over and try them on?”
Audrey: “I’ll be there in ten minutes.”
When Evan and Audrey break up, he writes a song that sort of becomes…famous.
Audrey, Wait is the title of the song Evan writes when she breaks up with him. His no-good band blows up and suddenly Audrey is thrown into the spotlight, has people stalking her and asking for her autograph, and she gets random calls for interviews with magazines and newspapers. Audrey is irritated this is happening, but Victoria is trying to take advantage of the situation. After one of Audrey’s interviews gets published, Victoria leaves this message on Audrey’s home answering machine:
“WHY ARE YOU NOT ANSWERING YOUR PHONE?!? OH MY GOD, DID YOU SEE THE ARTICLE? I AM FREAKING OUT, WHY ARE YOU NOT ANSWERING YOUR PHONE?!? Please call me, I’m starting to act like Tizzy around here. It’s getting ugly. Oh, hi, Mr. and Mrs. Cuttler, in case you get this first. Everything’s fine, I’m just trying to get ahold of Audrey. Okay, bye. AUDREY, CALL ME BEFORE I HAVE TO RESORT TO SKYWRITING.” – Victoria
Victoria proposes that the best way for Audrey to get over the Evan situation is for her to move on.
With an endless supply of (crazy) ideas, Victoria stands by Audrey’s side as things go from crazy to obnoxious. One suggestion she has along the way is for Audrey to move on and date other people. (Because somehow the media won’t go crazy over that?) Of course Evan is a tool so there has to be another boy interest, right?
Victoria: “What about James?”
Audrey: “James? James, the guy I work with? James who takes ice cream scooping more seriously than anyone should? James who almost had a nervous breakdown when the chocolate and rainbow sprinkles accidentally got mixed together? That James?”
Victoria: “He has a good work ethic. And he’s cute.”
Audrey: “Hello, I’m not thirty. I don’t want a good work ethic yet. I just want someone who can form complete sentences.”
Other major bonus factors about Audrey, Wait:
+ Audrey’s parents play a very big role in her life. She’s an only child and they’re super close. They have a very hands off approach to parenting in the sense that they’re lenient and let Audrey make mistakes, but ultimately, they’re there when they need to be and do a pretty amazing job of guiding her without being pushy or overbearing.
+ Music is a really big deal. Tons and tons of musical references. In fact, here’s an Audrey, Wait! playlist for you (not made by me though).
+ Benway did a lovely job with all the relationships — dating and friendships. There’s a very real understanding of a relationship that goes through ups and downs as well as two friends who don’t always understand each other. It felt very natural and not contrived or ridiculous in any way.
+ Even though Audrey’s caught up in the drama, she has a lot to learn. Sure, Audrey lands in the spotlight by happenstance, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t a flawed character who makes some mistakes and has to grow a bit. (And she’s quite funny along the way — tons of great LOL moments.)
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That wraps up my first Attention, Attention! I hope you’ll consider buying Audrey, Wait! or finding it at your local library. If you’ve read it, tell me what you loved most and maybe share a book or two that’s a bit older I should most certainly read!