Reviewed by Hillary Krajewski (age 15) for Reader Views (6/08)
Audrey Cuttler is just a normal teenage girl. She has two parents, a best friend, an overweight cat, and a boyfriend named Evan, who’s in a band. Oh, wait. Make that an ex-boyfriend. When Audrey breaks up with him on the day of his concert, Evan writes a song about the breakup named Audrey, Wait!, to show her how he feels. But who would’ve expected it to become so well known? And when Audrey, Evan, and his band “The Do Gooders,” all get famous, things get really crazy.
Now, as Evan’s traveling the world and endorsing his new song, Audrey’s stuck at home being stalked by paparazzi, as well as everyone who owns a camera phone. All she wants to do is live a normal life but she learns that that’s becoming harder and harder to do. She can’t go to work, school, or anywhere without being gawked at or having pictures taken of her. Will she find a way to deal with it? Because the way things are going, the attention doesn’t seem to be dying down anytime soon.
I thought that the book was absolutely wonderful. It had an engaging plot and a lot of action. The book was never boring and it was nearly impossible to put down. I think that teens, ages fifteen through eighteen-years will find this book very entertaining, especially if they’re into music. There was a pretty liberal use of swearing throughout the book, but a mature reader would be able to handle it. I loved that at the beginning of each chapter there was a quote from a song that tied in with the chapter. I thought that it really added to the musical aspect of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves music. “Audrey, Wait” is a fantastic book written by a great new author. Robin Benway is a fabulous writer and I will be sure to check out any of her upcoming books.