Monday, February 10, 2014

Time for a Reread: Audrey, Wait!

Monday, February 10, 2014
Audrey, Wait!
You may have noticed all of the posts about Also Known As by Robin Benway leading up to its release week. Well, writing those posts and chatting with you, made me reaaaaally want to read Audrey, Wait! again, so I did.

It's been years since the last time I read it, and even though I've obviously changed, this book is still as amazing as I remember it (and I remember it pretty well- I can still quote most of the opening pages).

So basically, in a bit of a recap (warning: spoilers ahead):

  • Victoria is boss.

Seriously, every girl wants a friend like Victoria. Also, more YA books should feature friendships as fantastic as Audrey's and Victoria's (femships!).
“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.” 

  • James, my book boyfriend.

    James is still my favorite book boyfriend, EVER. I mean it- he is my absolute favorite.
“I liked James and James liked me and we both knew it and if you think about it, that's like a miracle. A real miracle. Everyone says that babies are miracles, and don't get me wrong, I love cute little pudgy babies, but if you think about it, me having a baby right now would not be a miracle. At all. But finding someone that gets me? That's the real work. That's where the miracles are.” 

  • The Dialogue is Awesome

I wish everyone was as witty and sarcastic and awesome as Audrey, her friends ,and her parents. 
“Did you just say ‘frolic’?”
 “Is it not a word?”
“Who the hell says ‘frolic’?”
“I say frolic. And more people should.”
“They should say frolic or actually frolic?” 

  • Positive families in YA!

Speaking of, her parents are awesomely dorky.
"I did my first downward dog today," my dad added proudly, and Victoria made a weird strangled sound and then choked on her breakfast burrito. 

  • The Psyched Factor

The ending still gets me so psyched. Audrey's awesome speech, Victoria and James in the airport, and then the Beatles' lyrics? It leaves me grinning like a crazy person every time I read it.
"Like the Beatles said, “O-bla-di, o-bla-da, life goes on.”
And it does.
Rock on.” 

  • Music! 

Audrey, Wait! makes me want to turn up the radio as loud as it can go. Speaking of, I made a playlist of all the songs listed before each chapter, if you want to take a listen below.
“You have to turn it up so that your chest shakes and the drums get in between your ribs like a heartbeat and the bass goes up your spine and fizzles your brain and all you can do is dance or spin in a circle or just scream along because you know that however this music makes you feel, it’s exactly right.” 

I'm just really glad I reread this book- a reread was just what I needed. And Audrey, Wait! reads just as well as it did the first time. I think that's the mark of a really good book, that it stands the test of time.

What has changed since I first read Audrey, Wait!? Surprisingly, my taste in music, since I really like the above playlist, while I didn't five years ago. Go figure!

How often do you reread books?


  1. Your enthusiasm makes me want to go read this RIGHT NOW! The dialogue and witty banter sounds awesome, as does the friendship and book boyfriend (I really want to meet James).

    1. As for reading the book: yes, yes you should. And James: yes, yes you do! lol

  2. Confession time: I had never heard of this book until a few days ago. Racquel (my co-blogger) re-read it and was talking about how much she loved it. And I was all, "Audrey...huh? Wait for what?" And she hit me over the head from several states away and told me to fix this.

    Well, I haven't yet. But clearly I SHOULD. Because this review makes me want to head to the nearest library and demand they open up so I can grab this book off the shelf.

    And in answer to your question, I reread a lot! Not as much as I used to or as much as I want to, but I usually wind up rereading about one book a month on average.

    1. It sounds like your coblogger is a keeper! lol

      I'm jealous of your rereading skills- I wish I got to reread that often (though my not rereading is self-inflicted).

  3. agree with Mary @ bookswarm your enthusasim for the book plus the above qoutes make me want to go read it right now

    1. I hope you get a chance to read it and that you love it!

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