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What Would Audrey Do?

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,147 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
Though on-camera she was often cast in the role of a carefree ingénue, Audrey Hepburn’s off-camera life was marked by challenges: growing up without a father and with the Nazi threat during her youth; a demanding film career while she was a young mother; unfaithful husbands and two divorces; and constant scrutiny from the media. Yet Audrey Hepburn always epitomized beauty ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 10th 2008 by Gotham (first published January 1st 2008)
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Apr 02, 2012 Molly rated it really liked it
I asked for this book as a gift because Audrey Hepburn is my idol and this book reveals so much about her life and how she dealt with different situations. This book has different stories that show her personality and how wonderful she really was. It also contains fun facts and details about her that make you admire her even more. I hope to be like Audrey one day, and I know a lot of people do because she is so graceful and lovely. This book shares how Audrey is still with us because she has lef ...more
Jan 25, 2013 Kristen rated it liked it
Full disclosure: I am a HUGE Audrey Hepburn-phile. I love her movies, her beauty, her goodwill, her kindness, her peaceful spirit and, most of all, her style. I often joke that my fashion sense is "Audrey Hepburn re-imagined as a hot mess." I pretty much love everything she did and anything about her. That said, I am not entirely sure how I feel about this book. The biographical portions were fantastic, and I learned things I hadn't learned reading other biographies of her. But, I felt like the ...more
Huma Rashid
Nov 17, 2011 Huma Rashid rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Though well written enough in terms of form and structure (I won't say anything about the annoying Royal "we" the author chooses to employ), what this book suffers from is an identity crisis.

Is it a biography of the life and times of the great Audrey Hepburn? Or is it a manual for women to become the Ideal Woman, as Audrey was?

I could forgive the endlessly cloying, sycophantic, stars-in-her-eyes tone of this book were it not for the way the author fails to address this identity crisis. First, s
Feb 26, 2009 Heather rated it it was ok
I can tell you she wouldn't have bought this book!

Oh man, I really wanted to like this book, if just to not feel so shallow for having purchased it in the first place. I gave it two stars because I did learn some things about Audrey Hepburn that I didn't know before. Then again, I wish I had simply read a more serious biography of her life to spare me the candy-coated, repetitive, badly-written "chick-lit" style advice book.

Not only does she repeat the same information and quotes over and over
Olivia Elison
Mar 29, 2015 Olivia Elison rated it liked it
I thought this would be a biography on Audrey, but it was just a bunch of tips on how to be like her. (Which is something all women, especially in today's society, need).
Oct 20, 2008 Tina rated it did not like it
Alot of speculation (how many times did I read "we think Audrey would have..") as to where AH would shop, and vacation if she were alive. Sounded like Keogh was drumming up business for rich friends to me. (the at-home checklist) Whatever... The author has a serious, almost disturbing-worship-like, crush on Audrey. In the back of the book she listed some "Very Audrey" people. Then I really had to wonder if the author new who she was writing about, not sure she knows anything about Audrey. This i ...more
Stephanie Folger
Nov 05, 2008 Stephanie Folger rated it liked it
I initially gave this book 5 stars before I started reading it b/c I thought it HAD to be good being about Audrey and all. Well...
I am a diehard Audrey Hepburn fan, and I know that no one is perfect, but the author begs to differ. She paints Hepburn as an angel when really some of the examples cited actually make Audrey sound like a bit of a diva (to my dismay). And her attempts at including pop culture references are annoying--enough mentioning George Clooney for no reason at all! It's a cute b
Dec 21, 2008 Beckie rated it it was ok
"What Would Audrey Do?" isn't as much fun as it should have been. The book has its moments, including biographical details I hadn't known. But the author insists upon using the royal We to talk about herself, and many of her attempts to discern what Audrey would have thought of internet dating or the iPhone are just silly. She also uses the same quotes and anecdotes repeatedly. And in the end, what Audrey would do is conduct herself with class-not something I am convinced can be learned from rea ...more
Bookish Jen
Apr 08, 2014 Bookish Jen rated it really liked it
A few months ago, I wrote a review of Jordan Christy’s book, How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World. I found Ms. Christy’s tome to be shallow, bitchy, materialistic and judgmental, traits that the late Audrey Hepburn rarely showed. While reading Christy’s blathering, I thought to myself, “You don’t know Audrey Hepburn at all, toots.” I’ve been a huge fan of the late Audrey Hepburn for over twenty years. Not only do I love her movies, I also greatly admire her work with UNICEF. And on a shallow no ...more
Jun 29, 2015 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I would rate this a final 3.5 stars out of five.

This book was chock-full of interesting information. As a new Audrey fan, I didn't know much of the stuff and found it well researched and documented.

I enjoyed the design of it immensely: so easy to read, draws attention to the right things, all very Audrey. The pink theme was great and I adored the continuity. It was nice and clean cut. The art was also adorable.

The clothing tips were all very good and cute and Audrey. Just thought I'd add that

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Jan 11, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any fan of Audrey Hepburn
Shelves: biography
Loving all things Audrey (I walked down the aisle to "Moon River") I had to get this book. It's a fabulous take on a biography of AH, with tips and insights on how she might live in our oh so modern world today.
Audrey is timeless. And I have her to thank for my black ballet flats, carefully lined and mascara'd eyes, and a love of giving back to the world.
This is a fun book for any Audrey-phile.
Eva Blanda
Jan 20, 2016 Eva Blanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library
This is a terrible book. It talks about how to be more like Audrey yet it's written in the most un-Audrey like manner, more like a sensationalist magazine using scandalous headlines to sell more copies. It rehashes the same stories and anecdotes over and over to prove a point and ultimately it becomes tiresome.
A good book to read when you don't want to concentrate too hard, because it is extremely repetitive. Especially if you've already read an Audrey boigraphy or two, you might just want to just skim to the lists. The book was a cute idea and would have made a great longer magazine article, but just not enough there for a book.
Jill Sotelo
Mar 26, 2014 Jill Sotelo rated it did not like it
I saw this book on mod cloth and instantly thought, "pretty cover". I was into Audrey Hepburn movies at the time, so I had to get this book from my library. But Im so disappointed, I just got it today and I was only 20 pages in! I skipped around a bit, but really, I couldn't get through with it, let alone finish it. The introduction itself sounded so pretentious, and more the author wrote it using that kind of "we", uggh. So annoying. We? No, definitely not me. Some of the things said just in th ...more
Jan 28, 2013 Leslie rated it it was amazing
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First of all who does not absolutely love Audrey Hepburn! This book was written about her life, her grace and style. I can see myself re-reding this book in the near future.
May 06, 2015 Janet rated it did not like it
Love Audrey. However, couldn't finish the book. Very disappointing. I really wanted to like it but alas it's unfortunate that I bought it.
Nov 09, 2014 Cameron rated it liked it
I'm going to give this a rounding of 3.5 star rating. It wasn't the most interesting thing I have ever read. I love Audrey Hepburn and for the longest time she has been my role model. She is an elegant, beautiful, talented woman even though she never actually had any professional training. This book was more on how to be like Audrey and not as much about her. There were some things that seemed kind of unnecessary especially all of the addresses that she went to or lived at. It just seemed like i ...more
Jun 25, 2013 Ruth rated it liked it
This book is a basically a lifestyle and looks guide, with Audrey Hepburn as inspiration (and really, who better?). There are also several stories from Audrey’s life (although, as is stated in the introduction, this is not a biography). Split into sections such as clothes, home, romance, etc., the book tells us what Audrey would do (hmm…) and gives advice on how readers can be more like Audrey. At this point, it seems fair to point out that I am a big fan of Audrey Hepburn, both as an actress, a ...more
Jul 25, 2013 Billi rated it really liked it
What would Audrey do? Always a good question to ask oneself when faced with difficult choices, especially when faced with the choice of what you should wear. (I know the fad was WWJD for a long while but WWAD makes it a bit more chic) That being said, we cannot always do what Audrey would do. First off, there is no humanly way possible for my waist to be 20 inches. I tried for two days and couldn't do it. I did figure out that when I am plagued with hunger I resemble a disney villain which is ab ...more
Nov 29, 2012 Ana rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites
What Would Audrey Do? by Pamela Clarke Keogh is more of a book of guidelines on how to be the amazing Audrey Hepburn. Each page gives some secret and some not so secret stories of Audreys life and how she went from invisible to untouchable. Every man wanted her and every women wanted to be her. She had poise, grace, and elegance. Audrey was the ideal model for the phrase "Think like a man, act like a lady."

Keogh keeps her audience turning the page by not just telling Audrey's story, but telling
CJ Reader
Jun 04, 2013 CJ Reader rated it it was ok
This was the first autobiographical works I've read about Audrey Hepburn and I was looking forward to learning about her life as well as seeing her ethos applied to daily life. I did learn much about her life but it was overly focused on her romances (and didn't really portray her in the best light with some) and less on her work ethos. Overall I found the application of Audrey vapid, the tips something I'd expect from the typical chick lit novel and it didn't do justice to the serious, determin ...more
Aug 12, 2015 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me just start by saying I love Audrey- as a fashion icon, role model and fantastic actress. But this book never could live up to her standards. Overall good if you want a trashy take on one of the worlds greatest. I wish I could have enjoyed this book more, because at times I really did think that it was taking a turn but it never really got better. Questions and tips on self improvement that I feel were so generic the author could have been talking about the Queen and it would have been the ...more
Courtney M.
I absolutely love watching movies of Audrey Hepburn and learning about her life. The book is cute at first but I got so irritated by the lack of editing and grammatical issues that I stopped reading it and sold it. I'm not some grammar freak either, it was just that bad. There were times where sentences weren't completed or there were missing periods. Did anyone else notice this?

Also, the book was pretty repetitive.
Mar 05, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
As someone who has avidly followed the life of Audrey Hepburn, I felt that this book did her justice. She seemed to honour not only Audrey's classic style, but also the work she did in her private life. Clarke Keogh was able to frame a brief history of who Audrey was, while inspiring readers to try Audrey's fashion. Not a bad read if you're an Audrey fan, and a Hollywood historian.
Heather Santiago
Whether or not you're an avid fan of Audrey Hepburn, this is a wonderful lifestyle guide for anyone who wants to add some grace and sophistication to their lives. It's full of interesting biographical information, tips, quizzes and anecdotes about Audrey's life and career. She was a beautiful woman, loving wife and mother and compassionate humanitarian all rolled into one.
May 13, 2015 Pontiki rated it it was ok
A fun bit of fluff. Part biography, part beauty tips and etiquette, an interesting look into Audrey Hepburn's life.

My main issue is that it's a bit too fluffy, even in the serious bits about her life. The book also repeats itself, and could have been about 100 pages shorter. I finished it and promptly forgot it. Audrey Hepburn was an amazing person, this book was not an amazing book.
Oct 04, 2015 Cleo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really took ages to finish this book because of being crazy busy but I just couldn't put it down every time I started. Pamela Keogh beautifully describes Audrey who was the epitome of style & elegance. I enjoyed reading it thoroughly & watched her movies while I read. Feel like I really lived the book & her life lessons just seemed so realistic & practical.
Feb 01, 2014 Amber rated it really liked it
I personally really liked this book. I guess for me, it was more about being classy. Sure the author can only give her opinion on what she thinks Audrey would do in certain situations. The parts when it talked about her life, I loved!!! I originally became an audrey fan because of her beauty. To learn these things about who she was & her life, very inspiring!
May 14, 2014 Emily rated it did not like it
Although I enjoyed the bits of biography in this book, the rest was far too colloquial (I never want to hear or see the non-word "natch" ever again) and speculative. Overall, the book was far more insipid than Audrey ever could have been and had little of her grace and charm.
Jul 23, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I found this book quite fun to read. It turns out I'm more like Audrey than I knew (I really didn't know much about her at all before), and that is marvelous to discover. Yes, parts of the book are quite superficial, but surely we all have some things we enjoy in life that are ultimately rather superficial. Furthermore, parts of the book are not superficial at all and focus on Audrey as the wonderful person she was rather than the style icon we remember her as. In fact, by the time I got to ...more
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