Wow. I expected this book to be good, and boy was I wrong, it was amazzzzing! I liked Audrey's character, the writing style, the music references, theWow. I expected this book to be good, and boy was I wrong, it was amazzzzing! I liked Audrey's character, the writing style, the music references, the plot, and how realistic it was while still being very light-readish. When I saw the description, I was like "this is unexpected, it seems pretty cool." Then when I actually got my hands on the book, I saw that it was reviewed by Meg Cabot, and I was pretty worried about the originality of it all. But no worries, Audrey, Wait! was as amazing as the description.
Audrey has decided to break up with her, space-cadet, self and band-obsessed boyfriend. She's pretty much over it until that night when, at the concert, she hears his band's new song a breakup song that would make her want to dance, if it weren't about her! Lucky (JK) for her, a guy from a record company is at the performance, and just after things start to calm down a bit, she hears THE SONG on the radio. Audrey, wait (the song) is a huge hit and soon it's all over the radio and the paparazzi is after her. But Aud just wants to get back to life, school, and the pursuit of happiness (plus possibly a new boyfriend). Though there are plenty of benefits of being famous, it doesn't really (in Audrey's opinion) balance out being followed everywhere, or balance out all the jealous girls, adoring fans, gawkers, and people who want to get money off of cell phone pictures.
Through this all Audrey stays lovable, funny, and as original as the plot. Also, I loved her music taste. The bits of songs at the beginnings of each chapter were things that I looked forward to, and I loved loved loved the quote from Bea's Song (River Trilogy II) by The Cowboy Junkies. I love not feeling alone in my music taste.
All in all, A plus plus plus (and if you don't love my review, my other one was better but I lost it!!!!!!)
P.S. If you loved the music references as much as I did, you might also like Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by whatserface.
P.P.S. If you loved the laughs, you may like The Queen Geek Social Club. ...more
Okay, so I picked this up in the library because the cover caught my eye, and within a couple of days, I was finished, and loved it! Changing Emma isOkay, so I picked this up in the library because the cover caught my eye, and within a couple of days, I was finished, and loved it! Changing Emma is about a girl (in Britain, another reason I loved this) who's parents win twenty-three million quid in the lottery. After depositing it in the bank, they're basically making more than they can spend. It seems like it would be smooth sailing, right? What can go wrong? Emma seems to think nothing can at all. Now she can get that boyfriend she wants, a couple more friends, a new dress, whatever she feels like. A trip to Paris or New York? No prob. Getting into a club? A piece of cake, a breeze. Now doesn't this seem like a light, shallow, guilty-but-not-enough-to-stop read? (enough with the question marks) But Emma's father leaves, she's soon down to zero friends, her mother will barely leave the house, her grandma's sick, and her boyfriend is NOT as awesome as he looks. The thing I especially like about this book is Emma isn't one of those boo-hoo-so-many-problem girls, or one of those let's-have-a-party-girls, or even one of those makes-the-right-decisions girls. She's her own person, and that makes for a nice, easy not-guilty-after-all read. Two thumbs up....more
Long story short, I did not expect to enjoy this book. Okay, now I'm legthening the story. First of all, this was assigned reading. Assigned reading,Long story short, I did not expect to enjoy this book. Okay, now I'm legthening the story. First of all, this was assigned reading. Assigned reading, for me, tends to stray toward the interest level of The Two Towers at its most boring. AKA, not interesting! Also, this is nonfiction which I tend not to enjoy as well as a biography with not such an interesting-looking subject matter. Triple threat, plus the whole assigned reading thing.
This was a GOOD book! It was comparable to Hiroshima by Laurence Yep, because it was close to many of the above as well as Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. Actually, it was very good that it was similar to Anne Frank, because that way it wasn't so depressing for me. But let's get on to the actual story , shall we?
Ji-li Jiang (referred to as Jiang Ji-Li in China) is not a rebel who hates what is going on in her country. As a matter of fact, during the entire book she refers to China's leader at the time (and partly the cause of most of the problems) as beloved Chairman Mao. On top of that, when she writes as an adult she seems to have trouble saying just what is the problem and doesn't *exactly* point any fingers (from my perception) at anyone for causing the terrible things. Maybe there wasn't really a cause, maybe things sort of snowballed. But that seems like a bit much for an entire country to go out of control.
At the time the book starts, the "fourolds" are beginning to be persecuted and destroyed. At first it's superstitions, then old things in general, then the capitalism becomes more extreme. Ji-li's family has to fire their maid. Facial cream, nice fabrics, anything fancy, it all becomes wrong. All along in the book rich people in general (especially landlords) are considered evil, taking from the working class. But it gets so bad that families (even distant ones) of landlords are considered to be and ridiculed for being "black". Red is the symbol of the revolution, and black is evil according to the Red Guard. But do you think that it's any reason to leave them out of everything? To treat them like filth? In one part, the Red Guard asks an old and (admittedly) cranky man for his bicycle, I don't know what for. Because he refuses and is related to a counterrevolutionary, the next day they come back, take away his cane, and make him stand in one spot until he passes out from heat exhaustion. Soon after, an old woman jumps out of the window because she is afraid she'll be next and it will get worse. And this is not the worst thing that happens, per se. But still! All around a very enjoyable book. ...more