Jul 23, 09
Read in June, 2008
When 16-year-old Audrey dumps her musician boyfriend, he writes a song about it which ends up soaring to the tops of the top ten lists. Now Audrey finds herself inexplicably popular, as kids at school start asking for her autograph, and strangers snap photos of her through the school windows. She's trying to get the cute guy at work to notice her, but on their first date they get chased and cornered by paparazzi, and need a police escort to get home. It finally comes to a head as her ex calls to ask if she'd go on a live TV interview with him and the band.
It's a cute story; I kept thinking about Maroon 5 the entire time... (Their break-out album was based on songs written when the lead singer broke up with his girlfriend...) But my biggest beef with it is that Audrey uses some pretty salty language. Most other teen books that I've read use foul language very spareingly, generally for the emphasis in a particular scene. But Audrey peppers even her casual conversations with far too many curse words for my comfort. Granted, the girl is under stress; she's getting stalked by fans, media, and even other wannabe bands. But most of the teens I know don't drop the f-word in a normal conversation. Maybe I just know some exceptional teens?