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Audrey, Wait!

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  14,618 ratings  ·  1,269 reviews

Audrey Cuttler's life hasn't been the same since that song, "Audrey, Wait!" hit the airwaves. All she wants to do is go to concerts, hang out with her friends, and maybe score a date with the cute boy who works with her at the Scooper Dooper.

But now, her ex-boyfriend's song about their breakup is at the top of the charts and she's sudden
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published April 10th 2008 by Razorbill
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Morgan F
I need to clarify. This book is more of 4.5.

Girl meets boy. Girl dates boy. Girl breaks up with boy. Boy writes song about girl. Girl becomes famous.

You know, I really wasn't expecting this novel to be as unique as it was. It could have easily been annoying and cliched, but instead it was fresh and humorous. And when I say humorous, I mean it. This book was laugh-out-loud funny. So I advise you not to read this book in public. We don't want the person sitting next to you on that 5 hour flight to
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, blog
What to do when you come to the realization that, behind the pretty packaging, your boyfriend is basically a self-centered, narcissistic asshat? If you have a brain in your head, you dump him, of course. And that is precisely what Audrey does. Normally that would be the end of the story--except that Audrey's boyfriend has his own band, a modicum of talent, the inspiration for the ultimate break-up song, and a record executive coming to see his gig on the same night that Audrey dumps him. And so, ...more
Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
Let me first say that this book is highly praised by both readers and literary critics, therefore I am sure there is a lot of merit to it. However for me "Audrey, Wait!" simply didn't work.

There are several reasons why I didn't like this book: 15-16 year-olds having sex, drinking and taking drugs, excessive and unnecessary use of f-word, Audrey's unrealistic fame (I don't think anybody would be interested in a girl who had a song written about her, no matter how popular this song is). I was abl
Feb 17, 2009 marked it as attempted-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Audrey has just dumped her sort a loser boyfriend who then writes a song about how she dumped him. Now she and the song have become famous. Seen as the villian in the song she's scrutinized by the public and her whole life has turned upside down.

I really tried. Really I did, but after hitting the fourth chapter and the 50th f-bomb I just couldn't do it. I know teens cuss, and I know they use the f word, but seriously? Was that really necessary? I literally stopped reading and started opening r
Steph (Reviewer X)
May 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every fucking one

Audrey, Wait! is fucking awesome. I hope we can aptly conclude how much thought I’m putting behind that statement, given this is the first time I’ve outright cursed on this blog. (Which is surprising, actually, as I’m such a potty mouth.)

When I started this book, I was expecting great things because of all the glowing reviews it’d received. I went out of my way to buy it, too, which isn’t something I do often. Some people have been saying this book is fantast
Aug 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Meg Cabot, Sarah Mlynowski
Shelves: young-adult
A girl finally brings herself to break up with her agreeable(ish) but self-centered slacker boyfriend, and he chooses that moment to finally pay attention to her. Unfortunately, the attention is paid in the form of an angst-ridden song that ends up becoming his band's big break. Naturally this turns Audrey a celebrity and she finds herself practically held hostage by her new insta-fame. I wonder if anyone can read this book now and not think (if even for a moment) of the once-unavoidable "Hey Th ...more
Maggie ☘
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
The best (and the only good) character in this book was an oversized cat named Bendomolena. Really.

I did like Audrey, the MC, at the beginning. But damn if this girl didn't start annoying me as the book went on.

“I care, Victoria! Or does that not matter anymore? Does my opinion not even count?”
“Oh, no, it definitely counts. In fact, that’s all that counts!”
“What the fuck does that mean?”
“News flash, Aud! You’re all you talk about anymore, and even then, all you do is complain! You’re a fucking w
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is quite different from what I have read in the Young Adult genre so far. I found this buried deep in the pit that is my TBR. It was a short and fast-paced book so I decided to pick it up.

The story is… interesting. This book is about a girl, who breaks up with a guy and has a song written about her. (Some Taylor Swift vibes right there.) Unfortunately for Audrey, the song, "Audrey, Wait" suddenly becomes really popular, and her life starts to spiral out of control. Audrey has the wilde
Elizabeth Wallace
Sep 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: (most) people who love rock
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, 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
Nov 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I. Am. Speechless. This is such an amazing, fantastic, spectacular book filled with wit on nearly every page! While not the most diverse book, it's unique and quirky, and I recommend it to any teenage girl (or guy, who knows?) because it will make you laugh so hard. Five stars! :D ...more
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-contemporary
Audrey,Wait! was a totally cute book. I loved reading about how a entire persons life can change with the course of one song.
If you want a cute read, this is def. worth your time!
Dec 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who want a light, quick and entertaining read
Recommended to Agnė by: Self Respect Teen Lit Book Group

Robin Benway’s young adult novel “Audrey, Wait!” centers around an ordinary teenager from California, Audrey Cuttler, who loves music, works at an ice cream shop and has, in her own words, an elephantine cat. But after Audrey breaks up with her self-centered boyfriend and he writes a song about it, everything changes seemingly overnight. As the song “Audrey, Wait!” races up the charts, Audrey gets caught in the spotlight and cannot even leave the house without a mob of paparazzi
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: why-the-hype
Rating: 3.5 Stars

When I first came across Audrey, Wait! in my library, I dismissed it as being a rather silly novel. You see, I can be a very snobbish reader. Unless a book screams "DEPTH!" to me, I usually walk away from it. Well, then I joined GoodReads and virtually all my friends have loved this novel - even those who aren't fans of contemporary literature. As such, I couldn't help but pay my library another visit and check out the excruciatingly bright hardcover edition of this book. I kept
Dec 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: forever-love
When Audrey breaks up with her wanna be rock star boyfriend, little does she realise that later on that night, at a performance in front of an A&R gut, he hits the big time with a song about her.  Not about how nice she is, or what an awesome girlfriend she was, no, he sings about their break up and how she broke his heart.  The song rockets to number one in the charts and soon Audrey's life is turned upside down.  Her outfits are scrutinised and copied, her love life hits the headlines, but all ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: play-on
So I think we all know by now that contemporary? So not my main squeeze. I'll step out with one every once in a while, and after reading nothing but praise for Robin Benway's Audrey, Wait!, I decided it was worth a shot. Of course, before cracking that spine I had to sit myself down and have a talk: I was going to have to suspend disbelief, big time. I wasn't going to let the notion that the entire plot of Audrey, Wait! is utterly ridiculous and unrealistic overcome my enjoyment of the story. I ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
With Audrey, Wait!, I’ve now read all of Robin Benway’s books. It’s been ups and downs for me for the most part. She definitely has major contemporary talent, but some of them were not my favorites tbh. Audrey, Wait! was Benway’s first book, and there’s a lot to recommend it but she’s also come a long way since then.

Audrey’s not really what I might have expected. In general, Benway’s heroines have been very likable, but Audrey’s a bit harder to take. She’s a teenager, I guess, with all that can
Princess Bookie
Aug 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts: Audrey, Wait! is an amazing book! Its one of the best books I've read this year! I just loved it from start to finish! I usually don't rate books this high because either 1. They just aren't that great. 2. Because they don't seem to compare to my obsession of how good The Twilight Saga or Harry Potter was. I do enjoy books but I don't love love love them! This one was one I actually loved. I loved Audrey, and I loved James. I even loved to hate Evan! I don't know why I waited so lon ...more

This was my third re-read of this book over the years and it still made me fall all over for it. Audrey’s a high school girl whose boyfriend wrote a song about their breakup. He titled it Audrey, Wait!, and to her misfortune the song turned out to be so good, it became famous. Suddenly, she’s popular at school, everyone wants to be around her and the paparazzi are hounding her. And all she did was break up with him.

First of all, kudos to the author for the excellent, witty writing that made ever
The biggest problem with Audrey, Wait! is that the whole plot revolves around a so-called catchy, chart-topping song of the same name. Since we can't hear the song, we can only rely on Audrey's word and the words of the song, which are, honestly, pretty lame. While there are popular songs out there with lame lyrics, it's usually because of the beat, the music. But because we can't hear the song in Audrey, Wait!, all I could think was that "Audrey, Wait!" was quite possibly the dumbest song ever, ...more
Jul 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
I grew up as a Jenny amidst Tommy Tutone's "Jenny (867-5309)." I know an Eileen who lived through the heydey of "Come on, Eileen." These songs, however, were not written ABOUT us, they just featured our names. Imagine if you broke up with a dude who then turned around and wrote a song about how cold hearted you were, with the annoying refrain of "Your name, wait!" Audrey is that girl, and she's immediately launched into the public eye (a place in which she is none too comfortable). The character ...more
Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, 2010, ya
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Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I actually enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I thought it would be a lighter, silly read - and I thought it'd suffer from not aging well in the land of technology in constant flux.

But really, it was good.

And I don't say that lightly. The character was a bit flawed but she was believable. I can't even imagine the horror of someone writing a break up song about you leaving them and suddenly becoming famous from it all. I loved her best friend, who brought over a hammer at the perfect time
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a fun read
If you ever feel like reading a book that makes you laugh, lets you escape into a light, fun world, and really really entertains you, this is it. Audrey, Wait! is a simple book, nothing extremely original or groundbreaking, but it's one that works and that successfully reaches its goal - to entertain. I laughed out loud, I related to the characters, I enjoyed all the music references, and in my opinion, it has some of the most accurate characterization of teens I've read in a while.

There are ma
Jun 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
My friend Karen has been trying to get me to read AUDREY, WAIT! for the last few months and I was happy it popped up this time around. I really had meant to read it when it came out in 2008 and the host of favorable reviews spurred me on, but somehow it got lost in the shuffle. I knew just the very basic premise of the book and I knew it involved a lot of great rock music--always a plus--and something about the title just sort of grabs you, doesn't it? I'm also a fan of the original hardback cov ...more
Rainy Rose
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laid back and funny. I love Audrey! And I love her parents too because they're like, so cool! I kinda laugh at first though. I mean a song titled "Audrey, Wait!"? Ohmigosh hahaha. But that song was the reason Audrey's life got turned upside down. I admire Audrey on how she handled all those sudden "fame" and like she said, we all make mistakes and do stupid things, but that's just who we are and we changed, every day. ...more
Sep 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008
Teenager Audrey Cuttlin dumps her rock-singer/boyfriend Evan, only to have Evan write a song about the experience. After hearing the song performed at a party, Audrey assumes she's heard the end of it, until the song gets picked up and becomes a smash hit. Now Audrey is the focus of a media firestorm as the song rockets up the charts.

Can Audrey go back to being a normal teenager when her every move is scrutinized by the media, debated by the on-line community and documented for all to see?

Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Agustina by: Alejandra Aponte
Shelves: owned, packed
I'm giving this book two stars and I'm already feeling bad about it. It seems a bit harsh. But two stars is "it was ok" and that's my opinion because I was kind of expecting more of this book. I don't really know why. Maybe because the premise to it was kind of original. A girl who becomes famous for breaking up with her boyfriend. Though she never wanted the fame, she now has to deal with it.
I don't know, maybe I'm growing out of this kind of books. The sixteen year-old girl who is kind of
Aug 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Originally posted here.

When I asked for music-themed contemporary YA books, Audrey, Wait! was one of the titles that people kept recommending. I decided to borrow it when I saw that a copy was available at the library. I thought it would be a good idea to read this along with my good friend Heidi of Bunbury in the Stacks because she mentioned that she hasn't read this one either. I had so much fun reading this with Heidi - we divided the book into several sections and we'd email each other back
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars really & one of the funniest books i've read (if not ever, definitely in quite a while)

Full review:

Such an awesome story!
I think I’ve underlined half of the book and 99% of those quotes are laugh-inducing.

The are some notes I made while reading it:

If I go to sleep tonight and then wake up in another story, I want it to be Audrey’s.
If I have a bad day and I need a story to make me smile again, I would read Audrey’s.
If I want my parents to be the best parents ever (even though they are
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed on my blog Reading the Best of the Best.

After having read and loved Robin Benway’s sophomore novel, The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June, I decided that I would get her debut novel Audrey, Wait! This is a novel that I have heard nothing but amazing things about so I was eager to see how I would like it. I learned some things while reading this book: 1) I don’t listen to enough American music since each chapter in this book had song lyrics and I only knew a few of
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Robin Benway is a National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author of six novels for young adults, including Audrey, Wait!, the AKA series, and Emmy & Oliver. Her books have received numerous awards and recognition, including a 2008 Blue Ribbon Award from the Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books, 2009's ALA Best Books for Young Adults, and 2014's ALA Popular Paperbacks for Y ...more

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