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When Audrey Met Alice

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  866 ratings  ·  197 reviews
First daughter Audrey Rhodes re-creates Alice Roosevelt's infamous antics in this fun, smart middle-grade debut

First daughter Audrey Rhodes can't wait for the party she has planned for Friday night. The decorations are all set and the pizza is on its way. But the Secret Service must be out to ruin her life, because they cancel at the last minute-citing security breach and
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Sourcebooks Young Readers (first published January 1st 2014)
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Rebecca Behrens Thanks for reading! Audrey is a fictional first daughter, although I was inspired to write her story because of real first daughters like Amy Carter, …moreThanks for reading! Audrey is a fictional first daughter, although I was inspired to write her story because of real first daughters like Amy Carter, Chelsea Clinton, the Bush twins, and the Obama girls. (Alice Roosevelt was a real person, but her diary entries in the book are fictional.) Audrey's mother was the president, and her dad was the unofficial "First Gentleman." (less)

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Melissa Landers
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2k14
What a fun read; I couldn't put it down! This is the story of Audrey, daughter of what we can assume is the first female POTUS. Frustrated when the novelty of White House life wears off, Audrey finds a kindred spirit in long-deceased first daughter, Alice Roosevelt, through her diary entries.

I could feel Audrey's angst as I cringed and laughed alongside her during this journey. The writing is clean and the pace is perfect. Highly recommend to middle grade and YA readers!

Mari Anne
Mar 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mg-ya
Interesting MG take on history, real and imagined. WAMA follows the fictional first daughter of the first female president as she copes with being an only child in the fishbowl of the White House. She gets herself in trouble when she finds the long lost diary of Alice Roosevelt and tries to emulate her "eat the world" mentality.

I thought this book would have been better without the introduction of the politically charged issue of gay marriage. It was pretty well handled but it always bothers me
Mary Pauline M
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book and have already recommended it to my Mom, believe it or not. Every so often, a young adult genre book catches my eye, and this is one of my all-time favorites.
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
"It was ok." Great concept, but obvious & superficial. Maybe a more naive reader than I will get a kick out of it, but it's not likely to get reread, I don't imagine, nor pushed on friends.

I do have to admit that, when I requested it, I was somehow under the impression that it was a picture-book. I think it would have been better as such. Most of the material here is filler, imo. And, again, a slightly younger audience, say 6-8 instead of 8-12, would, I believe, enjoy it more.
vic (indefinite hiatus)
did i care for this? no, not really.

the plot was semi-okay, if there could even be a plot.

honestly, most of the book was just audrey acting out so that she could be more noticed by her parents. although i understand the angst she feels, i just can't really grasp what outcome she had except for ruining a b/g platonic relationship that existed.

another issue was the gay marriage essay and protest that was brought into the book. honestly, the entire LGBTQ+ part of the novel seemed forced, as if bri
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I thought it was pretty good, and it's cool to see what a first daughter's life would be like! ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
It wasn’t easy to be the First Kid and Audrey was definitely not having a good time because of her status. After moving into the White House, Audrey felt as though she were living in a prison. Could her life change now that she had access to the private journal of Alice Roosevelt?

Audrey was a lonely kid. With her parents busy working all the time, she didn’t really have anyone to talk with. Because she didn’t have any sibling, she could only play alone at the bowling alley inside the White House
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am glad that this was a pick for Dahlia's Book Club, because I really enjoyed it and probably wouldn't have read it otherwise. This one was pretty cute and fun, while also having some serious moments. Overall, I didn't think this read too young for me. It seemed more like it was on the upper end of Middle Grade, since the main character was in 8th grade, and was a teenager.

I enjoyed how this really showed that being the president's daughter isn't necessarily an amazing experience. It shows how
Apr 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Fun, but ultimately light-weight. It delves a little too frequently into standard aftermath a of a tweenager's incredibly bad decisions (sneaking in a boy! sneaking out! risqué clothes! yelling at parents!), exacerbated by doing all of it in the White House. Audrey is young and clueless to the point of frustration, though as a thirteen year old she should probably be excused. She is, after all, lead astray by trying to follow the advice of Alice Roosevelt's diary, which seems to have been writte ...more
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: YA Readers, 5th-6th Graders,
The book "When Audrey Met Alice" was a cute story, but it was a little basic. It was the typical story of a 13 year old facing middle school girl problems. But, the twist in the story is that she is also the first daughter. I think that the story has an inspirational theme with her standing up for herself and believing in herself. ...more
EAT UP THE WORLD!! Love Audrey, love Alice, love EMILY SPINACH!
Audrey Rhodes is the president's daughter and all she wants to do is have a normal life: hang out with her friends, attend parties, and go on class field trips. Instead, she feels like living at 1600 is a prison rather than a privilege. But one night she discovers an old diary in her bedroom that belonged to Alice Roosevelt, former First Daughter and well-documented Washington rabble-rouser. Suddenly, reading of Alice's eccentric ways (that included walking around the White House with a garter s ...more
Katy Upperman
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
I loved this book. Really and truly. It was fun to read from the perspective of past Pre-Teen Katy, and it was also an easy story to relate to as Adult Katy. It’s a coming-of-age story, one that reminds readers that teenagers are not hopeless and adults (even Very Important Adults) aren’t perfect. It’s so much more than the lighthearted shenanigans-in-the-White-House story I was expecting.

When Audrey Met Alice is two stories in one. It switches back and forth between First Daughter Audrey Rhodes
Liza Wiemer
I don't read that many MG novels, but I was totally captivated by When Audrey Met Alice, a story about a first daughter Audrey Rose discovering Alice Roosevelt's diary in one of the closets in the White House. As Audrey tries to adjust to her own life as first daughter, Alice through her diary becomes Audrey's guide. I love how Behrens uses historical information in this novel and mixed it with a modern story. I was transported to the White House and Audrey's school. I got a very strong sense on ...more
Jen Malone
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When Audrey Met Alice tells the story of a First Daughter who should be on top of the world, with a newly-elected president for a mom, she gets to live in the White House. But having to move away from a cozy home for a formal mansion, start at an intimidating new school, and get trailed everywhere by Secret Service isn't always smooth sailing. That's why she's so intrigued (and mischievously inspired) when she finds Alice Roosevelt's hidden diary in a closet of the Residence and learns how the " ...more
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-fiction
Audrey Rhodes just wants to have a pizza party with her friends. It shouldn't be so impossible. But when you are the daughter of the president, a security breech can really mess up your plans. Not to mention the Secret Service agents following your every move. And friends at school calling you Fido behind your back.

But Audrey finds a new friend when she uncovers Alice Roosevelt's diary under a floorboard in the dining room. Separated by 100 years, Alice's diary entries mirror Audrey's experience
L. Chase
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE is fantastic!! I love the blend of the historical with the modern day-- it is so fun to see how the main character (and 1st daughter of the United States) Audrey Rhodes is influenced by historical 1st daughter Alice Roosevelt via her diaries! The history embedded in the plot is SO FUN! Post-reading, I find myself wanting to know more, more, MORE about life in the White House and Alice Roosevelt!

What else? The middle grade voice is pitch perfect! Audrey is so funny. Best of
Emery Lord
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book even more than I thought I would--and I've been obsessed with reading it for months. Audrey's narration made a very unusual situation (being President's daughter!) into something so cringe-ably familiar and easy to relate to: crushes and feeling like a thirteen year-old outsider, not having enough freedom as you form your own identity. Add in the sassy wisdom of Alice Roosevelt, and it's just perfect.

In all the best ways, this book reminds me of my favorites when I was in middl
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, arc
I am completely smitten with this book! The perfect blend of historical and modern-day, readers will find themselves torn between which character they love more--wild, headstrong Alice Roosevelt or searching-for-her-place Audrey Rhodes. Both characters feel extremely real, as do Audrey's parents, who could easily have been cartoons or been largely absent from the story. Instead, Ms. Behrens brings teenager-parents conflicts gloriously to life, with every situation having added stakes because of ...more
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE is a fun breezy read accessable to MG readers. Author Rebecca Behrens cleverly uses a contemporary setting and character--the First Daughter of a Madam President of the United States--and blends it with historical diary accounts of Alice Roosevelt for a wild romp in the White House. Both contemporary and historical First Daughters are characters readers will easily identify with in their quests for friends, social lives, fun, food, and parental attention.

I received an ARC
Gabriella T
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
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Nancy Cavanaugh
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book - full of fun, interesting facts about life in the White House and lots of entertaining stories about Alice Roosevelt. It's contemporary and historical fiction all in one with a main character readers will love!
Nancy J. Cavanaugh
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-lyrc
Cute premise of kid living in White House with mother as POTUS. Had some history in it and made me want to learn more about the Roosevelts.
C.E. Clayton
Let me start by saying that I don’t typically read middle-grade books, but my niece and nephews are getting to that age where they can start reading “real” books, and being the awesome aunt I am, I’m going to shower those ragamuffins with literature. So, I read this in preparation for that. While this book says it’s about the issues First Daughter Audrey faces when she is uprooted from her comfortable life and whisked away to the White House, and then plopped into a school that felt like “Mean G ...more
Lisa Mcbroom
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the fictional diary of Alice Roosevelt she signs off with Alice to Thine Self Be True. Alice Roosevelt definetely was true to herself. I was fascinated by her as a teen and loved her sense of rebellion. Yes cousin Eleanor was a do gooder but I preferred Alice's downright defiance. Audrey is a president's daughter in the White House. She feels stifled in this setting. One evening whilst exploring, she finds Alice Roosevelt Longworth's diary as a teenager. Reading Alice's feelings of being impr ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Living in the White House sounds like a dream come true. However according to Audrey Rhodes it's not. In fact Audrey feels like she is stuck in prison, but when she finds Alice Roosevelt's diary her whole world changes. She reads Alice's diary, and starts to learn how to make the White House more fun. Even if that means to break the rules a little. But all Audrey is trying to explain to her parents, (and the White House staff) is that first daughter just want to have fun! I recommend When Audrey ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade, 2018
Two and a half stars. Overall this book was a big disappointment, and I had been looking forward to it since before it came out. While I liked Audrey well enough, I couldn't get into the Alice's diary parts of the book at all. I almost gave it up until I decided that I would try skipping those sections, and suddenly the book got much better. Yay. I don't feel like I missed much, but this is problematic because why read a book titled When Audrey met Alice if you're just going to ignore Alice?

Jun 03, 2019 added it
Shelves: middle-grade
Audrey Rhodes lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. That’s right, she lives in the White House, and her dad is the president. That makes her the First Daughter. She’s all set to have a party on Friday night, when it gets cancelled because of a security breach. She is very upset and goes to her room to sulk forever, when she finds the diary of Alice Roosevelt, a former first daughter who lived in that very room! Armed with new information about how to deal with life as a tween, Audrey’s spirits lift ...more
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Good story with likeable characters. Some authors have a certain "grace" when they write children's books in the first person that makes the characters' thoughts and actions authentic. Other authors lack this grace so the characters and their thoughts, actions, and speech feel forced. I can usually tell in the first few pages whether the author possesses such grace, and fortunately, this grace came across well and early in Miss Behrens' book. I would, however, have enjoyed a bit more Audrey and ...more
Josephine Sorrell
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story gives the reader a glimpse of what it must be like to be the daughter of the POTUS and live in the White House. It's a mix of feelings. After finding Alice Roosevelt's diary under a floorboard in a class set, Audrey reads of Alice's crazy antics when she was a first daughter. The diary gives Audrey ideas to liven up her existence in the White House which don't always turn out so good for either Alice she r Audrey. This is a fun and humorous read. ...more
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Rebecca Behrens is the award-winning author of three critically acclaimed middle-grade novels that explore famous historical figures and fascinating places: When Audrey Met Alice, Summer of Lost and Found, and The Last Grand Adventure. Her thrillingly realistic survival story The Disaster Days is a Junior Library Guild selection, a Bank Street Best Children’s Book, and an ILA Teachers’ Choices sel ...more

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