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Being Audrey Hepburn

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  592 ratings  ·  114 reviews
In Being Audrey Hepburn, Clarissa Explains It All-creator, Mitchell Kriegman, tells the story of a 19-year-old girl from Jersey who finds herself thrust into the world of socialites after being seen in Audrey Hepburn’s dress from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Lisbeth comes from a broken home in the land of tube tops, heavy eyeliner, frosted lip-gloss, juiceheads, hoop ea
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 2014)
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Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Book 8/100 for 2015 and "A book based entirely on its cover" for the Popsugar reading challenge.
As you can tell by reading above, I had no idea what this book was about before I started reading it. All I knew was that the cover was cute and that it somehow involved the ever-so-elegant Audrey Hepburn. From the title alone, I thought it would be set in the 1950s to 60s focused on a body double who took over Hepburn's job when she needed a break from the limelight or something, but sadly, it was no
“No matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”
----Audrey Hepburn

Mitchell Kriegman, an American filmmaker cum writer, penned his tribute to the America's "fair lady", Audrey Hepburn with his new novel, Being Audrey Hepburn . It centers around Hepburn's one of the most die-hard fans, Lisbeth, who channels Hepburn's trademark and sophisticated grace and charm as she explores the world of glitz and glamor in NYC.

Lisbeth comes from a broken home in the land of tube top
Heather Anne
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-reads
I have to be honest here. When I requested this book on Netgalley, I did it solely because it had the name “Audrey Hepburn” in the title. I didn’t even read the summary. Yes, I know. Some would shame me for that, but I am an Audrey fanatic, just like Lisbeth in the book. Of course, after I received access to the book, I read the summary. Better late than never, right?

When Lisbeth gets a message from her best friend, Jess, for an extremely rare opportunity to see THE black dress Audrey wore in Br
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Darling, I would give this book 6 out of 5 if possible!

Because when you first see it's an Audrey themed Ya:

But then you get into the fashion!

And the drama!

And of course the Audrey inspired romance!!


You should read this book!
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, ya
Just loved it!

Dreams and truth are all mixed up and threaded throughout with magic Audrey Hepburn moments, shaded over with Givenchy, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci, and others.
As our fab lead Lisbeth Anne Wachowicz from New Jersey says, 'Here's the big secret, Audrey Hepburn is the cure for everything.' How many times have I hummed 'moon river' and then flashed back to that hair, those glasses and that little black dress. (Hands up those of us who have a little 'go to' black dress in their wardrobe!)
Michelle Wrona
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*3.5 star rating*

If someone asks me to choose over Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn, I'd definitely choose Audrey, who's for the win. She's changed fashion and acting history, and although I haven't watched any of her movies, everyone knows her and Kriegman has written a novel personally addressed to those who don't know who she is and those are obsessed with her. It doesn't really matter, as we'll all end u
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
it was okay. not what i expected at all which i guess could be a good thing? it started off goodish but then i got bored and then all of a sudden it got really crazy and fast paced? i couldnt bring myself to care any more. it was kinda like too much, too late if that makes any sense (too little, too late???). also there were some things that didn't make sense to me that could have been explored a bit more like the whole thing with chase and zk and tabitha. like some really great themes here and ...more
Aug 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars

I am a huge fan of Breakfast at Tiffany's and absolutely love the premise of this, but the execution wasn't for me.

I struggled with Lisbeth, she was a horrible friend. I completely understand wanting something different and needing to keep things compartmentalized, but she was so selfish. Especially when it came to Jess and Jake. Her remorse didn't seem realistic.

The twist of sorts was interesting, but by then it was too little too late, I just wanted it to be over. I know a lot of peo
Hannah Killingsworth
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it

+ The Audrey Hepburn in this is just spot on.
+ There were so many plot twists in this... I just can't.

- To be honest, this book was kind of slow. I really enjoyed it, but it took me FOREVER to read. There's lots of action that goes on, but it's not like, "OH I HAVE TO STAY IN MY SEAT AND READ THIS ALL DAY."
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Karrie Anne
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being Audrey Hepburn by Mitchell Kriegman
I received this Advanced Reader’s Copy (ARC) from Netgalley.

I’ve been an obsessed Audrey Hepburn fan since high school. I was lured in with Breakfast at Tiffany’s, seduced with Roman Holiday, and swept off my feet by Charade. It was during the time of my life when I was mystified by the Golden Age of Hollywood: the cinematic period where celebrities were fawned over but not dissected like they are today due to modern technology. Women had curves, the men
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Being Audrey Hepburn by Mitchell Kriegman

Being Audrey Hepburn is a brilliant written story. Mitchell does a wonderful job on incorporating facts and details about Audrey Hepburn to give readers a more insightful look on her. The main character Lisbeth a Audrey Hepburn fanatic is thrown into a whirl of new emotions feelings surroundings and identity.Lisbeth a girl who watches Breakfast at Tiffanys in her little closet now wears high end versace and givenchy dresses and goes to high-end balls tha
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Lisbeth comes from a family where she doesn't really fit in. Her mother is an alcoholic, her sister is quickly following suit, and her younger brother is struggling with some clear behavior disorders. Lisbeth's mother has a future all planned out for her since she is the "good daughter" with potential. However, it is a future Lisbeth wants nothing to do with.

Lisbeth's main support system comes from her Nan, who shares and understands her obsession with Audrey Hepburn, and her best friend Jess,
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Any book that's neatly tucked away beneath an oversize table of those on clearance deserves to be unearthed. Especially if its cover bears the name of Audrey Hepburn.

This is one of those novels whose chapters are freakishly short to make it fast-paced, and the text is also relatively small--probably to stay within the 300-page range. Although I've never heard of Mitchell Kriegman, (this is the first work of his that I've read) I'm impressed with his ability to take on a female protagonist w
I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
Being Audrey Hepburn was such a fun, girly read! I loved everything about this whimsical, imaginative book. I kept finding myself wishing that I was Lisbeth: her rise to fame was inspiring and the clothes...oh the clothes...I wanted to wear them too (And look as good as Lisbeth did in them!).

Lisbeth is obsessed with Audrey Hepburn. She watches all of Hepburn's movies over and over, with Breakfast at Tiffany's being her favorite. Lisbeth's friend, Jess, works at the Met. Jess secretly lets Lisbet
Jun 17, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is a fun well paced story of a Jersey 19 year old who uses her love of Audrey to get a glimpse into the New York socialite circle. It is an enjoyable read and I would feel good about recommending it to a friend. There are some parts of the story where the timeline doesn't quite match up, as well as some silly editing misses for example using eek instead of eke. But there weren't enough errors to detract from the story. The one thing I found most disturbing (and I know this makes me sou ...more
Heather T
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Oh man, I really wanted to love this story, but it stuttered for me in some areas. I'm not an Audrey Hepburn superfan by any means, so I was occasionally lost in history that felt irrelevant. Some of the fashion descriptions were ok, but I thought there were too many in general. There were a few pacing issues too - it went from pretty slow to too fast and then back to slow again.

I liked the calamities that Lisbeth got into, and it was fun to get a peak behind the scenes of the socialites. I also
Holly Blades
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is honestly one of the best books I have ever read. I, like lisbeth, am obsessed with everything Audrey Hepburn so I connected with her on that. I loved the glamor of it all and the plot twist at the end was so unexpected, but amazing.
May 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Just sort of objectively, this book is not great. A laborious beginning awkwardly introduces characters, settings, and stakes, which the rest of the book does not entirely deliver on, instead counting on the reader's knowledge of similar stories to fill in the blanks.

The timeline of the book is unclear - action that I thought took place over two or three days apparently spanned several months. The tense of the storytelling is inconsistent in a way that *could* have worked, if it had been intent
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I had low expectations for this book, but I figured it would be a harmless and light read. And for the most part, my expectations were met. It’s a bit of a Cinderella story with an Audrey Hepburn skin over it - except the story itself has very little to do with Audrey Hepburn herself. For me, the most compelling parts were that of Lisbeth’s family and their various struggles, but Kriegman is way more interested in the milquetoast “glamorous New York life” that there is little to work with regard ...more
May 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Molly Rene
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
As someone who loves Audrey Hepburn, especially Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I had such high hopes for this book. I was enthralled for a majority of it (even when it felt unrealistic) but 3/4 in it felt like the author jumped the shark.

Without spoilers, the plot twists felt so sudden and very cliché. There was no build up so many of these twists just seemed forced as Kriegman was trying to make the novel more dramatic. There is one scene in particular that is incredibly triggering but then the scene
Sahar Sabati
Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it
The allure, glamour, and charm exuded by Audrey Hepburn are sources of inspiration for many women. In Being Audrey Hepburn, nineteen year old Lisbeth’s obsession with the beautiful star and her movies brings her to a place she never thought she would ever step foot in.

Lisbeth’s life is not an easy one. Her father left her mother when she and her two siblings were young. Today, between her alcoholic mother, her angry sister, and her (criminally) mischievous younger brother, their house only has o
Feb 06, 2017 rated it did not like it

So growing up, I obviously heard about Audrey Hepburn and saw the iconic photo of her in multiple places. However, I never once picked up the famous movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and I’m not exactly sure why not. Even to this day, I just have no real interest in checking it out even though it’s a classic and highly raved about. So when I saw this book, I figured why the hell not. I already didn’t watch the classic movie and have no real knowledge of
Caroline Aron
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a very big fan of Audrey Hepburn, I quite enjoyed the story, all though it did have some events that I didn’t enjoy as much. Lizbeth, the main character is also obsessed with Audrey, this leading to the opportunity of a new life. A life so much different from her own... But as she thinks her new lifestyle couldn’t be better, a plot twist happens. I never thought that the story would be as romantic as it is, but is a lovely type of romance... A romance like you would find in Breakfast at Tiffa ...more
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was fun to escape & become Audrey. She is my all time favorite icon. I really enjoyed the book. It was good to change my reading to a book like this. I usually read fantasy, mystery books. This was a good different. If you also adore Audrey Hepburn this should be one you should consider reading.
I took my longer to read since I’m in full time college & work too. I don’t like to rush myself. It’s not as good as some books I read but it was a good change of pace. I will admit I didn’t really ca
Julia Concepcion
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: summers
Full of imagination and clever references to "Breakfast at Tiffany's." However, I definitely feel as if Kriegman crammed a lot into this book. It feels a bit bloated at times. Still, he definitely deserves credit for being able to write a believable female perspective. It seems rare for male authors to do so, especially for YA. ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book! The premise and the heavy reliance on Audrey Hepburn drew me in immediately. Unfortunately, the entire book was far fetched and unbelievable. By the end of the book, I struggled to even like the main character.

I still love the premise. I just wish I had liked the actual story more.
Razvan Banciu
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
The usual recipe for a Cinderella-like story: let us suffer in the beginning and be happy at the end; take a ton of syrup, some heart and soul, a litlle touch of humor, mix them well and wait.
The "funny"fact is that the cook is a gentleman...
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Mitchell Kriegman is the author of Being Audrey Hepburn, and an upcoming novel due out November 2015 called Things I Can’t Explain — a modern day sequel to his groundbreaking cult classic 90s Nickelodeon show, Clarissa Explains it All.

Kriegman created and won four Emmy’s for his work on other childrens’ classics such as Bear in the Big Blue House, Book of Pooh and It’s a Big Big World. He was the

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