Parents' Guide to

Audrey, Wait!

By Stephanie Dunnewind, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Good lesson on fame's price, but iffy content, too.

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Teens will relate to Audrey's first-person voice, which includes plenty of swearing and eye-rolling at grown-ups. ("Never let on to your parents that you know more about drugs than they do. It will only end badly.") Even readers who wouldn't pass Audrey's test for friends (no poseurs, must love VERY loud music and recognize bands like The Cure) will admire her strong personality and enjoy her sense of humor. Benway finds a nice balance of sounding slang-y without relying too heavily on phrases that will become rapidly passé.

Audrey struggles with strangers judging her by what they've read or seen on the Internet: "I'm a nice girl! I'm not a slut! I feed stray cats!" When she can't cope alone, she turns to her parents for support; they promise to stand behind her "one hundred and ten percent." Audrey's final resolution seems a little contrived but the ending will satisfy readers.

Book Details

  • Author: Robin Benway
  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Razorbill
  • Publication date: April 10, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 12
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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