It's the song everyone's singing. And it's about her! But for Audrey, becoming famous overnight equals total, life-changing disaster...
— The log line on the novel cover.
Audrey: If there is any justice in the world, the first major meteorite to ever strike the Earth will score a direct hit on the Scooper Dooper.
Audrey, Wait! is a charming Coming-of-Age Story by Robin Benway about a girl in California who breaks up with her musician boyfriend... causing him to write a hit single about their break up thatsweeps the globe. Suddenly her ex-boyfriend is famous, and she's reluctantly pulled along in the wake of his success. Her best friend Victoria (and her boyfriend, Jonah) help her through the initial shock of fame, through thick and thin as the paparazzi and frenzied public complicate their lives.It gets worse when Audrey gets a chance to go back stage at a concert with a favourite band of hers, where a short fling with a famous singer ends badly. Now the media is twisting the events to paint her as the next Britney Spears, and her phone/personal email flood with nasty accusations from the general public. Things continue to snowball from there as Audrey grapples to hold on to her friends and finally get the tabloid writers away from her and her family.The novel is written as though it were her factual recount of the events that led to her fame. The narration is laid back, easy going, generally quite humorous, and littered with all sorts of pop culture and new media references.
Audrey, Wait! contains examples of:
Accidental Heroine: Sort of. While inspiring a catchy song is hardly heroic, the media still plays it up for all it’s worth.
Adorkable: James, full stop. Even Audrey, to an extent.
Ahem: The secretary does this a few times when Audrey’s isolated from the rest of the school to minimise fame-related interruptions. Audrey tries to stretch out her bathroom visits and chats-through-the-window with friends as long as she can.
Victoria paused and I could tell she was trying not to smile. "Did you just say frolic?"
(Audrey) "Is it not a word?"
"Who the hell says 'frolic'?"
All Girls Want Bad Boys: Blissfully averted. Neither James nor Evan are particularly “bad”, and the one bad boy Simon only caught her attention because she thought he was nice at first.
Jonah, for that matter, is also not a bad boy, but he and Victoria are getting along swimmingly.
Apologetic Attacker: Audrey describes her experience with Taekwondo as ending poorly both because she gets giggle fits when she has to be serious (which happens a lot in martial arts) and because her mom was always apologising to the attack dummies.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Audrey's reasons for breaking up with Evan can be summarised as "He smokes too much pot, he's always 'practicing' or 'gigging, and he says 'gigging'".
Be Yourself: Amy’s advice just before Audrey goes on live, national TV is to “be herself”, even though she’s handing Audrey some cue cards that rehash words of hers that were already twisted by somebody else. Audrey takes the advice to heart.
Okay. I've been trying to avoid this part, but it's not a secret anymore. It's true. I work at an ice cream shop - excuse me, "shoppe" - at the mall. That in itself is not so bad, except for three things: 1) I hate the mall; 2) I hate all the customers; and 3) I'm forced to wear a bright pink hat and T-shirt and say... are you ready for this?
Face of the Band: Invoked in universe - It's implied that Evan (being the singer) is the face associated with their name. Plus, Simon (singer of The Lolitas) is the one that gets Audrey tangled in her second media scandal.
15 Minutes of Fame: This could safely be renamed “15 Minutes of Fame: The Novel”. It's hinted that Evan, the songwriter of "Audrey, Wait!" may not actually stick at 15 minutes since he's genuinely passionate about performing, but Audrey herself definitely embodies this trope (especially considering she didn't do anything).
The Friend Nobody Likes / Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Tizzy. Subverted in that Tizzy is the one to comfort Audrey when she's feeling completely alone by giving her a late Christmas gift, but zig zagged when the gift turns out to be a shirt that says "I liked you better before you sold out" causing Audrey to burst into tears. Anyone's guess as to whether Tizzy intended for that or not.
Inherently Funny Words: The Slogan for Audrey's job. Just try saying "Scooper Dooper" without cracking a dumb grin.
Jerkass: Simon. He was only interested in Audrey at first because kissing her would increase his own publicity... even though he admits he did kinda like her later on. He's still portrayed as a villain despite this.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure, Evan wrote The Song and got worldwide fame, leaving Audrey to be humiliated multiple times, but he does later appear to be truly sorry for what he did. Audrey forgives him... eventually.
Life of the Party: In The Lolitas back stage after party, it's Audrey that gets everybody dancing when she puts on a playlist. This also contributes to Simon's interest in her.
Love Epiphany: “Love” might be a bit strong, but James has his during Audrey’s first shift at work after he tells her it’s against the rules to change the radio station, but she goes ahead and does it anyway (and sings along with every song for hours). Audrey has hers when he helps her out of her meltdown after hearing “Audrey, Wait!” on said radio later on.
Reality Ensues: Oh, you think inspiring a song would be cool? Wrong, now the media will never leave you alone! Think meeting celebrities and being in magazines would be fun? Wrong, now everyone thinks you're a slut! Think book characters who overheard something they shouldn't have in that bathroom stall should've done something instead of freezing up? Let's see you try it!