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Review: Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw

Oh Yeah AudreyOh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw will be available for purchase later this month (Oct 14th). I lucked out and had the opportunity to read the uncorrected proof thanks to Amulet Books and NetGalley. I immediately wanted to read the book because it was about Audrey Hepburn and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

“It’s 5:00 a.m. on Fifth Avenue, and 16-year-old Gemma Beasley is standing in front of Tiffany & Co. wearing the perfect black dress with her coffee in hand—just like Holly Golightly. As the cofounder of a successful Tumblr blog—Oh Yeah Audrey!—devoted to all things Audrey Hepburn, Gemma has traveled to New York in order to meet up with her fellow bloggers for the first time. She has meticulously planned out a 24-hour adventure in homage to Breakfast at Tiffany’s; however, her plans are derailed when a glamorous boy sweeps in and offers her the New York experience she’s always dreamed of. Gemma soon learns who her true friends are and that, sometimes, no matter where you go, you just end up finding yourself. Filled with hip and sparkling prose, Oh Yeah, Audrey! is as much a story of friendship as it is a love letter to New York, Audrey Hepburn, and the character she made famous: Holly Golightly.” (from Amazon.com)

Gemma lives in Pennsylvania with her father in a tiny one bedroom apartment. Her mother died just a month before Gemma’s 16th birthday and now her father is depressed and Gemma spends her days posting pictures of Audrey on her Tumbler page. Soon she “meets” Bryan and Trina, who both share her love of Audrey Hepburn. Together they plan to sneak away from their lives and have a Breakfast at Tiffany’s weekend. Gemma has everything planned out. Itineraries in hand they set out to enjoy the days just as Holly Golightly did. After Trina announces she lost her suitcase Bryan insists they go shopping. Just as they’re headed out they run into Telly, who informs them that Audrey’s wardrobe is going up for auction that afternoon. They ditch their initial plans and head for the auction. At the auction Gemma spots Dusty, who just bought her a black Givenchy dress that Audrey Hepburn wore for TEN THOUSAND (!!) dollars. Swept away in the romance of the dress and Dusty, Gemma abandons her friends and their perfectly planned weekend.

With an unexpected, yet charming ending I loved Oh Yeah, Audrey! Gemma’s inner dialogue was so believable and dramatic. Bryan was the friend all young women want to have. Trina could have used some more development, but overall she fit right in. Telly struggled to fit in the beginning, but by the end was definitely a part of the story. Dusty, good ole Dusty…quite a character. The setting was perfect, it’s New York, how could it not be perfect. Perfect in film, in books…yep. Perfect.

Characters – 4     Setting – 4     Plot – 5     Conflict/Purpose – 4     Resolution/Outcome – 5

I rated Oh Yeah, Audrey! 4/5 stars.

xoxo Gwen

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