Just before I started my A Levels I watched my first Audrey Hepburn film and I was instantly hooked. I devoured every film, bought every biography, posters adorned my walls and, eventually, I began to write about her life and career – first for my Film Studies essays and later for a couple of websites and then my own blogs. I was/am obsessed. So when I discovered Tucker Shaw’s young adult novel about a teenager obsessed with Audrey Hepburn and who runs a blog about her, I knew I had to read it.
The heroine of Oh Yeah, Audrey!* is 16-year-old Gemma Beesley, co-founder of the titular Tumblr blog. The novel opens with Gemma stood outside Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue at 5am, holding a coffee and Danish, dressed in a black dress and over-sized sunglasses. Let’s face it, it’s something many of us have dreamed of doing and, if I ever make it to NYC, I’ll certainly be giving it a go. The coffee and Danish thing, maybe not the 5am and costume…
Gemma is waiting for her fellow bloggers in anticipation of a full day living like Audrey. Or, rather, Audrey in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, finishing with a screening of their favourite film. It’s a great story about friendship and self-acceptance, especially celebrating alternative friendships made online and the value in them; something I really appreciated as a fellow introvert and blogger.
There were a couple of things that niggled me about the plot. The first is the overused young adult trope of the untrustworthy boy who looks set to come between friends. The other was the need to explain every Audrey reference and quote – and there are a fair few. I understand that not everyone reading this book will be a die-hard Audrey fan but I think the quotes could have been singled out with italics and some more subtle references could have had a footnote or something, rather than almost pausing the story for our narrator to explain them.
Niggles aside, I did enjoy the book, and in true Abrams and Chronicle fashion, the cover is gorgeous! I just wish this book came out when I was doing my A Levels.
Oh Yeah, Audrey! is available now.
*I was sent this book for review purposes. All thoughts are my own.