Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw
Publication date: 14 October, 2014
Publisher: Amulet Books
Length: 256 pages
Age group: Young Adult
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It’s 5:30am on Fifth Avenue and sixteen-year-old Gemma Beesley is standing in front of Tiffany & Co. wearing the perfect black dress with her pastry and coffee held tightly in a brown paper bag — just like Holly Golightly. As the co-founder of a successful Tumblr blog — Oh Yeah Audrey! — devoted to all things Audrey Hepburn, Gemma has travelled from Pennsylvania to New York in order to meet up with her fellow bloggers and friends, Bryan and Trina, for the first time. She has meticulously planned out a 24-hour adventure for the trio in homage to Breakfast at Tiffany’s; however, her plans become quickly sidetracked when a glamorous boy sweeps in and offers her the type of New York experience she’s always dreamed of. Gemma soon learns who her true friends are and that, sometimes, “no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”
I absolutely loved the idea behind this book. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is such an iconic film and I was intrigued by how the author would turn it into a contemporary novel for young readers. Oh Yeah, Audrey! is a fun and very quick read, even for a slow reader like me – but it wasn’t memorable enough for me.
My first and biggest problem was that I couldn’t connect with the characters. At all. I didn’t really like Gemma or her “friends”. The only person I liked was the girl who used to post mean comments on the Oh Yeah, Audrey Tumblr page – at least she wasn’t fake.
Gemma’s attitude towards her dad drove me crazy and I would have liked to grab her by the shoulders and shake her a couple of times. They had both lost someone close to their hearts (Gemma’s mum) and it’s completely understandable that he wants to spend more time with her. She’s the only loved one he has left, for goodness’ sake. At sixteen, I think you’re old enough to realise that. (On the plus side, she did eventually.)
Luckily the plot was slightly more enjoyable – Shaw managed to squeeze in quite a few adventures into such a short story – but it wasn’t enough to turn the book into an amazing read. It’s fun, it’s light, but it’s… nothing special, if you know what I mean. If I asked myself the question, ‘will I remember this story in a year’s time?’, the answer would be a firm no.
Oh Yeah, Audrey is a lovely tribute to such an iconic film and a movie legend and young Audrey Hepburn fans will no doubt enjoy it, but the lack of character development and shallow plot failed to impress me.