Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw

20702027How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis: 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 travelled 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.

200words (or less) review: Oh Yeah, Audrey! is a quick and easy read. I read nearly 80% of the book in 2 lunches and waiting at the bus stop. The entire storyline takes place in 26 hours.

Gemma is in New York to meet her online friends for the Breakfast at Tiffany’s adventure they have planned. My expectations for this book were a few hours of fun escapism and one the one hand Oh Yeah, Audrey! delivers but I never connected with Gemma or the other characters. Because the book has such a short timeframe there isn’t a lot of character growth.

Part of me enjoyed just going along with Gemma’s adventure. There is certainly a bit of a movie-magic feel to the story but that went downhill after Sotheby’s. ‘Bad idea’ was flashing in big bright letters but Gemma still went and she lost me completely at that point.

Oh Yeah, Audrey! wasn’t quite the book I anticipated but maybe if I’d been a bigger fan of the film or Gemma it would have had a happier ending.

Recommend it?

Not sure, maybe if you’re a huge fan of Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

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One thought on “Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw

  1. I love the concept of this book. It’s been on my radar for a little while now, but I’m not sure if I’m actually going to like it. I mean, I love the original Capote story, and then the film.. So I’m worried which way I’ll end up feeling about this book.

    Cool review though! I like the ‘200 words or less’ thing- I think it can be really useful to read succinct reviews that are still informative. 🙂

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