Title: Oh Yeah, Audrey!
Author: Tucker Shaw
Genre: contemporary/ coming of age
Review: The prologue to Oh Yeah, Audrey was great we meet an unnamed protagonist who is obsessed with Audrey Hepburn and Breakfast at Tiffany’s so much so she is “running away” to New York to have her own Hepburn experience. One thing I discovered upon flicking through the book is that the whole book in told in under 24 hours so I was super excited to see what would happen in this single day. In the first 10 pages of the novel we have been properly introduced to Gemma who has run away to New York for the first annual screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s to honor Audrey Hepburn’s death and she is going to be meeting other people who share her obsession.
We learn more about Gemma and her recent past and some of the real reasons she is in New York. As we cross the 1/4 mark in the novel, we learn how she can to be friends with Trina, Bryan and Dusty some of the people she is meeting, while none of them have met in person all have a love or fascination for Audrey Hepburn. When the group comes together its a heart warming scene as Gemma feels she truly belongs there with like-minded people.
As we approach the half way mark in the novel, the group fit together perfectly as if they have been friends for years. I adored the writing style Shaw uses as the story just flows seamlessly even though there isn’t really a lot happening. I also loved the light contemporary feel of the novel even though each character is a little dark. For example, Gemma’s only has one parent, Trina work long hours along with her parents having multiple jobs and a brother who is a deployed solider and finally Bryan feels suffocated by his parents wealth and influence. This trip for the character feels like more than a homage to Audrey Hepburn but a way for all of them to escape their lives for a single day.
As we cross into the second half of the novel Telly has joined the group even though she posted horrible comments on their website because she educated herself on Audrey Hepburn who she was and what she stood for. I loved the scene where the gang gate crash a genuine auction for Audrey Hepburn’s clothing and how starstruck they are even Bryan.
As we approach the 3/4 mark in the novel we are then introduced to one more addition to the group: Dusty and I must say this scene is one of the cutest in the entire novel I was literally squealing in delight. I loved the fact that despite her extensive planning on the trip Gemma let’s herself be swept away by Dusty and gets to feel enchanting and glamorous just like Audrey.
As we cross into the final section of this novel we can see Gemma is torn between doing what she planned to do and doing what she wants to do. The one thing that separates Holly Golightly and Gemma is that Gemma is so scared about disappointing people that she can’t truly let go and relax. As midnight comes and goes Gemma is nowhere to be seen at the theatre, which kind of upsets her friends but all Gemma can do is hold on tight as she its swept away.
Overall, I loved and hated the ending of this novel I really wanted Gemma to have her happily ever after but for most of us they aren’t real and that is what Shaw is telling us to open our eyes to reality. This novel is a journey of self discovery and acceptance and I loved every second of it. I read the whole novel in under 3 hours and would highly recommend it to all even readers like me that never read contemporary novels.
This book was sent to me for review consideration by Abrams & Chronicle
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