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  Booklist Review

Within a few weeks after their breakup, Audrey's boyfriend, Evan, writes and performs a rock song about their split that catches the attention of a music executive and catapults Evan and his band to stardom. Because she is the song's subject, Audrey suddenly becomes a celebrity, too, and over the course of a school year, she finds herself dodging paparazzi, rock stars in search of a muse, and star-crazed classmates. Set in Southern California, Benway's memorable debut is a highly entertaining fantasy of teen fame, narrated in Audrey's sardonic voice and perfect timed comedic lines that channel contemporary YA culture: It makes my parents crazy how I can do all of this at once, talk on the phone and email and IM. I'm just like, how can you not? Readers will be captivated by the well-drawn supporting characters, particularly Audrey's loving, bantering parents and vibrant best friend, and fans of David Levithan and Rachel Cohn's Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (2006) will find a similarly raw, honest celebration of music, friendship, romance, and teen resilience.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2008 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

This fluffy-but-fun debut novel grabs the latest slot in the growing canon of the you-don't-really-want-to-be-famous subcategory of chick-lit. Benway follows 16-year-old Audrey as she suffers the pangs of her breakup with Evan, her talented musician boyfriend. Evan writes a song about her that becomes a smash hit, resulting in instant, unwelcome fame for Audrey. Audrey struggles to continue her normal life with her family, school and quirky BFF Victoria while the paparazzi hound her, reporters slant their coverage of her and adoring fans mob her. Individual characterizations slop together a bit as everyone speaks with similar snappy patter, including her new, initially dorky boyfriend, James. This profusion of teen wit, however, both quells the mayhem of Audrey's life and holds the story together. Readers won't find much substance here but they will find entertainment, well pitched to the target audience of mid-teen girls. A pleasant little romp. (Fiction. YA) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
The wait is over for the paperback of this irresistible, fast-paced, hit-worthy debut! <p>When funny, charming, absolutely-normal Audrey Cuttler dumps her boyfriend Evan, he writes a song about her that becomes a number-one hit'and rockets Audrey to stardom!</p> <p>Suddenly, tabloid paparazzi are on her tail and Audrey can barely hang with her friends at concerts or the movies without getting mobbed'let alone score a date with James, her adorable coworker at the Scooper Dooper. Her life will never be the same'at least, not until Audrey confronts Evan live on MTV and lets the world know exactly who she is!</p> <p><br> <br></p>
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