Book Review - Oh Yeah, Audrey!
'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 traveled 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 know it's like rule number one in life 'don't judge a book by its cover' but seriously how pretty is this cover? It was hard not to get my hopes up for this book to be amazing when it had such a fabulous cover image and I'm happy to report it didn't disappoint.
I really liked this book. It was a really sweet story and it was a really enjoyable, quick read.
There was something so interesting reading a book that talked about tumblr and blogs so much in it, it just felt really current but without trying to be too hip. It felt like the use of social media in the book was appropriate and right for the story, it didn't feel forced or like it was added to the story to try and make it feel more 'young', like some of the other books that I have read, that have tried to do the same thing.
The story is based on a the main character Gemma's love for Audrey Hepburn but more specifically the character that Audrey played in Breakfast at Tiffany's, Holly Golightly. The whole book is like one big fact file on Audrey and Holly. I found that was my most enjoyable part of the story, I loved hearing little snippets about how the film was made, why the casting was chosen, just lot's of interesting little facts about the whole Audrey era.
What I would say is that to really enjoy the book I think you have to have seen Breakfast at Tiffany's. Even if you don't know anything about the life and times of Audrey herself I think you do at least have had to see the film or so much of this book just wouldn't make sense at all.
The reason why I wanted to read this book initially was because I had read one of Tucker Shaw's books from years ago called 'Confessions of a backup dancer' which I just loved and thought it was amazing, so I couldn't wait to read something else by the same author but i would say that this book is maybe aimed at a slightly more teenage/young adult audience than I realised but i still think it's such an enjoyable read for any age as it's a great story.
Overall I would really recommend this book to anyone who loves Audrey Hepburn and Breakfast at Tiffany's. Its such a lovely story and is a great example of how your favourite film can really inspire you to do great things. A super fun and quirky read!
Let me know if you've read this book and what you thought of it?
You can buy it HERE on Amazon for £9.41
And on Kindle for £6.79