Published by Amulet Books on October 14, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Friendship, YA
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
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 traveled 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.
~ Gemma sneaks away (not runs away from) home in order to go to New York City and spend a weekend doing all kinds of Audrey Hepburn and Breakfast at Tiffany’s inspired activities, culminating in a special midnight showing of the movie. She’s made a itinerary, and she’ll planning on following through whether or not others show up.
~ Like a lot of people, Gemma doesn’t really see Audrey Hepburn as separate from Holly Golightly. But I don’t think Audrey Hepburn ever took $50 to go to the powder room.
~ Gemma’s a little lost in life, her mom passed away after losing her spark, and her dad’s all clingy now. You can’t blame a girl for looking up to the cool persona of Holly Golightly and the perfection that was Audrey Hepburn.
~ It’s hard to beat an opening scene of Gemma decked out in fully Holly Golightly attire, in front of Tiffany’s with a pastry and a cup of coffee. I kind of want to go meet up with her!
~ Gemma has a fantastic imagination, one which her mom used to cultivate. But when her family lost their home and had to move into an apartment, and her mom lost the dream of being a writer and started drinking more. Gemma’s mom stopped asking for her daughter’s stories, which was crushing to the young girl.
~ Is there any worse feeling than waiting for people to show up who you’ve never met? Gemma only knows Bryan and Trina from online, so she’s not sure if they’ll show. Personally I would have been tracking them and their phones like an overprotective helicopter parent, but that’s just me.
~ Bryan is rich and fabulous, but he’s bullied at school for caring about things like fashion and old movie starlets. I’m hopeless as fashion, but I’d be happy to watch Joan Crawford or Bette Davis movies with Bryan any day of the week!
~ Trina is more like Gemma, but a little prickly. Love that she says “dahling” like Audrey does in BaT, although in real life, I’d probably find it pretentious..
~ The trio have fun and adventures, but are thrown when a unexpected people show up. Telly, the troll, arrives first, and then Dusty, who is handsome and flirty and all Upper East Side trust fund baby, comes along to sweep Gemma off her feet.
~ And there’s the dilemma- Dusty is offering her untold adventures- expensive dresses, dinners and dancing in speakeasy inside of water towers, but Bryan, Trina and Telly aren’t invited. We all know what Holly would do, but Gemma needs to figure out if she’s a Holly, an Audrey or a Gemma.
~ I liked that Gemma didn’t always make the best decisions, and I like that there are real consequences to some of her choices. Well, except for the consequence for what happened to the dress. I feel like she’s not going to get off that lightly.
~ This is the kind of book I’d want my nieces to read. It’s about friendship and standing up for yourself, once you start to figure out who you are.
~ I have a small confession- I’d previously never watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s in full. I’d caught enough of it here and there, and I’ve read several books who’s main characters are obsessed with Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly (hello, Blair from Gossip Girl!), but I hadn’t actually ever watched the whole entire film from start to finish. I’m happy to say that reading this book finally made me burn to watch the movie. So I did, and as suspected, I loved it! I’m so glad I no longer have to lie about watching it. Unlike Gemma, though, I could see Marilyn Monroe playing the role, it would have been different, but I see in her what Truman Capote saw, a lost girl looking for love and adventure in all the wrong ways. Now I guess I have to read the book, huh dahlings? 😉
Gemma Beasley- our YA Holly Golightly, blogs all things Audrey Hepburn at Oh Yeah, Audrey! on Tumblr.
Bryan- online friend from Bel-Air, loves Audrey and old movies, helps with Gemma’s Tumblr.
Trina- another Audrey fan and online friend, also helps out with the blog.
Telly- internet troll, she shows up anyway. Which I kind of love.
Dusty- stumbled onto Oh Yeah, Audrey! while researching a paper, he and Gemma have been doing a lot of chatting. 😉 He’s also super rich.
When Gemma changes her mind, because no matter what he says, ladies, it’s never too late. I was very proud of Gemma in that moment.
Stop the Clock:
It’s a cute, fun read. It won’t change your life, but maybe it’ll make you think twice about cherishing your friends and not blowing them off for cute boys and fancy dresses. Warning, it will make you want to watch (or rewatch) Breakfast at Tiffany’s. And, if you’re like me, it’ll have you humming that song from Deep Blue Something for weeks after reading it.
(“And I said, “What about ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’?”
She said, “I think I remember the film,yes
and as I recall, I think, we both kinda liked it.”
And I said, “Well, that’s the one thing we’ve got.””)*
*True story, I’ve been singing the lyrics wrong for over a decade. I thought it was “and as I recall, laughing, we both kinda liked it”, but after consulting many sites, it seems I had it all wrong. Dammit.
Oh Yeah, Audrey! gets a Midnight Book rating of: