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.
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Tucker Shaw, who has been featured on the Today show, is the author of Everything I Ate and many popular books for teens, including Confessions of a Backup Dancer and The Girls. He lives in Denver, where he is a food editor for the Denver Post.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw, is a not-so-realistic fiction book about a teenage girl who struggles to find out her place in the world. Gemma Beasley is your normal 16 year old girl, at least in her opinion. Living in an one-bedroom apartment with her father, she fantasizes living a glamorous life far away. When she finds out about Audrey Hepburn, who plays character Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, her life changes forever. Entranced in the beauty of the woman, she starts a blog about her. Finding friends who share her passion, soon she is New York City with them, even though they’ve never met in person. She is living the celebrity life she always dreamed of, with parties, drinking, and fancy clothes. Gemma doesn’t want to dream of coming home. Will Gemma fall into the unrelenting trap of pretending to be someone she isn’t, or come to her senses and realize she’s perfect the way she is? Read the book to find out. I think, in a way, this book showed how vulnerable people are in times of crisis. Gemma and her friends Bryan and Trina, all had problems in their own life and viewed Audrey Hepburn as their way out. Bryan, though he was rich, was picked on at school. Trina worked long hours at a restaurant for little pay. And Gemma had the worst problem of all, having lost her mother and moving from a country mansion to a cramped apartment. Unable to open up to anyone but each other, these three formed a special connection centered around a common interest. Gemma trusted them more than anyone in the world. But what if her friends weren’t who they said they were? To run away from home without a parent’s knowledge with two people who she’s never met is beyond risky. Anybody can be anybody on social media. I’m sure if she didn’t feel so depressed, she wouldn’t have let these irrational thoughts ever become a reality. My favorite aspect of this book was the way it blended the future and the past, and had a moving lesson at the end. Using a mostly unknown old movie, it showed having something to hold on to, whether it was a movie, a person, or even a food, made all the difference for people in crisis. Having something that is constant in a world filled with change is what kept them going. I would even compare Gemma, Trina, and Bryan’s trip to New York to a religious pilgrimage. They felt they needed to make the trip not only to experience the life in the movie, but to also pay their respects to the movie that had given them so much hope. I would recommend this book to girls and fashion lovers over the age of 12. My reason for this is there is some inappropriate content for younger ages. An older reader would also have a better understanding of the emotional overwhelment of the characters, which plays a huge part in the story. I give this book 4 stars because of the following reasons. One, the book had a large emphasis on fashion, and a reader not interested in that area would find parts of the story boring. That is the only thing that degraded it from a five to a four. Other than that, the contrast and message made it a very good story. Review by Anya A., 11, Metropolitan Washington Mensa
At its bare bones, I liked Oh, Yeah, Audrey! A Novel (Amulet Books/Abrams, 2014) by Tucker Shaw. SPOILER ALERT! Teenaged Gemma, obsessed with Breakfast at Tiffany’s, meets up in New York City with other fans she’s met online. Their goal is to complete a walking tour of places associated with the book and movie and finish up with a movie screening, all in honor of some anniversary. Blinded by her love and admiration for Holly Golightly (played by Audrey Hepburn), Gemma refuses to see the character for what she is: a prostitute. Gemma is convinced that the men in the book just liked handing over money for the sheer privilege of being in Holly’s company. The meetup and tour get started, but Gemma quickly finds herself swept off her feet by one of the guys she met online. So much so that she abandons the rest of her friends and the tour. And who wouldn’t? Dusty is filthy rich and well-connected. He buys Gemma a vintage evening dress (previously owned by Hepburn herself). He takes Gemma to an exclusive art gallery opening, an overbooked classy restaurant, and an underground music venue. Gemma is infatuated with him but unaware that Dusty doesn’t share her feelings. He just considers it all advance payment for the services she’s expected to render at the end of their evening. Oh, Yeah, Audrey had a lot of promise but poor execution. The book got a really, really slow start. Over 100 pages in (out of 243 pages total), I still didn’t know the plot. The author could’ve speeded things up by jumping right into the action, revealing the necessary background information as each character was introduced rather than placing so much at the beginning. The characters didn’t need so much introduction anyway. They were rather cookie-cutter, even for Young Adult Fiction. The book also fed off of some particularly annoying stereotypes: all Californians are rich, all Asian men are gay, and all gays are fashionable. All this wrapped up into one dreadful character, or should I say caricature. Or maybe it’s brilliant parody of Mickey Rooney’s dreadful portrayal of Mr. Yunioshi. I can’t tell. At any rate, it does raise the question of why a Japanese-American would be so in-love with the whole Breakfast at Tiffany’s craze. I would’ve liked to have seen Gemma come into conflict with Holly Golightly’s other unseemly characteristics, not just her escort service. It seemed as if Shaw’s heroine had read a rose-colored version of Truman Capote’s short-story, free of theft, racism, and slander. The subplots also could’ve benefited from further development. Gemma and her friends come to terms with their sort-of-enemy way too early in the course of the story. Gemma’s parental issues seem relegated to needless filler. I also think that the significance of the heroine abandoning the walking tour for a date is lost when the reader considers that she and her friends together had abandoned it to go shopping and checkout the Hepburn dress auction beforehand. I guess in the end I have to admit disappointment. Oh, Yeah, Audrey had not just an entertaining story to tell, but also an important lesson about how naïve young people can end up in trouble. I really wish the book had been a draft, not the finished product. Some teen girls will probably like it, but I think it ended up as merely a shadow of what it could’ve been. If asked, I’d have to recommend Being Audrey Hepburn by Mitchell Kriegman instead.
Book is good book to read after chloe by design!!