by Robin Benway
Publishing Information: Razorbill: New York, 2008
ISBN: 9781595141910 / 9781595141927 (PB)
Pages: 313 p.
Ages: 12 & Up
While trying to score a date with her cute co-worker at the Scooper Dooper, sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts. (Novelist Plus)
Sixteen-year-old Audrey loves downloading music from her favorite bands, going to clubs to hear them play, and hanging out with her BFF, Victoria. What she doesn't love doing any more is being with her boyfriend Evan, a musician who thinks only about himself and his music career. Audrey dumps him and doesn't turn back, literally, even when he calls her name. Little did she know how that one action would change her life. Evan pens a song about the episode which becomes a hit, launching the band onto the charts and Audrey into a world of hounding paparazzi, word-twisting reporters, and undiminished notoriety.
All Audrey wants to do is go to school, spend time with her new boyfriend James, and get ready for senior year, but every time she turns around, someone is playing that song. Audrey has to find a way to return her life to normal without losing Victoria or James in the process.
(BookTalk submitted by Susan Fichtelberg (http://www.encounteringenchantment.com), a children's librarian at Woodbridge Public Library and the author of Encountering Enchantment: A Guide to Speculative Fiction for Teens. December, 2008
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Awards & Reviews:
Bulletin Blue Ribbons, 2008
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2009
Booklist, August 1, 2008, p. 58
Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2008
Publishers Weekly, April 21, 2008, p. 58 (Starred Review)
School Library Journal, August 1, 2008,p. 115
Discussion Questions and Ideas:
- Was Audrey over the top? What would you have done if you were in Audrey’s situation?
- What do you think you would do if Audrey were your best friend?
- Should we have laws about the paparazzi?
- What are the dangers of the paparazzi? What is the value of the paparazzi?
- What does this book conjure about the loss of anonymity or personal privacy?
- Is there value in being a famous person? Explain. What is the downside of being famous?
- Who/What is your favorite musician/band? What would you do if you had the chance to meet him/her/them?
- Discuss some of the famous incidents in which the paparazzi were involved.
- What does this book tell you about being a good friend? A good listener?
- Would you take a chance on being Audrey’s next boyfriend if you were James? Explain, discuss.
Author’s Website: http://www.robinbenway.com/
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Other Books by the Author:
This is the author's first book
About the Author:
Robin Benway grew up in Orange County, California, and attended college at both New York University and University of California at Los Angeles. At NYU, she won the Seth Barkas Prize for fiction. She has worked at Ballantine, Knopf, Borders, and Book Soup in West Hollywood. She lives in Santa Monica, CA.
Robin Benway’s Blog
Interview with Robin Benway