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Oh Yeah, Audrey By Tucker Shaw

Oh Yeah, Audrey By Tucker Shaw
Published14 Oct 2014 by Amulet Books

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Summary: t’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.

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There isn’t much I really want to say about Oh Yeah, Audrey. I was drawn in by the cover when I first saw it on Netgalley and the synopsis about Audrey Hepburn fanatics caught my eye. (A/N: I found a copy from the library — I wasn’t approved for the book on Netgalley, just to be clear!)

The story itself is short and simple. It takes place in a span of 24 hours and follows Gemma, an Audrey Hepburn fanatic, who ran away from home to meet her online friends (that she met through her Tumblr blog Oh Yeah, Audrey) to catch a movie screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Cue Gemma meeting Dusty, a boy she’s kind of had something with online and everything seems to be going better than planned… until everything went wrong.

The fact that the story takes place within 24 hours leaves little room for character development and the story had to be sped up. A lot of things are just glossed over, and the interactions Gemma had with these characters were just on the surface.

The plot focused a lot more on Audrey Hepburn, her impact on these kids 20 years on and the meaning behind Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The other plot was Gemma and Dusty which, much like the rest of the book, is sped up. You get a glimpse of how awful Dusty is right off the bat, and it does get predictable after.

Oh Yeah, Audrey is more of a fun beach read for me. It’s a short book with only 241 pages and goes really quickly so you could easily finish this in one sitting. Oh Yeah, Audrey is a simple contemporary story and would probably be more enjoyable if I was younger. Still, worth giving it a shot if you love Audrey Hepburn and all things Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

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Reunited By Hilary Weisman Graham

Reunited By Hilary Weisman Graham
Published June 12 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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Summary: 1 Concert
2000 Miles
3 Ex-Best Friends

Alice, Summer, and Tiernan are ex-best friends.

Back in middle school, the three girls were inseparable. They were also the number one fans of the rock band Level3.

But when the band broke up, so did their friendship. Summer ran with the popular crowd, Tiernan was a rebellious wild-child, and Alice spent high school with her nose buried in books.

Now, just as the girls are about to graduate, Level3 announces a one-time-only reunion show.

Even though the concert’s 2000 miles away, Alice buys three tickets on impulse. And as it turns out, Summer and Tiernan have their own reasons for wanting to get out of town. Good thing Alice’s graduation gift (a pea-green 1976 VW camper van known as the Pea Pod) is just the vehicle to get them there.

But on the long drive cross-country, the girls hit more than a few bumps in the road. Will their friendship get an encore or is the show really over?

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Before I get into the review, can I just say how gorgeous this cover is? The bright yellow cover really catches your eye from a far!

Now lets get down to business.

I really wanted to love Reunited. Reunited has been on my to-be-read list for a very long time now and I have to say I’m slightly disappointed with the outcome. Have you ever read a book that you’re so excited about, can’t wait to find out what the big secret is and when it comes…. ka-put. You feel nothing, and the days and hours in which you’ve spent reading it, you want it all back. That’s how I felt about Reunited.

It wasn’t the writing nor the plot per se that didn’t allow me to fall in love with it. For the most part I enjoyed it and I appreciated that the road trip it promised happened almost immediately. But what disappointed me was the great reveal, in which we find out the reason why the girls stopped being friends. To me, it felt like the reason was bigger. That they hated each other because they did something horrible. But it wasn’t like that. It was a misunderstanding at best and I felt a little cheated — that it was set up to be something big but ended up being so minuscule.

Add a dash of hype (mine, particularly) and expectations to the equation and you have that book you almost loved but just like it enough.

But Reunited isn’t terrible. In fact, it’s actually pretty good and takes you on an adventure. It’s a wonderful light hearted road trip book, with three different and colourful characters. The characters are flawed, human which makes them realistic and likeable. It explores friendships in its most delicate (even if I was disappointed by the reason!) and the bond that these friendships build over the years.

Reunited isn’t meant to be complicated. It’s supposed to be fun, and in that aspect it is. Personally, I feel like the ending was a bit of a let down but if you can overlook that, it is an enjoyable read. If you’re looking for a fun road trip book, I’d definitely recommend this.

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Anti Bullying Week: #AntiBullyReads Wrap Up + Recommendations

Anti Bullying Week has come and gone and no, I didn’t manage to read all five books. Typical. But, I did manage to read 2 of the 5 books in my TBR and on top of that an additional book the weekend before. I’m counting that. I really enjoyed myself through this read-a-thon and I’m so happy to have been a part of the Goodreads group and I’m certainly looking forward to next year’s #AntiBullyReads read-a-thon.

During the week of the read-a-thon I managed to read The S Word by Chelsea Pitcher and Thirteen Reasons Why By Jay Asher, both very compelling books about bullying done in very different yet similar ways. During the weekend before I also read the graphic novel Smile By Raina Telgemier which showcased everyday bullying situations in school — and its middle grade, so even younger readers can pick it up.

But just because Anti Bullying Week is over doesn’t mean we should stop reading books about bullying. In fact, we should keep reading, keep discussing, keep talking about it because bullying is still a prominent issue in our current society and hopefully through read-a-thons like these we can educate more people and encourage those who require help seek them, and encourage one another to be part of the solution.

Prior to this, I’ve read many books about bullying, many of them have been especially painful for me to read. Several of my favourites have been reviewed on the blog, such as: Wonder by R. J. Palacio (which also includes Wonder: The Julian Chapter, which follows the POV of the bully), Some Girls Are By Courtney Summers and Tease By Amanda Maciel. Here are some other recommendations of books that involve bullying (you can find these books and more all in the #AntiBullyReads group page):

Divergent By Veronica Roth • The List By Siobhan Vivian • The Outsiders By S. E. Hinton • Burn for Burn By Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian By Sherman Alexie