Thoughts on Being Audrey Hepburn

Being Audrey Hepburn
By: Mitchell Kriegman
Teen Book
321 pages

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for review. This, however, does not change my opinion in any, way, shape, or form.


Lisbeth comes from a broken home in the land of tube tops, heavy eyeliner, frosted lip-gloss, juiceheads, hoop earrings and "the shore." She has a circle of friends who have dedicated their teenage lives to relieve the world of all its alcohol one drink at a time. Obsessed with everything Audrey Hepburn, Lisbeth is transformed when she secretly tries on Audrey's iconic Givenchy. She becomes who she wants to be by pretending to be somebody she's not and living among the young and privileged Manhattan elite. Soon she's faced with choices that she would never imagine making - between who she's become and who she once was. This is a coming of age story that all begins with that little black dress...

My Thoughts
I am going to flat out say that the only reasons requesed this book because

1. Movie Stars
    • Movie Stars make such dramatic books that I am such a sucker for. 
2. Blogging main character
  • As I am personally a blogger, I love to read about bloggers, they are like me in every possible way(except they have way more followers and don't rant about books ALL the time), but except for that we are like twins.
  • I also always (for some strange reason I never understand why) think that I will pick up some useful tips for blogging by reading FICTIONAL books about bloggers. Great logic, Veronica.

3. Fashion
  • I think that in my secret second life I am obsessed with fashion. I always think that it would be so good to sew and make my own clothes, because stores are dumb. I also love coming up with my own designs and I love color, but I never actually learn anything online like I tell myself I will, so that dream goes out the window.

I felt that many things were repeated.

I felt that many things, like just the plot were repetitive and kind of cliche. This is one of the main reasons that I gave this book such a low rating. I also felt that many phrases were also kind of lead throughout the book, and it made the book feel like I had read several sections over and over again, but they were just that way in the book.

I could really tell that this was written by someone who clearly does not know the age group he was writing for.

I also did not like the writing style. I felt that you could clearly see that this book was targeted at a younger audience, by someone who knew very little about the age group he was writing about. I also felt that the narrative was not very realistic and just felt all planned and set out. The writing also didn't flow well for me.

I liked one of the side characters better than the protagonist.

Our protagonist in this book made a whole project out of being a poseur. And it really bugged me. Lisbeth was cute and charming, but she really annoyed me with her, "Fake it till you make it!" attitude. I did like that Lisbeth was insecure because it made her more realistic to me. Lisbeth's best friend, Jess was the redeeming point in this book for me. I liked her so much better than Lisbeth it is not even funny. Jess was unique, bold, and one of those cool artsy people we all secretly wish to be. This book also had snippets of her backstory, which I also really enjoyed. All of Lisbeth's family members annoyed me and I am not going to get into it. Her whole family felt very pushed as trying to be real, but it didn't work. I did like Nan, however. Nan was so cool. Nan was caring and cute, like all good grandparents should be, but she had a certain flair to her that most elderly people don't have. Nan also had a cool and mysterious past that I feel would have made a much better book. The celebrities in this book also annoyed me to absolutely no end.  One thing in this book that did make me happy was all of the character development in everyone, even the family and celebrities.

There were some great "in the moment" things in this book.

I absolutely loved the conversations and other spontaneous things in this book. I think that this was the other redeeming point of this book, and I kept going because off it. I loved how the conversations could be both funny and deep at the same time.

I really liked this book while reading it,but I can clearly see the flaws after thinking about it.

This book is what I have come to call a pleasure book. This book, just like pleasure cannot be good after you have finished the book. You immediately see all the flaws and gaps in the story that should have been fixed. In conclusion, I would not recommend this to anyone.


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