Being Audrey Hepburn by Mitchell Kriegman

19286549Being Audrey Hepburn by Mitchell Kriegman

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (336 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Cholla

In Being Audrey Hepburn, Clarissa Explains It All-creator, Mitchell Kriegman, tells the story of a 19-year-old girl from Jersey who finds herself thrust into the world of socialites after being seen in Audrey Hepburn’s dress from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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.

In the tradition of The Nanny Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada, this is a coming of age story that all begins with that little black dress…

Lisbeth Wachowicz is looking for an out. Out of her life, out of her predestined future as a nurse practicioner, just simply out. When life gets to be too much, she retreats into the world of classic Audrey Hepburn, wishing she could be something like her idol. Fate strikes and gives her the chance to try on the dress – Audrey Hepburn’s classic Givenchy – and alters the course of everything Lisbeth ever thought possible. But will she crash and burn before she makes her name?

In too many ways, I can identify with what Lisbeth was dealing with at home. Feeling invisible, walking on eggshells around her family, all the hardships that come from living in a single parent family, especially when one parent is an alcoholic. What I couldn’t understand, however, was her obsession with being an A-lister. To a point, I understand her need to be seen and noticed, I think we can all relate to that, but her insatiable need to be in the limelight was kind of beyond me.

That said, she is an amazing character. No matter how much she screws things up, she gets right back at it and either messes things up more or she makes them better. When she hits rock bottom and feels like she’s lost it all, she pulls herself up by the slingbacks and makes a decision to swallow her pride and fix things, even if they’re absolutely unfixable. This is what makes her redeemable and likeable in the end. Because trust me, she does a lot of things that would make the world turn on her.

Being Audrey Hepburn is an emotional rollercoaster that will have you laughing, crying and even screaming in frustration. I found myself truly invested in Lisbeth’s world as she struggled to figure out who she really was while dealing with family problems much bigger than her own. A good read for anyone whether you love Audrey Hepburn as much as Lisbeth does or not.

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