Published by St. Martin's Griffin on September 16, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Young Adult
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 filmBreakfast 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…
I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I have to be honest here. When I requested this book on Netgalley, I did it solely because it had the name “Audrey Hepburn” in the title. I didn’t even read the summary. Yes, I know. Some would shame me for that, but I am an Audrey fanatic, just like Lisbeth in the book. Of course, after I received access to the book, I read the summary. Better late than never, right?
When Lisbeth gets a message from her best friend, Jess, for an extremely rare opportunity to see THE black dress Audrey wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, she can’t resist. And neither could I. As the reader, I felt the same excitement that Lisbeth felt upon reading that message. I anxiously made the journey from Jersey to Manhattan along side her and squirmed with excitement as she came face to face with one of the most famous dresses in all of Hollywood.
Who knew a little black dress could change your life?
When Lisbeth gets to try the dress on, her entire world changes. What was a boring life in Jersey as a diner waitress, suddenly becomes a mysterious life in the spotlight along side some of the most well known New York City socialites. Of course, events in this book are less likely to happen than say Justin Bieber getting arrested, it was a fun journey to go on with the author and the main character, Lisbeth. The entire book is so fun and a nice break from the outside world. It’s also more than just an adventure for an Audrey fanatic. For Lisbeth, it’s a journey to find out who she is and what she wants to do with her life without the constant nagging from her mom. She learns a lot about herself throughout the book. Of course it takes many upsets and unfortunate events for her, but through it all, she learns some very important lessons.
I praise the author, Mitchell Kriegman, for writing such a fun and adventurous book. For this Audrey fan, I enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end. Of course, you don’t have to be an Audrey fan to enjoy this book. In fact, this book just might make you an Audrey fan. In that case, I encourage you indulge in a little Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday, just to name a few.
4.5 out of 5 stars.
PS. BEING AUDREY HEPBURN was released as an audiobook on November 18, 2014! That’s great news for those who enjoy listening to books come to life. And I have a sample for you to check out! Just click on the link & enjoy. 🙂