Friday, July 11, 2014

Being Audrey Hepburn: A Novel by Mitchell Kriegman

Being Audrey Hepburn: A Novel

Hardcover336 pages
Expected publication: September 16th 2014


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 has always had a thing for Audrey Hepburn, and I can relate to her. While my love of Audrey is not nearly as obsessive, I do have an Audrey poster that was given to me as a gift hanging on my wall, and can watch her movies over and over again. Lisbeth's drug is Breakfast At Tiffany's. It is the go-to movie for her whenever life has got her down.

Who knew trying on a dress can change your life? Lisbeth definitely did not expect to go on such a zany adventure after trying on Audrey's Givenchy dress, but that is what happened. Lisbeth becomes immersed in the life of the rich and famous while she is neither. She tries to balance her real life as a waitress at a local dive, with the life of Lisbeth Dulac a fashion blogger whose fashion sense catches the attention of thousands of followers. With the help of her best friend Jess, who reworks Lisbeth's grandmother's old vintage gowns, Lisbeth becomes accepted as part of the "in" crowd. She creates her amazing fashion sense as the work of Designer X (Jess) and becomes good friends with the Princess of Pop. Naturally, the party can only last for so long. 

In all honesty, this is not the kind of book I would normally pick up. However, I am so glad I got the chance to read it because it was so much fun to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a light, fun and quirky read that is full of adventure. 

You do not have to be an Audrey fan to enjoy this novel, though it would help with understanding some of the references made to her movies. This book could actually turn readers into Audrey fans; you never know. If that is the case, I encourage you to indulge yourself with Breakfast At Tiffany's, or Funny Face, my personal favorite which I actually watched right before writing this review. 


Anonymous said...

This book sounds like so much fun! I am an Audrey fan and will definitely have to check this out. Great review!

Danielle said...

Thank you! It really was a lot of fun, I hope you enjoy it too if you check it out :)

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