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Being Audrey Hepburn

A Novel

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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…

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 21, 2014 – Lisbeth is a Jersey girl who works at a local diner but dreams of a glamorous New York City life la Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Her best friend Jess, who has an internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, surprises Lisbeth with the chance to try on Hepburn's famous Givenchy dress, and Lisbeth's world changes as Manhattan's rich and famous mistake her for one of their own at a Met gala. Thus begins a whirlwind of celebrity party-hopping for Lisbeth, with aspiring designer Jess updating Lisbeth's grandmother's vintage wardrobe behind the scenes. As Lisbeth worries that she'll be found out, she has less and less time for family, friends, and Jake, the boy she's flirting with back home. First-time novelist Kriegman (creator of Clarissa Explains It All) hits all the right notes for breezy escapist fiction Manhattan glamour, glitzy parties, couture designs, and the name-dropping that goes with them. Yet as the stakes grow higher, Kriegman neglects Lisbeth's New Jersey life (much as Lisbeth herself does). By the time she realizes she's "forgotten about Jake," readers may have forgotten him, too. Ages 14 up.

Customer Reviews




is there going to be a audiobook???

Perfectly Marvelous!

Received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

"Being Audrey Hepburn" is perfectly marvelous, darlings! ;) Mitchell Kriegman spins a charming and inspired tale full of mischief, romance, and to-die-for fashion! Seriously well done on the fashion descriptions. I think a lot of authors get caught up in the mundane details of what the characters are wearing. But this felt like Kriegman was painting a fashion masterpiece with the words.

Lisbeth makes for a great MC. She’s totally adorable and an easily relatable gal trying to find her voice and her way in the world. I have to say the story was surprisingly unpredictable in some ways which made for a total breath of fresh air in the genre.

My only wish was that her romantic relationships had been a bit more developed. I feel like we missed out on seeing her fall for the guy. The romance was there—I just wasn’t quite as invested as I would have been if the audience had gotten to fall in love along with her.

This book is filled to the brim with nods to Audrey, which makes it an absolute dream for her fans. If you love Audrey Hepburn (I know I do), then this one is not to be missed!

P.S. This would make for a fun movie. Hope someone options it…

Being Audrey Hepburn
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  • $7.99
  • Level: Grades 9-13
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction
  • Published: Sep 16, 2014
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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