Congratulations to the awesome Rebecca Behrens on the release of her fabulous new MG novel, When Audrey Met Alice!
You guys, I have been so excited for this book, you don't even know. I mean, Rebecca is fabulous, and I was always going to nerd out when this day came. BUT, a story about a kick-butt First Daughter, with a dash of US history? It's like it's targeted to everything I love.
Today when I got home, just after an icicle hanging from our awning stabbed me in the head on my way up the iced-over porch steps, I saw the UPS guy coming around the corner, holding what I knew was my copy of When Audrey Met Alice. I risked my neck going back down the stairs to get it and then hurried inside to read.
I devoured this book! And it's a good thing, too, because another member of the family wanted a turn...
Willow is happy to report that this book is great for people and cats, although she is looking forward to putting it to the ultimate test of curling up on top of it.
Here's my full review--I loved it! Thanks for such a great read, Rebecca!
When Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ok, I did not expect a book this fun and delightful to make me tear up a little at the end. It was total happy crying, but it took me by surprise anyway. Audrey Rhodes, First Daughter, is one of my new favorite people. Reading her story was a blast, except for the parts where I was in SO MUCH PAIN because one thing this book gets SO EXACTLY RIGHT is what it feels like to do something that seems like a great idea at the time and then immediately regret doing that thing. What I love about Audrey is that she responds totally realistically in those situations--sometimes with frustration or anger--but she works to fix the things she messes up, and to see things as other see them (once she's calmed down.) Her final bold choice is so satisfying and exciting, and I was thrilled to see a smart girl taking a stand for something she believes in. In short, she's a normal, imperfect, smart, courageous kid. And her historical counterpoint, Alice Roosevelt, is the same. I rooted so hard for both girls, and I'm sure I won't be the last one to add a biography of Alice to my TBR list after reading this!
In the end, while I loved the historical parallel stories, the way politics and the workings of the White House got worked into the story, and the sweet romance, the thing that got me right in the feels was Audrey's relationships with her family members, particularly her mom. (Alice's relationship with her family was a close second.) I love a well-done family story, and this one had a payoff that had me smiling through tears. I recommend When Audrey Met Alice to anyone who wants to eat up the world!
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