Sixteen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya has only one dream: becoming the best ballerina ever. Dancing’s always been who she is and she’s working her hardest to land the main role of the School of Performing Arts’ end of the year recital.
But…will she make it?
Within a week, Natalya’s life will be changed forever. Prequel novelette of One, Two, Three.
About the author: Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master’s degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Germany with her husband and their cat (who doesn’t seem to realize he’s not human), and uses her commuting time to write the stories swirling in her head. She’s also a serial smiley user.
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…
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…