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OhYeahAudreyEver since, as a young child, Gemma Beasley saw a photo of Audrey Hepburn, she was in awe of her. Her beauty, her fashion, her stature, her presence. Three months ago, when her mother passed away, she started her blog, Oh Yeah, Audrey!. She posted photos daily of Audrey.

When it was announced that there would be a midnight showing of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Ziefield Theater in New York, she decided that she’s sneak out of her Philadelphia home, not tell her lonely, over protective father, and spend a day in HollyGolightlyNew York, touring Holly Golightly’s haunts, culminating in a viewing of the movie. She booked a cheap hotel in Chinatown.

Oh Yeah, Audrey opens with Gemma standing in front of Tiffany’s at 5 AM dressed in a long gown, a tiara in her hair, big sunglasses, holding a cup of coffee and a pastry, just like Holly Golightly. She’s hoping that her internet friends, Bryan from California and Trina from Colorado show up, as promised. When they do, Gemma hands them the one day Holly Golightly itinerary. Later, they’re surprised to meet up with Telly, an Audrey Hepburn naysayer who posted negative comments on Oh Yeah, Audrey. Telly begs to be included in their threesome, having seen the light about Audrey, but not for her beauty and fashion, but for her humanitarian works.

A fifth musketeer appears in the form of Dusty, an exceedingly rich New Yorker who Gemma helped with a school assignment on fashion and movies. He woos Gemma, who then must decide to accompany her friends for their night out or go out with Dusty.

I was first introduced to Tucker Shaw through his book Flavor of the Week. His books are enjoyable, light reads which have a moral at the end. Oh Yeah, Audrey! is no different. Gemma goes through a journey of self discovery. Her mother always used to tell her that she needs to figure out who she is and by the end of her New York stay she has. Shaw deals with the loneliness of a parent/spouse’s death. He points out the dichotomy between Hepburn the fashion icon vs. Hepburn the humanitarian. Unfortunately, in many cases the former out shadowed the latter.

I must admit that Oh Yeah, Audrey! has awakened my interest in Audrey Hepburn movies and I may go on a Hepburn binge. I won’t memorize the lines of Breakfast at Tiffany’s but her classics such as Sabrina, Charade, Roman Holiday, Wait Until Dark and my all time favorite movie, My Fair Lady are definitely worth a visit.

So read Oh Yeah, Audrey! for both an enjoyable book and a rekindling of your interest in Audrey Hepburn.

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