First daughter Audrey Rhodes can’t wait for the party she has planned for Friday night. The decorations are all set and the pizza is on its way. But the Secret Service must be out to ruin her life, because they cancel at the last minute-citing security breach and squashing Audrey’s chances for making any new friends. What good is being “safe and secure” if you can’t have any fun?
Audrey is ready to give up and become a White House hermit, until she discovers Alice Roosevelt’s hidden diary. The former first daughter gives Audrey a ton of ideas for having fun…and more problems than she can handle.
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WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE was one of my Waiting on Wednesday picks before it came out, and so I was really excited to start reading this book. There’s a lot of things going for this book and I guess the only thing that I didn’t love about it was the fact that I didn’t love it. There were a lot of aspects to the book that I really liked, but none of them were truly amazing to me. It’s more of a personal issue with this story rather than anything about the book itself, so I think that this will be a great fit for middle-grade lovers of historical fiction and even those who aren’t usually into historical fiction. The fact that it’s set in modern times is a great way to get past the genre barrier.
The diary entries from Alice are extremely relatable and funny while still seeming realistic for the time period she was in. WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE is very well researched and presents the history in a way that is not only fun and enjoyable, but also educational. There are great notes in the back.
Over the course of this story, I really came to understand both Audrey and Alice and I thought that there was a lot of growth and lessons to be taken away from this book. All in all, a win read. 3.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 304