First Daughter Audrey Rhodes is convinced that living in the White House is like being permanently grounded. Except with better security. What good is having your own bowling alley if you don’t have anyone to play with?
After the Secret Service cancels the party she’d spent forever planning, Audrey is ready to give up and spend the next four years totally friendless–until she discovers Alice Roosevelt’s hidden diary. Alice was a White House wild child, and her diary tells all about her outrageous turn-of-the-century exploits, like shocking State visitors with her pet snake and racking up speeding tickets in her runabout. Audrey starts asking herself: What Would Alice Do? The former First Daughter’s outrageous antics give Audrey a ton of ideas for having fun . . . and get her into more trouble than she can handle!
It wasn’t easy to be the First Kid and Audrey was definitely not having a good time because of her status. After moving into the White House, Audrey felt as though she were living in a prison. Could her life change now that she had access to the private journal of Alice Roosevelt?
Audrey was a lonely kid. With her parents busy working all the time, she didn’t really have anyone to talk with. Because she didn’t have any sibling, she could only play alone at the bowling alley inside the White House. Since she must travel with guards around her at all times, you could imagine how frustrating Audrey must feel as a young teenager. Life could be really difficult for a young teen at times and when all adults treated her as though she were a misbehaved child, Audrey felt unheard, misinterpreted and misunderstood.
I felt bad for Audrey. She wasn’t an irresponsible person. In fact, she was quite likeable but because the adults were too busy to spend time with her, they often made quick judgments based on what other people hinted about her. It was quite unfair and if I were Audrey, I’d probably scream and yell and call the adults hypocrites and egomaniacs.
Anyway, Audrey was hurt by her parents’ reactions but she wasn’t someone who’d do reckless stuff just because she was being scoffed. She could be naive at times but honestly, I quite liked her for being a bit imprudent and a little unsophisticated.
Reading the private journal of Alice Roosevelt had opened Audrey to become more creative about who she could become and while not everything that Alice did had a positive influence on her, I liked that Audrey didn’t blindly follow every rebellious act that Alice did.
The ending seemed fun (although there was this a-little-too-good-to-be-true vibe to it) but I liked that Audrey was generous about what she could do (and achieve) as First Kid to help others.
Would you like to know a bit more about Audrey?
Here is her character profile…
of Audrey Rhodes
By Rebecca Behrens
Name: Audrey Lee Rhodes
Alias: “Tink” (her Secret Service codename); “Fido” (her nickname at school, a shortened version of FDOTUS)
Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
Current residence: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC
Height: Self-describes as short
Special abilities: “Elbow-in-the-soup treatment”: the ability to feign interest in boring conversation in order to charm someone
Siblings: None; Audrey is an only child
Father: Jeffrey Rhodes, MD/PhD
Relationship with father: Good, although Audrey thinks she’d get more attention from him if she turned into a lab rat
Mother: Helen Calloway Rhodes, aka POTUS
Relationship with mother: Strained, due to her mother’s busy schedule as Commander in Chief
Memorable childhood event: Her mother being elected the first female president of the United States
Current occupation: Student; FDOTUS
Intelligence level: Very bright
Physical condition: Very good, thanks to dance training
Romantic status: Has a huge crush on her best Washington friend, Quint
Enemies: Madeline Horn, whose grandfather is a political rival of Audrey’s mother
Strengths: Curiosity, sense of humor, intelligence, empathy
Weaknesses: Mopeyness, stubbornness, impulsivity
Short-term goal: Convince her parents to let her go on the class trip to New York City
Long-term goal: Figure out who she is, outside of her mother’s shadow
Biggest fear: Missing out on life because of the restrictions upon her
Favorite quote: “What Would Alice Do?”
About The Author
Rebecca Behrens grew up in Wisconsin, studied in Chicago, and now lives with her husband in New York City, where she works as a production editor for children’s books. Rebecca loves writing and reading about girls full of moxie and places full of history. When she’s not writing, you can find her running in the park, reading on a beach, or eating a doughnut. Visit her online at www.rebeccabehrens.com.