Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Published by Random House Children's Books
Published on June 9th 2015
Genres: Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Marriage & Divorce, Social Issues, Young Adult
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A New York Times BestsellerFrom the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain. An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.From the Hardcover edition.
Let me just preface this with the fact that I am a huge Sophie Kinsella fan. I’ve read all of her books, even those published under her real name, Madeline Wickham. Her books have been aimed at adult readers, but let me tell you- her foray into YA did not disappoint.
Audrey is a young teenage girl who is suffering from anxiety and depression as the result of an undisclosed “incident” with mean girls in school. While the exact nature of the incident is never disclosed, we can surmise that our heroine endured severe bullying. Her family is hilarious, crazy, and totally endearing. I really loved this family. It is relatable on so many levels. Her dad is a bit of a workaholic. Her mother is just a bit high strung and guilty of inflicting lifestyle changes on her family that she reads about in the Daily Mail. Her older brother, Frank, is just your average teenage boy: totally addicted to video games. Her younger brother, Felix, is four, and he is by far the most accurately portrayed four-year-old ever. Then there is Linus, Frank’s friend from school and fellow gamer. His gentle attempts to befriend Audrey despite her intense anxiety slowly win Audrey, and the reader, over. With Linus’s help, Audrey faces her fears and begins to recover from her illness.
Four and a Half Stars to Finding Audrey.
If you have anxiety, you will find yourself reflected in the pages of this book. If you don’t have an anxious bone in your body, but know someone who does, this book will surely give you some insight into their psyche. I for one really connected with Audrey’s struggles even though my anxiety pales in comparison to what was portrayed in “Finding Audrey.” Kinsella handled the crippling effects of mental illnesses and the courage and strength it takes to overcome it so beautifully. She conquered a heavy subject in a lighthearted way sure to educate and warm the heart.
So jump across the “pond ” and get to know an endearing girl named Audrey, and her insane, lovable family. Root for her, cheer for her, and fall for a British boy named Linus.
And most of all, enjoy the moments that make you laugh out loud
In public, like I did.
Oh, and fair warning:
This book may cause serious Starbucks cravings
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