Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Young Adult Fiction & Romance
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Overall Rating: 5 stars
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.
I love Sophie Kinsella. She has been one of my favorite authors since I first read Confessions of a Shopaholic. So, when I found out she was diving into the world of young adult romance/fiction, I knew I had to pick up this book (I just had to wait till it come out in paperback). WOAH. This book is FABULOUS. It’s hilarious but also deals with some complex issues like adolescent anxiety disorder. Being a person who has anxiety myself (not nearly as bad as Audrey’s though) I can definitely relate to the story. And the way that Kinsella manages the story is done perfectly. She is sensitive to the subject but makes it real. She shows the darker side of the human psyche but also manages to make is laugh and love the characters all the same. What’s the best part of this story though? THE FAMILY. OMG I haven’t laughed that hard in a while. Audrey’s mother is one of those insane characters who just HAS to be involved in every aspect of her children’s lives and she lives on the Daily Mail as if it were here own personal bible. HA. It’s utterly HULARIOUS. The other secondary characters will also make you chuckle and I think most people would really enjoy them. YAY. I just really loved this book. I can’t say enough good things about it.
So, this story is about a girl named Audrey who has anxiety disorder. Audrey went through something pretty dramatic in school (the author never specifies what exactly this is though) and ended up spending some time in a hospital due to a breakdown. When Audrey gets out, we see her as a girl who cannot leave her house, a girl who cannot may eye contact with ANYONE (she constantly wears dark sunglasses), and a girl that has a general fear of people. One day her brothers friend Linus comes to visit. At first Audrey is terrified and she panics and hides in the corner. But with a series of paper notes the two get to know each other and little by little, Linus helps Audrey to come out of her shell. Of course this will take Audrey time and she will have some serious up’s and downs, but the growth we see in her and the blossoming of love between her and Linus is beautiful.
Readers will be delighted to go on this journey with Audrey as she overcomes her anxiety. You will laugh with her (mostly at her crazy but totally loveable family) and cry with her when her progress is stunted. But most of all, readers will gain an understanding to complex issues that affect many people throughout the world. Hopefully, this book will lead to others having a new appreciation for people and their differences. Do I personally recommend this book? YES! I think mothers and daughters should read this book together as it can be pretty eye opening. I also think fans of the author will love this book as it takes has Kinsella’s personal flair in terms of humor but also incorporates real world issues.
5 Pretty Little Stars
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