Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Page Number: 286
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 9th, 2015
Format Read: E-book (Live-brary)
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.
After finishing this book my reaction was wow this book was great. On retrospect, it was pretty great, but there were some problems as well.
The personality of each character was really unique. As I’ve read Sophie Kinsella before, i was scared that the narrator would be overly eccentric and annoying but what ended up happening was that the mom ended up being that overly annoying character.
As Audrey’s mom was not the narrator, I had no problems with her, and even related some of her actions and words to my own mother.
I felt that Audrey was “cured” very quickly. It seemed to me that her mental illness was something that progressed throughout her school year and a certain series of events really triggered it and made it worse.
So she regressed to her house and dark glasses and never left for a few months…but then a boy comes into the picture and she’s somehow cured? I really felt that there could have been more interaction between Linus and Audrey showing how much he helps her.
Itty bitty spoilery section:
…we never found out what exactly the bullying incident was…
Also, I felt like the Linus thing was a little insta love type and progressed really fast. And it also reminded me that Audrey is 14 and making out with a boy…of course she is…
The ending felt a tad rushed, and honestly, Linus’s reaction to wanting to meet Izzy was out of line. If anything his reaction was the thing that made Audrey relapse, not meeting Izzy.
Speaking of Izzy, urgh, her parents made me so mad! The way they basically tried to pin everything on Audrey and were kind of in denial.
A great book about social anxiety and mental illness from the perspective of a teenager with a strong family plot line.
4 out of 5 stars
Have you read this book? What did you think?