Finding Audrey // Book Review
Pages // 288
Published // June 2015
Read in // January 2016
My Rating // ★★★★1/2 // 4.5/5 Stars
Audrey loves her family, even if they are a bit off-the-wall. When Audrey develops an anxiety disorder as a result of an unpleasant incident, her family is there to help. Audrey now wears dark glasses whenever she feels the need to protect herself, but she’s also making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah.
Then Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, and she is energized. She 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.
With her genuine gift for comic writing, Sophie Kinsella blends comedy, romance, and psychological insight in this contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and delight.
I really enjoyed this book! Despite how the synopsis sounds, it was incredibly hilarious. Audrey’s family made the book. The mom, dad, and both brothers were really funny in very different ways. I think Sophie Kinsella handled the topic of anxiety and mental illness very well. I was able to relate to Audrey throughout the book, having dealt with a bit of anxiety before.
The romance between Audrey and Linus was super sweet and didn’t go too fast, in my opinion. (The part with the coconut ice cream was so so so cute). I also loved how they passed the notes back and forth. Linus was an awesome character, and perfect for Audrey.
I really liked seeing Audrey’s recovery through her sessions with Dr. Sarah. Although, I got frustrated when she went off her meds and convinced herself she was better, even if she wasn’t. I did think her recovery went a little fast, although sometimes that happens. It didn’t bother me that much that we never found out about the incident that caused Audrey’s anxiety, because that’s not what the book is about. The book is about Audrey getting better for the sake of her future, not dwelling on the past.
I really liked the ending, when everyone came together for the LOC tournament. And I loved when Audrey finally got in front of the camera and took her glasses off. Overall, this book was funny, sweet, and inspiring and I definitely recommend it to everyone.
“I think what I’ve realized is, life is all about climbing up, slipping down, and picking yourself up again. And it doesn’t matter if you slip down. As long as you’re kind of heading more or less upwards. That’s all you can hope for. More or less upwards.” ~ pg. 284
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