by Sophie Kinsella
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Mental Illness
Age Category: Young adult
Release Date: June 9th, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
From 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.
Finding Audrey tells the story of Audrey Turner, a fourteen year old girl who is suffering from anxiety. This is Sophie Kinsella’s YA debut, and man, did she enter the world of YA with a bang. It covers a very serious topic, but also has many light-hearted and humorous moments.
I loved almost every single character in this book. Audrey is a great narrator. She is witty and down to earth. I loved reading from her point of view, and was rooting for her throughout the book. Her older brother. Linus, the love interest, is SO DAMNED CUTE. Frank and Felix, Audrey’s brothers, were also pretty awesome. The only character whom I have a problem with is Audrey’s mother. She was overwhelming and unrealistic and basically, insane.
Audrey and Linus’ romance was sweet and endearing. He saw Audrey for she was, a witty teenage girl, underneath her anxiety. No, he didn’t heal her. Audrey managed to recuperate on her own. He motivated and helped Audrey overcome her anxiety. I really loved him. The only thing was, I felt that Audrey warmed up to him way too fast, considering her anxiety. Except for that tiny detail, I loved their relationship.
Finding Audrey is not a typical sick-lit book, but is a ray of sunshine among the other books dealing with serious topics. Kinsella balances out the darker moments of anxiety with her usual humour. Even though it is not very realistic, I loved Finding Audrey and getting to know Audrey and crew. Congratulations, Sophie, on a wonderful YA debut!