Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Publication Date: June 2015
My Rating: ✹✹✹✹✹
“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 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.”
I was extremely sceptical before buying this book, I had read some brilliant reviews and I knew it was about mental illness, which is something I enjoy reading about when done right. But I also knew this was a YA novel and had a romantic element to it. Which is what put me off slightly, I was worried that it wouldn’t portray mental illnesses properly and the guy would magically “cure” the girl who is suffering. This wasn’t the case and I am slightly gutted I didn’t buy it sooner!
One of my favourite things about this book is that it’s about one of those families – loud, crazy, often torn apart by arguments, but ultimately very close and loving towards one another. The dynamics Kinsella creates between the members of Audrey’s family make this book very funny and also very touching too.
I think all teenagers should read this book, whether they suffer from a mental illness or not, because it will be relatable in some ways to those who do and would be a great way to raise awareness and understanding to those who don’t.
Now I want to go read more from Sophie Kinsella because this book was very impressive.
I liked that the book was a good balance of light-hearted silly humour and hard realism. It was really effective. I rated this book a very well deserved 5 stars.
About The Author:
Madeleine Wickham is a bestselling British author under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. She is best known for writing a popular series of chick-lit novels. Sophie raced into the UK bestseller lists in September 2000 with her first novel in the Shopaholic series – The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic. She now lives in London, UK, with her husband and family.