Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Finding Audrey by Sophie KinsellaAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Young Adult

Publisher: Delacorte 

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

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.

This was a really cute, easy read about a condition near and dear to my own heart. I liked how Kinsella managed to take something that generally depresses me about what I have dealt with in my own life, and gave it a humor that I found refreshing. Sure, panic and anxiety are serious problems, boy do I know that, but it’s nice to laugh a bit along the way and have something feel more real than the clinically depressing tomes I’ve read on the illness.

Fourteen year old Audrey is recovering from an incident at school that has left her unable to exist in a world outside the walls and security of her house. Her progress is slow but steady until she meets Linus, who encourages her to push past her boundaries and challenge herself. Something she wanted to do but lacked the people in her life to push her. I think everyone has that one thing in their life that they strive harder for…try harder for. For Audrey, that is Linus. The boy who “got” her when everyone else just tiptoed around her. The budding romance and how it was portrayed was sugary sweet and perfect for a character such as her.

Add in her seriously wacky family and Finding Audrey was a winner with me. I loved the first person prose peppered with theatrical stage writing. It keep the story line moving at a good pace and me interested as a reader. Which is hard to do with a YA for me.

The underlying tones of the repercussions of bullying were not lost on me. As a serious problem plaguing our young adults, seeing the aftermath but keeping the tone light to interest younger readers was probably a good idea on the authors part. I think this could serve as an opening to interact with my own children…get them reading and laughing to open the lines of communication on a serious subject.

I’d definitely pick up another book by Kinsella!

I give Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella 4 stars!

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