Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Publishing Date: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Pages: 304 pages
Young Adult Contemporary
The Premise: The story follows Audrey who has developed an anxiety disorder due to an unfortunate event. Despite the circumstances, Audrey has her family for support. Her brother who is a little-too-addicted to a video game, her eccentric mother and father understand what she is going through. She has been making good progress with her therapist Dr. Sarah. One day, when her brother announces that he is joining a gaming team, he has a friend of his come over (also part of the team), named Linus. Audrey is immediately intrigued by Linus and she finds herself being comfortable with him and opening up. And as the story would have it, the relationship does blossom into a really sweet and charming love story.
My overall thoughts and review: I have been a big fan of Sophie Kinsella for quite some time. I've read most of her books and I remember just loving them at the beginning of my undergrad. I was over-the-moon excited when I heard that Kinsella was coming out with a YA release and the premise sounded amazing. I love reading about characters that are able to find something (or in this case, someone) that helps bring them out of their shell. I really enjoyed the love story between Audrey and Linus. It was nicely paced and I just loved how much Linus supported Audrey through everything. What I enjoyed most was Audrey's interactions with her family. For a part in the story, Dr. Sarah has Audrey video-record her going about her life on a daily-basis and some scenes with her mom catching her brother playing video games instead of doing homework just made me laugh out loud. I especially enjoyed the scene: "Dickens!" haha. It was so much fun seeing that all unravel. I think what I really appreciated from this book was that Kinsella was sure to depict to the reader that there is no one-set cure to anxiety disorders and that they do take time. There are ups and downs that chart the progress of anxiety disorders and although moments in the book, where Audrey felt frustrated at her progress, I was glad to see that characters like Dr. Sarah and her mother were there to reassure her that it is a part of the progress and that it IS progress nonetheless. All in all, this was a wonderful young adult contemporary read that had comedy, romance, family relationships and more which I really enjoyed. I devoured it in one sitting. I would highly recommend this for fans of Sophie Kinsella! I really hope that Kinsella will write more YA in the future because this read was fantastic! :D
My rating of the book: ✮✮✮✮ (4/5 stars)
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Disclaimer: An advanced reader's copy of this book was sent to me by Random House Canada for consideration/review. All opinions are my own.