Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on June 9th 2015
Also by this author: My Not So Perfect Life
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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.
So I’ve been waiting to read this book since early this summer. When I first heard about it, I knew who Sophie Kinsella was, but I’d never read any of her books. Last month, I read her book, “I’ve Got Your Number” and found it to be seriously charming. Anyway, from what I can tell based on her chick lit works, Finding Audrey is different from anything she’s ever written. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised by how funny and clever Audrey and the rest of the characters were. Audrey suffers from an anxiety disorder, and Kinsella tackles this issue by using humor. Sometimes I have issues with this because it’s a serious topic that needs to handled as such, but the author still managed to be sensitive, she just took a lighter approach which ended up working for me.
Anxiety is something that I’ve always struggled with, but this book made me realize how easy I have it! My heart really went out for Audrey because she desperately craves to be “normal” but she’s unable to make eye contact with anyone, including her family, (minus her little brother) and only leaves her house to attend therapy sessions. I loved Audrey from the very first page, she’s witty and ridiculously hilarious.
One of the best parts of this book was definitely Linus! I’m pretty sure my heart totally melted during about two or three different scenes. Specifically, the part where he started writing notes to Audrey because he learned from her brother how difficult it was for her to talk to anyone. Then he starts having her talk to random strangers about the weirdest topics to make it more entertaining for her. I just found it awesome how understanding he was. The world would be a much more lovely place if more guys like Linus were real and were able to help out people struggling with anxiety disorders just like he helped Audrey.
The one problem I had with this was that we never learned the exact incident that caused her anxiety disorder. Yeah, we could pick up bits and pieces of what happened, but I kept waiting and waiting for it to be revealed, and it NEVER was. I just couldn’t overlook this not being completely clear to us. Yes, it was a traumatizing experience that Audrey doesn’t want to relive, but I still felt like knowing what happened would make everything much more known to the readers. It was a missing puzzle piece that I really craved to know.
All in all, this was a really lovely read and completely lived up to my expectations of it. Yes, Audrey’s mother is totally crazy and went overboard many times, especially with her older brother Frank and his video game addiction. But I still found all the drama with her family to be realistic and also hysterical. There were many times where I was laughing out loud, and that doesn’t happen all the frequently for me. I recommend this book to anyone looking for something that combines both seriousness and comedy with a natural ease.