August 5

Book Review – Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

August 5, 2015

From Goodreads:
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.

I’ve been wanting to check out Sophie Kinsella for awhile (I know…’s a shocker I haven’t yet read the Shopaholic series). I was looking for another audio book when I realized this YA new release was available and calling my name. Here’s what I think about it after finishing:

On the Plus Side:

  • I absolutely adored the narrator and her lovely accent. I’m not sure I would have finished this book without her!
  • I like that Kinsella portrayed a teen character with anxiety. It is a difficulty that is common to both teens and adults, but that is rarely portrayed in novels featuring teens.
  • I was happy to see the inclusion of a character like Linus that supports Audrey despite her difficulties, reinforcing the concept that you want to be there for your friends, especially when they are going through trying times.

On the Minus Side:

  • The novel was slow to start. I had a hard time getting into it, and I didn’t feel as if the action ever really took off.
  • I don’t think anxiety and its treatment were depicted as accurately or realistically as I would have liked to see. The event which triggered the severe anxiety that Audrey felt was never fleshed out well, and Audrey’s recovery doesn’t follow the trajectory that Kinsella herself claims in the book.
  • Even though Linus was a supportive friend who helped Audrey immensely, he does not always handle her reactions well, which goes back to my above point that Kinsella didn’t necessarily depict anxiety, its treatment, and how you should handle those who are suffering from it very well.

Have you read Finding Audrey? What did you think? How does it compare to other books written by Kinsella?

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Posted August 5, 2015 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "book review

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