Finding Audrey- the name is so appropriate. And so is the cover. When you will read the book, you will understand. Its a Sophie Kinsella book. So, it has the same amount of humor and cute romance as all her other books. This is her first YA novel. I liked it a lot. But it wasn’t her best story.
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.
Audrey has Social Anxiety Disorder. This book is about her finding parts of herself that she lost during her dark days and recovering. It is also about her family recovering as a whole. I always love reading books about characters that have diseases like these. They help me to understand the diseases better and also to see the world from their perspectives. So, when I look back to the story, I guess I learned a lot about this disease that I didn’t know about. But the book is more about just the disease. And unlike the books I have previously read by her, this story is centered around the family, not the romance.
The characters are very distinct and lovable, as with most Sophie Kinsella books. The family is just so relatable. The manic mom and her reactions to everything is very realistic because a lot of the things that she did are similar to the things I have seen my mom do. The way she tries to handle Frank, Audrey’s brother, sometimes ends up in hilarious conversations. There is one incident where Audrey’s mom buys a book titled “How to talk to your teenagers?” and tries to apply the book’s advices while talking to Frank. She repeatedly tells Frank, “I hear you, Frank”, while forcing him to do some voluntary work she wants him to do. In the end, Frank becomes so frustrated that he agrees to do whatever she wants just to make her stop. There are many hilarious moments like these that will make you laugh out loud. And you know what the best part about this book is? No one is made out to be the villain. There is not one member in the family who is unsympathetic or overtly sympathetic about Audrey’s condition. Everything that the family does or says is very realistic and relatable.
Then there is Linus. He really pays a major role in the healing that Audrey goes through, as said in the synopsis. But he is not as big part of the story as implied in the synopsis. As I said, the family is the center of the story and just for this book, the romance takes the sidelines. But still, it was really, really cute. The way that Audrey slowly begins to let Linus in is really amazing to witness.
Overall, I really liked the story. It just lacked that punch for me that most of Sophie Kinsella books have. I really love her works and so this book disappointed me a little. In the middle of the story, it suddenly felt like it was going somewhere. But my expectations were in vain. This does not mean that this book is not worth a read. All of this author’s works are worth reading. She never fails to put a smile on your face. Just don’t go in the story expecting much. Read it for a quick, light, contemporary read and you will not be disappointed. Have you read the book yet? If you have, please give me your opinions in the comments section.
My rating- 3.5/5.
My Goodreads rating- 4/5.