Hi fellow bookworms!
How are you all? It’s currently boiling in London so I spent most of the day outside! I also went to Summer in the City (a YouTube convention) on the weekend and met Hannah Witton and Bethan Leadley!! They are so lovely!
Anyway, today I am going to review Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. Enjoy!
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.
Finding Audrey is Sophie Kinsella’s first Young Adult novel, and I have to say, I was quite impressed. Although Finding Audrey isn’t as good as the Shopaholic series, Kinsella has done a fantastic job at capturing the thoughts and feelings of a teenage girl. While it’s never quite clear what happened at school to cause Audrey’s anxiety, it’s still a really intriguing story and you can kind of understand why Audrey reacted the way she did.
The romance in Finding Audrey is really sweet too. I totally ship Audrey and Linus. I like the fact that Linus was so supportive of Audrey and she was eventually able to regain her confidence and go outside. I also thought that the challenges Audrey and Linus did in Starbucks were funny – kind of reminded me of the shopping scene in The DUFF (the film). However, I did get the feeling that Audrey was a bit dependent on Linus and always seemed to be waiting around for him. She also seemed to recover a bit too quickly.
Nevertheless, Finding Audrey was an enjoyable book. I loved the addition of film scripts (Audrey has to film a documentary for her therapist). It made the book feel more chatty. Audrey’s mother was a hilarious character – she was so ridiculous! I can’t believe that she threw Frank’s laptop out of the window! Yes, she actually did it! Although I guess I do understand her reaction to her son’s addiction. Sort of.
Have you read Finding Audrey? Did you enjoy it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!