Author: Sophie Kinsella
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Audrey loves her family, even if they are a bit off-the-wall. When Audrey develops an anxiety disorder as a result of an unpleasant incident, her family is there to help. Audrey now wears dark glasses whenever she feels the need to protect herself, but she’s also making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah.
Then Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, and she is energized. She 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.
With her genuine gift for comic writing, Sophie Kinsella blends comedy, romance, and psychological insight in this contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and delight.
First Sentence: OMG, Mum’s gone insane.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
I was super excited for Finding Audrey. No, I wasn’t excited for it because I’ve read and love Sophie Kinsella’s other books – Finding Audrey is actually my first Sophie Kinsella book – but because there was so much buzz surrounding Finding Audrey and how Sophie Kinsella was now writing a Young Adult book. I’m very sad to say after reading Finding Audrey, I was a tad bit disappointed, probably because my expectations for it was sky high due to all the buzz the book got.
Do you feel like a failure? Very much.
Do you ever wish you didn’t exist? Very much. (ARC 25)
For me, one of the downfalls of Finding Audrey was the romance. Don’t get me wrong, Linus is awesome. Amazing. Inspiring. He supports Audrey through her anxiety and doesn’t disappear when things get tough. He tries, he inspires her to try, and he’s a positive influence in her life. I definitely wish Linus is a real person. However, I just didn’t feel the romance between Audrey and Linus. I felt no sparks, no chemistry, nothing besides friendship vibes between them, which is sad. Even when their relationship got going, I felt no sparks.
I also just couldn’t connect with Finding Audrey. I loved learning more about Audrey’s anxiety disorder, what caused it (it wasn’t exactly explained, but something you concluded from all the hints), and watching her slowly heal from it, but I was also bored reading about it at the same time. Even the sometimes laugh out loud moments didn’t help me feel any less bored for the story. While reading Finding Audrey, a part of my mind couldn’t help but think when will I finish reading this book?
“I hear you.” Mum nods, “I hear you, Frank. I can see your point if view, It’s valid.”
“I don’t have a point of view!” Frank snaps. “And stop sayong ‘I hear you.'”
“Mum read a book,” I tell him. “It’s called How to Talk to Your Teens.” (ARC 140)
I really loved the direction Sophie Kinsella went with dealing with Audrey’s anxiety disorder though. Kinsella managed to include information about what anxiety disorder was and the symptoms of it without using any info-dump or making it feel like she was lecturing you about it. I love how informative Finding Audrey was and how it shines light on anxiety in a positive way.
Overall, although Finding Audrey has its positive points, there were some disappointing aspects in the book too. However, I’m sure Sophie Kinsella fans would adore and love this one!