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Audrey can't leave the house. she can't even take off her dark glasses inside the house.Then her brother's friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again - well, Starbucks is a start.And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she'd thought were too scary. SuddenlyAudrey can't leave the house. she can't even take off her dark glasses inside the house.Then her brother's friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again - well, Starbucks is a start.And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she'd thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.Be prepared to laugh, dream and hope with Audrey as she learns that even when you feel like you have lost yourself, love can still find you . . ....

Title : Finding Audrey
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ISBN : 9780857534583
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Finding Audrey Reviews

  • Emily May
    2019-05-23 04:59

    Sophie Kinsella used to be such a guilty pleasure author for me. I haven't read one of her books in years but I always enjoyed reading about the hilarious, ridiculous and unfortunate situations her shopaholic protagonist found herself in.Finding Audrey, though, could be Kinsella's strongest work to date. It's funny, sweet, heartwarming but also - I felt - an honest look at a teenage girl living with social anxiety.“They talk about “body language,” as if we all speak it the same. But everyone has their own dialect. For me right now, for example, swiveling my body right away and staring rigidly at the corner means, “I like you.” Because I didn’t run away and shut myself in the bathroom. I just hope he realizes that.”One of my favourite things about this book is that it's about one of those families - loud, crazy, often torn apart by arguments, but ultimately very close and loving towards one another. The dynamics Kinsella creates between the members of Audrey's family make this book very funny (and sometimes touching too).Audrey's mother is a neurotic Daily Mail fan who constantly tries to improve her family's lifestyle after reading articles like "The Eight Signs Your Child is Addicted to Computer Games". She's comical, infuriating, but still lovable. Audrey's Dad reluctantly tries to enforce the rules his wife establishes, but he really just wants to keep the peace and watch Downton Abbey. Audrey's older brother Frank is obsessed with a game called LOC (similar to World of Warcraft) and this causes many hilarious arguments with his mum. And then there's Audrey.Audrey is suffering from a severe anxiety disorder. She can hardly bear to leave the house and gets upset whenever Frank's gamer friends come around. However, she does begin to establish a way of communicating through paper notes with one of Frank's friends - Linus. Who, by the way, is so freaking adorable.One of my main concerns when I started this book was that it would turn into another "love cures mental illness" tale. I hate that damaging and untrue message. But, though Linus offers support and friendship to Audrey, the author doesn't allow that message to seep through. Kinsella shows recovery from mental illness as a long process of two steps forward and one step back. Even at the novel's close, Audrey has not been miraculously cured.I liked that. I liked that the book was a good balance of light-hearted silly humour and hard realism. It was really effective.Very enjoyable and touching book.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store

  • Kat O'Keeffe
    2019-04-28 05:59

    This was so funny and cute! Even though this book does deal with some serious topics relating to mental health, I felt it handled those elements very well and managed to stay lighthearted and fun. I really enjoyed the humor, and my initial reaction after finishing this is that I want to read more Sophie Kinsella ASAP! I could've done with some more details about the events that triggered Sophie's anxiety, but the story is less about what happened in the past and more about her current life and family dynamics, so I was still satisfied with what we got.Overall this was a really fun and fast read, and I definitely recommend it, especially if you're looking for a funny narrator, a cute romance, and an eccentric cast of characters!

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    2019-04-25 05:51

    THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD BOOK. I appreciated the fact that it was a light hearted book that still dealt with a serious topic like mental illness and did it in a respectful way! BLESS YOU SOPHIE KINSELLA.

  • Christine Riccio
    2019-05-17 08:01


  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2019-05-17 08:00

    *** EDIT**** If you don't agree with my opinions on this review, you don't have to comment and tell me I'm wrong. JUST SAYIN'. My opinion isn't going to change.I want to be very clear about something, though: I didn't finish this book because of ME. It's a book that makes me uncomfortable and unhappy. But that's just me. It's totally a case of "it's you, not me." So YEAH. I don't believe in reading books that make me awfully unhappy. I DNF'd this at 100-pages.This is a book about social anxiety...written in the most insensitive way EVER. It's a joke. The entire book is a joke. I don't know about you, but I can't do that! I can't read a book that mixes something so devastatingly destroying as mental illness with funky writing. As someone with social anxiety, I just feel this book portrayed it as a joke. It is not a joke.This is what went really wrong for me in the 100-pages I read: + The mother is INSANE. Like, kooky har-har-let's-all-laugh-at-the-mother insane. Not okay. We're mixing a real mental illness (Audrey's anxiety) with the mother's kookiness...for a laugh? I couldn't. I JUST COULDN'T. The mother has this huge vendetta against the older brother, Frank's, computer games. No reason. She just is obsessed with making him not play computer games. And I don't mean off-handedly worried I mean, FREAKING OBSESSED. To the point where the parents go out on a "date" and tell Frank he can't play computer games...but secretly the mother is like peering in the window to make sure he doesn't. She falls into a rose bush. Omg, isn't this funny. NO IT IS NOT. Her obsession disturbed me so so much. + Audrey's weird infatuation with Linus. It has a huge case of insta-love. I also think it misses the point that social anxiety is social. Sure people with SAD (Social anxiety disorder) can have crushes, fall in love, get married, everything! But don't forget that your brain is attacking itself and other people are always a threat. I failed to see how this can just be negated by insta-love after seeing someone a few times. (Plus for the level of SAD Audrey "appears" to have, I feel like a relationship would've made her worse. I seriously hope the book didn't do the "magic cure" with a relationship. But I don't know since I didn't finish it because the whole thing made me sick with it's gross misrepresentation.)So as long as you know this is a COMEDY wrapped up with mental should be okay. I, however, am not. (And seriously, I hate DNF' makes me twitchy to have unfinished books lying around. So this is a big deal for me.) I think this subject is just too close to home for me laugh at it.If you're looking for books that deal with anxiety in a realistic and heartbreaking and perfect way, and don't mock it at all, can I recommend: The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B and The Rest of Us Just Live Here.

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    2019-05-02 08:10

    Update: I reviewed/finished this a few days ago after having read it all in one day but as I sit here and plan the review and think about it more I realize it's not a 3 star read, but more of a 2 star read for me so I have lowered my rating accordingly.***This was okay. I found it didn't really get going for a while and that sometimes the focus was more so on the brother than on Audrey. But overall the writing was good, the characters were alright, so it was just an average read. Didn't love it or hate it.

  • Emma Giordano
    2019-05-07 10:12

    I did enjoy my time with this book, but I feel I did not enjoy it as much as my peers. I have had Finding Audrey on my radar for an immensely long time due to it being one of the only YA books I've found to deal with social anxiety, specifically, and while I was pleased with the mental health rep, I found the majority of the rest of the book to be lacking.The glowing element of this story is absolutely the representation for social anxiety. Audrey is diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder and clinical depression. As someone who has dealt with anxiety and depression for most of my life, I can happily say this book contains an accurate depiction. I love how true of a portrayal this novel is - Social anxiety is not only being afraid to talk on phones, not feeling comfortable in crowds, or having trouble making new friends. It affects all of your interpersonal relationships and makes daily tasks like making eye contact, eating in front of others, or leaving the house almost impossible. (As a note, I've seen a few reviews suggesting Audrey also deals with agoraphobia because she does not leave her home often. As we are given Audrey's official diagnosis in the beginning on the novel and the fact that the fear of leaving her home is not due to a fear of not having an escape in case of disaster but rather her fear of social interaction & judgement from others, I would not consider this book to have representation for agoraphobia, though many who do live with this illness may find some comfort in Audrey's story regardless.) I liked the focus on that an event may have triggered Audrey's anxiety, but it is primarily a chemical imbalance that she has always lived with - it's not only tied to an incident at school. Though this book perfectly displays what it is like to have social anxiety and depression, Audrey is still more than just her illnesses and I feel this book properly showcases the struggle that million of people go through. I also loved that Audrey's treatment was a central theme of the story, and although I'm always unhappy to see YA books demonize the use of medication to treat mental illness, this novel left a strong enough positive message that I can accept it. I've seen a lot of reviews suggest that Audrey recovers "too quickly" which I personally disagree with. I feel this book follows her struggle, her efforts to take control of her anxiety and work past her issues, and ultimate progress. Audrey is in no way "cured" by the end of this novel, she is still struggling despite her improvements and I believe those improvements would be inspiring to make teens in similar situations. If you're looking for a book that deals with social anxiety, I can't recommend Finding Audrey enough.I liked the romance - I don't feel it is anything special, but I was happy to see a supportive love interest that helps the main character in their recovery, yet isn't attributed to as the sole reason they begin to get better. Linus was probably my second favorite character for that reason. I also liked Audrey's brother, Frank, but I don't feel he had a huge contribution to the story. I struggled very hard with Audrey's mother; She is the type of helicopter parent that believes they are doing what is best for their child while simultaneously harming them, and while this is absolutely a real parental role that many teens have to live with, she made the majority of the book extremely unbearable. I don't feel we had enough development on Audrey's father for me to have strong feelings, and apart from being the cute younger brother who acts as comic relief, Felix also isn't a memorable character for me.On the other hand, I didn't love many other aspects of this book. The plot was really lacking - other than it being the story of Audrey dealing with her illnesses, not much happens in this book. I found it very boring at times with a weak driving force. If you are looking for a book with a well-developed plot, I don't believe this is the book for you. I also felt there was too large of a focus on being addicted to video games - At times, it felt as if their mother's obsession with Frank's video game usage overtook the focus on Audrey's story. It wasn't enjoyable and felt gimmicky, making a large portion of the story to be very hard to get through.Additionally, the incident that mostly triggered Audrey's illnesses was never really addressed. We can assume it has something to do with her past classmates and bullying. It is built up to be this huge issue that the school failed to take control of, yet we are never exposed to what it actually is. I understand some authors choose to not include information like this as "the actual event doesn't matter", but it made the book extremely anti-climatic and left me very unsatisfied. It felt lazy and unfinished, I think an actual anecdote about what happened would have strengthened the story.Overall, I'm very pleased I read this book because of the mental health rep, but I can't find any other notable elements of praise. If you're looking for books with social anxiety, I think it's worth giving a shot. If you're not, I'm sure you'd find more enjoyment in a different read.

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-05-17 10:16

    Sophie Kinsella did it again. Earlier this week, I read and disliked ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS. I thought it was because the main character was lethargic, which was mostly due to her social anxiety, but so is Audrey. She’s an observer also—very calm, stays inside, interacts little—and I loved the hell out of her voice. Something bad happened to Audrey at her last school, so now she wanders around the house aimlessly. Her doctor tells her to make a video documenting her life, family, recovery, which helps her interact with others and herself. Another new key element in her life is her brother’s new friend to whom she took a liking. I loved the humour. I was so scared it would be similar to WHERE DID YOU GO, BERNADETTE, which is a tragicomedy also, with an isolated protagonist who disappears. But unlike the title suggests, this isn’t a book about the literal definition of finding Audrey. More like the metaphorical one. The characters are very interesting. It revolves around Audrey’s family and Audrey herself. All family members are fully fleshed out, from overly eager little Felix to obsessive stay-at-home Mom. In ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS, Eliza preferred to stay away from her family. She thought of them as an annoyance. I found that extremely irking. Audrey may not necessarily approve of everything her family does—she definitely disfavours the drama—but her affection toward them is obvious to the reader nonetheless. A very addictive novel with entertaining characters and sweet romance. Job well done. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  • Natalie Monroe
    2019-05-17 04:04

    4.5 stars"Life is all about climbing up, slipping down, and picking yourself up again. And it doesn't matter if you slip down. As long as you're kind of heading more or less upwards. That's all you can hope for. More or less upward."Sophie Kinsella is on my auto-buy list. Her books are like literary sunshine. They're sweet, heartwarming, and never fail to coax a laugh out of me.Finding Audrey is no exception—with a twist. The critical reader in me hates it. At the beginning of the book, Audrey needs to wear sunglasses and can't leave the house because of her anxiety. When a stranger walks into her room, she immediately has a panic attack:"My chest is starting to rise in panic. Tears have already started to my eyes. My throat feels frozen. I need to escape. I need-- I can't--"But halfway through, with no loved ones by her side, she's able to make the 20-minute walk from her house to Starbucks. Busy, bustling Starbucks with its lines and irritable screenplay writers hogging seats.Can you guess how Audrey does it? Yup, you guessed it:Motherfucking love. Because love is the answer to everything. We don't need no food or money as long as we have love! Love can solve mental illness because fuck reality.Now I'm even more mad at this book because it made me look up Justin Bieber gifs.Linus, the love interest, feels like a Maniac Pixie Dream Boy. His romantic interest in Audrey has no base. They meet a handful of times in which Audrey flees from him like a startled deer and exchange a few cute notes and then he's utterly head over heels for her. Let's be realistic: being in a romantic relationship with a mentally ill person is a lot of work, especially since Audrey's anxiety is quite severe. I'm not saying it's not possible or they don't deserve happily ever afters, but the way it's presented in this book makes me cringe. Black Iris does a fantastic job of charting the highs and lows of falling in love with a bipolar person, while Finding Audrey sugarcoats it.That aside, I enjoy the overall message that anxiety is not something that can be footed in a day. It takes time and hard work and often, one step forward results in two steps backward. Kinsella accurately demonstrates how anxiety can weigh on familial relationships, which is lovely.Let's not forget the humor:Dad (Voice-over): A PARTY? Are you serious?Mom: Why not? It would be fun. We used to throw him some lovely parties. Dad: When he was EIGHT. Anne, do you know what teenage parties are like? What if they knife each other and have sex on the trampoline?Basically, my thoughts towards Finding Audrey can be summed up in one Taylor Swift gif:I know I shouldn't, but I love it anyway.Pre-review: An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life.Damn, Kinsella foraying into YA and writing about a serious subject at the same time?

  • Lindsey Rey
    2019-05-13 04:11

    Sophie Kinsella does it again! If you want a great mental health book, THIS. IS. IT. So therapy and medication positive, along with being positive in general, I love it!

  • Ryan
    2019-04-28 10:53

    "The trouble is, depression doesn't come with handy symptoms like spots and a temperature, so you don't realize it at first. You keep saying "I'm fine" to people when you're not fine. You think you should be fine. You keep saying to yourself: "Why aren't I fine?"This is going to be one long-ass review, everyone.Let me just preface this by saying one reason why I love this book so much is because of how personal the topic is to me. Some of this review will be a ramble-y description of my experiences with anxiety (which I will put in a spoiler tag at the very end). "To put you out of your misery, here's the full diagnosis: Social Anxiety Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, and Depressive Episodes.Episodes. Like depression is a sitcom with a fun punch line each time. Or a TV box set loaded with cliffhangers. The only cliffhanger in my life is "Will I ever get rid of this shit?" and believe me, it gets pretty monotonous.Finding Audrey is a book that I didn't expect to love as much as I did. I was expecting a typical mental illness contemporary, where the MC has something "wrong" with them, meets some love interest, is miraculously cured, and then goes to make-out or have sex, or whatever the fuck with their insta-lover. This was nothing like that. This was a humourous, hard-hitting story about the realities of living with a mental illness. Not the romanticized, bullshit versions authors keep putting out. Can we just take a moment to appreciate the accurate portrayal of anxiety and mental illness here? Like:"Eye contact is a big deal. It's the biggest deal. Just the thought makes me sick, right down to my core.I know in my rational head that that eyes are not frightening. They're tiny little harmless blobs of jelly. They're, like, a minuscule fraction of our whole body area. We all have them. So why should they bother me? But I've had a lot of time to think about this, and if you ask me, most people underestimate eyes. For a start, they're powerful...They're like vortexes, too. They're infinite. You look someone straight in the eye and your whole soul can be sucked out in a nanosecond. That's what it feels like. Other people's eyes are limitless and that's what scares me."And:"It's all my fault, my stupid, stupid fault...My thoughts are speeding up and my pace is speeding up too, and I'm pulling at my arms, pulling at the flesh of my forearms, trying to...I don't know.. I don't understand it. I glance in the mirror and flinch at my own wild stare. I can feel a weird sparking all over my body, like I'm more alive than I should be, like my body is over-loaded with life force. Can you have too much life stuffed into one body? Because that's what this feels like. And everything's too fast. My heart, my thoughts, my feet, my clawing arms..."I applaud you, Sophie Kinsella."I'll do anything. I'll stack the dishwasher. I'll phone Grandma every night. I'll..." He casts wildly about. "I'll read to deaf people."Read to deaf people? Can he actually hear what he's saying?"Even though this book deals with such a heavy topic, it is still incredibly funny. I'm a fairly easy person to make laugh, so I don't know how credible my word is, but I found this book nothing short of hilarious."Parents have this way of asking really dumb, obvious questions.Are you going out in that skirt?No, I'm planning to take it off as soon as I get out of the front door.Do you think that's a good idea?No, I think it's a terrible idea, that's why I'm doing it.Are you listening to me?Your voice is a hundred decibels, I can hardly avoid it."Audrey's family is another thing I loved. Her anti-video game mom, her lovably naive little brother, her clueless father, and her video game obsessed brother were absolutely wonderful. Not only in their endless support of Audrey, but in their dynamic. They seemed like a real family. Hell, they kind of seemed like my family, and in more ways than one."I've gone up a level. That's the only way I can describe it. (...) Yes, I've had one bad episode, but I didn't sink quite as low. Things weren't quite as dark."Linus and Audrey *fangirls* They're so fucking cute. I loved how Linus wasn't the cure-all end-all to Audrey's anxiety. Sure, he helped a bit, but meeting him didn't "save her life." She helped herself, with the aid of her family and therapist. Even in the end, Audrey's not 100% fine, and that's okay. No one's fine, really, if you think about it. After all, "I'm not okay, you're not okay, and that's okay." - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross"I guess Mum was right about the jagged graphs thing. We're all on one. Even Frank. Even Mum. Even Felix. I think what I've realized is, life is all about climbing up, slipping down, and picking yourself up again. And it doesn't matter if you slip down. As long as you're kind of heading more or less upwards. That's all that you can hope for. More or less upwards."(view spoiler)[(This could possibly be very soppy and cliche, but what else would you expect from me?)My experience with anxiety: This is probably the easiest and hardest thing I've ever had to write. Easy, I know exactly what I want to write. Hard, because what I want to write involves sharing a very personal part of my life with hundreds of strangers on the Internet. So. Here goes nothing:When I was very little, I was one of the shyest kids out there. I wouldn't talk much to new people. I was the kid sitting quietly on the swings, book in hand, while the other kids my age ran around the playground, screaming and yelling at the top of their lungs. It wasn't until I started Preschool that I was able to break out of my shell. From that day on, I was the one of the loud kids. I was friends with everyone. I preformed in my city's theatre program. I dreamed of one day becoming a singer and auditioning for America's Got Talent. I wanted to do everything, see everything.But despite all of that, I was a very anxious kid. Overly-anxious. No one really noticed then - I didn't even notice myself. But I can remember all of my irrational fears, how long it would take me to calm down once I was scared, and how the smallest, most insignificant things would affect me greatly.This never really became a problem until I was 13. Things happened to me. Not horrid, awful things, but things that impacted me enough to make me revert back to my old ways. My grandpa died. My dad moved out. My grades started slipping. People that I thought were my friends quickly turned on me. I remember my first panic attack like most would remember their first kiss. I couldn't breathe, I couldn't think, I couldn't speak. All I could do was sit there, shaking, as tears streamed down my face, and my heart pounded in my ears, and my breath came in shallow gasps. I didn't know what was happening to me. I though I was dying. (But, then again, every time I felt even remotely under the weather, I thought I was dying.) Somehow, it passed. I tried to move on, but I couldn't get that day out of my mind. Slowly, after a while, I began to experience these things more often. I retreated from the world, and I had started to go out less and less. I developed a fear of cameras, airplanes, social media, spiders, germs, the ocean, people - you name a fear, and chances are, I probably had it. I started to cover all of my cameras with tape. I couldn't look people in the eyes when I spoke to them. I didn't leave the house for weeks, sometimes months on end. Panic attacks became a regular thing, and it wasn't uncommon for me to have one once, twice, maybe even three times a week. I was seeing a therapist, but that wasn't doing much. I didn't want to get better. I wanted to hide. Sometimes, on very bad days, I thought the world would be better off without me. During all of this, reading was my only solace. Books weren't judgmental. Books didn't turn on you. They contained whole worlds for me to run to.I continued living like this for years, until only recently - when I stumbled upon this little site called Goodreads. A social media platform for people who loved books. This sounded like an actual paradise to me. I had to join. The only problem was, that involved starting an account. A social media account. Something I had avoided like the plague for years. Just the thought made my heart beat faster, and my breath catch. But I was tired of living like this, scared of everything, and everyone. I clicked "sign-up." At first, I vowed to only use my account to find new books. I wouldn't comment anything, I wouldn't follow anyone. And I sure as hell wasn't going to friend anyone.That worked for maybe two weeks. One day, out of the blue, I got two friend requests. I was so taken aback, I shut off my laptop, and had a mini-panic attack in the corner of my room. But my therapist was always telling me to take small risks, and to broaden my horizons. So I accepted the friend requests. I started commenting things. I started reviewing books. This progress wasn't just limited to my online life. I started going out more. I started talking to new people. I had some bad episodes, yes, and I had some minor setbacks, but I wasn't going to let that stop me. Just recently, I uncovered my phone's back camera. Then the front camera. And holy shit, did it scare me. But it thrilled me, too. I did it. I looked a camera in the eye and said, "I'm not afraid of you."Even now, with all the progress I've made, I'm not fully cured. I still have trouble maintaining eye contact. My laptop camera is still covered. I still haven't really gone "out" out. A week ago, I had one of the worst panic attacks I've had in months. But afterwards, I didn't feel so bad. I got back up. I'm on a jagged graph myself, just like Audrey.I owe a lot to the first two people who friend requested me (I can't even remember their names, and honestly, I feel terrible about it.) Even though they didn't know it, they gave me that little push I needed to start again.If any of you are in the same, or similar boat as me, do not be afraid to message me. I know it's scary talking to a complete stranger about your problems. But it may make you feel better. It did for me. 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  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    2019-05-11 05:02

    Adorable alert!And I’m not even talking about the romance because although there may be a little romance, it’s not really romance-romance. It’s still more about friendship. You’ll understand what I mean (although I still would have better appreciated it had the main characters been a bit older) when you read the book. The novel made me laugh so much from the first page till the very end. I enjoyed everything about it which is a wonderful surprise because this is a story about a girl (Audrey) diagnosed with SAD aka Social Anxiety Disorder and it’s supposed to be depressing or just sad but because the story focuses on how Audrey conquers her depression which becomes less of a challenge everyday with a loving (even though chaotic), hilarious family and a very helpful, cute boy called Linus behind her every step of the way, the overall tone of the story is really light and comfy and the message very inspiring too. The creative writing format is also a huge contributor to the overall bright and positive impact of the novel.More than anything, it’s the perfect picture of a regular mess of a family (complete with a 14 year old queen of overreaction who always wears a pair of dark glasses, a computer game 15 year old addict but a real genius called Frank, the cutest, fluffy four year old boy Felix, a loud, overly involved, hyper mom and a handsome but comic dad who always agrees with the hyper mom) that I loved the most about the novel.Stereotypes much? Maybe, but they don’t make the story less true! This is too cute! The contemporary references, the hilarious parent-child confrontations/battles, everything is just so current and spot on! Sophie Kinsella is an expert on teenagers and the crises that both parents and teens confront during this formidable stage in a person’s life. You can’t help but adore the way the subject was tackled and how it impresses upon the reader that everyone goes through a state of depression. But as in any case, we have a choice and when our choices are steered by how they will affect the people we love, we’re usually guaranteed to choose for the better. Quote highlight:“Eyes are like vortexes. They’re infinite. You look someone straight in the eye and your whole soul can be sucked out in a nano-second.”Thanks to my young and sweet friend Ricah for her lovely review that inspired me to read the book. Also, happy birthday, young one! Enjoy your special day! <3

  • Riley
    2019-05-25 07:00


  • Whitney Atkinson
    2019-05-15 10:08

    I'm impressed with how much I enjoyed this! I've heard so much praise about Sophie Kinsella's writing, and I adored it! It's very reminiscent of The Fault in our Stars with the entire sassy "omg whatever" teenager type narration, a sarcastic YA trope that I thought I was hate but ended up actually chuckling at a couple of times. The characters in this book were phenomenal. Audrey's family is hilarious and every character was so well-written and real; I adored them all even though everyone had their own quirks! But Audrey's anxiety disorder rubbed me the wrong way. The book says that a certain event at school triggered it, but it never told us what that event was. There was a huge build-up and never a reveal of what happened. The aftermath was so severe, I'm having trouble putting together the pieces of what happened. Furthermore, I'm baffled that she is able to recover so quickly and spontaneously as soon as she and Linus become friends. I've heard people complain about this book saying anxiety can't be fixed by a relationship, and I have to agree. I think her recovery was too quick-- and the pace of this book just went too fast in general; there was a very unrealistic jump from "omg don't enter the same room as me" to "omg let's make out." I'm just left confused because i'm not entirely sure what disorder she had, why, and how she was able to recover so quickly. Nevertheless, I'm excited to try other Sophie Kinsella books that don't butcher mental health issues.

  • Kat Kennedy
    2019-05-22 09:14

    The story is about Audrey who suffers from Social Anxiety Disorder. Audrey is convalescing at home after a particularly bad episode brought on by some bullying at school when Linus enters her life and helps to drag her out of her cage.At least, that’s what the blurb would have you think. But the truth is it’s Audrey, her doctor and a bit of prodding from Linus that really sees Audrey on the path to recovery – and for someone who keeps dark glasses on and can’t stand to speak to anyone outside her family, that path is very, very steep.Where this book really shines is Audrey’s family and their day-to-day interactions. Believe me when I say they are hysterically funny and add a much needed character and charm to the story.It’s heartwarming, sweet and very readable with good writing and a solidly paced story.Get into it, people!This is just a short review since I did a video review of it. But I'm not going to tell you where because it's horrible.

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    2019-05-07 07:55

    Watch my video review or read on for the written review :) you so much to Doubleday Children's for sending me this book! I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book! At first I was so excited for it because it sounded perfect for me because when I was Audrey's age, I had actually gone through something freakishly similar to her in this book! But then again, I had issues with it that I was hoping wouldn't arise but unfortunately I couldn't ignore. I'll start off by saying that a lot of things about Audrey and this book were so similar to me that I was freaking out a little bit. Like, Sophie Kinsella, did you steal my diary from when I was 14 or what? When I was 14, I was bullied and had a really rough time in high school, so much so that I couldn't go to school, or even leave my own house (all of which happens to Audrey). I also developed a relationship with a boy who helped me greatly and moved schools (like Audrey plans to do). IS THAT NOT FREAKY? Anyway, Sophie Kinsella's writing style is great because it reads like one of those comedy tv shows and it also contains film scripts and notes that speed up and enhance the reading experience! Moving on to the many things that I had issues with: - The fact that you never find out what happened in detail to cause her anxiety to dictate her mind. - The unrealistic and stereotyped parental figures. Her mother was the typical "video games are bad for you and you need to play outside because that's what I did when I was younger" except exaggerated TIMES A THOUSAND. Her father was a classic 'always on his blackberry and never hears what his wife says and just agrees with everything she says' kinda guy and I found them to be REALLY unrealistic. I mean, I'm sure there are parents out there that are like this, but to the extent where I found myself questioning how exaggerated these stereotypes were was ridiculous.- The insta-love. Now, I understand that at Audrey's age, you get into a relationship and you're telling each other you love them straight away (I know, because I did that too. Oh how silly I was!) but I thought it was a bit strange that one minute Audrey was having such bad anxiety that she couldn't look him in the eye or even face him and the next minute they're making out? It just didn't make that much sense to me, especially coming from someone who has experienced severe anxiety at that age and throughout my entire life.It had its cute moments but I wouldn't recommend it. I really wish I could have loved it :(

  • Grace (BURTSBOOKS)
    2019-04-26 05:06

    This is the worst book I’ve ever read. Okay, objectively I know that I’ve read much worse books. The writing and plot of this book are not the worst I’ve ever read and it’s readable unlike some other books I’ve read but I didn’t hate those as much as I hate this. I hate this book. And yes, I know hate is a strong word and I shouldn’t waste my energy on hating a book when that energy could go to reading books that I will end up loving but this book hurt me. This book offended me so deeply and there’s no other word to use. I hate it. I hate the way it’s made me feel. Finding Audrey is about a girl who is so crippled by her anxiety that she can’t leave her house. She hasn’t been to school in months because of extenuating circumstances, hasn’t talked to any of her classmates or friends, can’t even look her family members in the eye… until she meets her brother’s friend, Linus and then she magically gets better…. Or something. I really thought I was going to relate to this book. Tragically, I was recommended this book by my therapist, who I was seeing for anxiety…. So, yeah, I was expecting this book to be good rep and hopefully give me some sort of comfort and a story to look to for hope when my anxiety got the best of me. I didn’t get that. This book is a sorry excuse for representation and I can not believe how atrociously the author handled this topic. I think it goes without saying that the ‘boy fixes girl’ trope is over done and highly problematic and just unrealistic. Not to mention in this book it makes absolutely no sense. It all happens so fast; you can’t even call what Audrey goes through development. The plot progression is stilted and the character development suffers because of it. For example, one minute, Audrey can’t talk to Linus at all, doesn’t want him in the house and has to write notes in order to speak to him and the next they’re making out. I’m not joking, on the same exact page she can’t look at him and then one paragraph later they are swapping spit. Or, she can’t leave the house and then she’s going to Starbucks. Granted she does panic over this. The whole way to Starbucks she’s panicking and then we get to Starbucks and she can easily talk to the barista without so much as a batted eye…. I don’t get it. Or even better, Linus tells her to go talk to random people at Starbucks and she just does it…? And then feels better afterwards and can do it again and again. I’m sorry but that’s not how anxiety works. Just because you manage to do something that causes you anxiety once doesn’t mean the anxiety goes away the next time you try to do it… it’s always there and portraying it as this thing that can be so easily overcome is really insensitive. Not to mention, we don’t get to know Linus at all. I’m not kidding, I couldn’t even tell you if he has any siblings. All we know is that he plays video games and he’s Audrey’s brothers friend. His literal only purpose is to “fix” Audrey. He’s only there to kiss her and tell her to talk to random people and congratulations, she’s cured. I really don’t understand why people like this book…. Not only is it terrible representation, it’s just not interesting and the writing is bland. Yes, this is just my opinion and you can like what you like but why? So yeah. I wish I never read this book. Even though I understand that this book is unrealistic and wrong, it really pains me that a lot of people younger than me will go into this book expecting representation and a form of hope and come out with 1) an unrealistic expectation that one person can cure you 2) an even more unrealistic expectation that recovery will be fast and seamless. This is just so so wrong. 1) Romance is already so toxic in a lot of media forms and the idea that a romantic interest (in this case, like most cases, a man) can fix something as ingrained as anxiety is a terrifying and damaging idea to be perpetuating to young girls. 2) Anxiety, like all mental illness, is life long struggle and it doesn’t just go away. Our anxieties will always be there, they are a part of life but as we recover, we learn how to deal with our anxieties more and I wish YA authors understood this better. Just once I want a book about a realistic recovery. I want to read about a character learning how to live their best life and learning ways to deal with their mental illness in healthy and careful ways… I don’t want to read about someone being fixed by some dude. I want them to learn how to help themselves and in turn help readers learn to help themselves.

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    2019-04-30 04:10

    Okay, first : I love Kinsella's works (thought it was important to say write). Now, her books are the first ones I read in English, so, you know, I might need to reread them some day (I mean duh. I'm not a language snowflake). Anyway : Kinsella? She gets my humor. I mean not me me, but you get it right? Her books make me laugh. They're refreshing. Like candies. Okay, maybe not like candies - Well, let's say that they put me in the Kinsella bubble. What is it? Just look, it's just like life, but it's fun : Because what I love even more in them is the undercurrent of reality they hide behind the laughs. This is something that works for me, because I'm not (well, rarely) a full-angst girl. I just can't. I read a book filled with angst and I just want to bang my head on the wall you know? So, Kinsella? Perfect. I know that some readers found shocking that she could deal with such a heavy issue - Audrey's anxiety disorder - in a funny way. I'm not, not one bit, because it stays respectful. Full of empathy. Honest. True. And it shows something that I find necessary : people aren't their disorder. They're not entirely defined by it. Yes, it's important. Audrey suffers from an anxiety disorder : she can neither leave the house nor stare into people's eyes. Actually I'm with her on this : eyes scare me too. I mean, she does have a point : when you look carefully at people you give them the power and the means to stare back. I hate when strangers stare right into my eyes. I'm not shy or anxious. My eyes are just my personal space. Leave it. I also hate when people I don't know touch me. Like for real. Did you need to touch my arm to ask me what time is it? Hell no you didn't. It's not that I don't like people - I'm comfortable enough - but I like my personal space more. Anyway. Audrey. I loved her. She was witty, realistic and relatable. She made me laugh and yeah, tear out a bit at some point. Even if it's not always easy, she fights, she never gives up and I loved that about her. For me, she's brave. ► It's not a secret that I love family dynamics when they're done well. SPOILER ALERT : They are. Every member of the family is flawed but so endearing and supportive, I spent such a great time following them. ● Felix made me miss my Kindergarten teaching years : 4 years old is such a great age. Really. They're happy all the time (except when they're not, but then, it's short). ● Frank the gamer : I feel you. Go explain to people that no, gaming doesn't make you crazy. Sigh. He completely won me with his witty comments. ● By the way, I'm so going to throw this book at my mum. Yes, kindly (is that what you think of me? Come on). Indeed Audrey's mum Daily Mail obsession cracked me up, and yes, I can relate. Here's how our mother-daughter phone calls go : Mum : Have you bought curcuma/vitamines/royal jelly/magical product as I told you? Anna : [awkward silence when I try to remember why the fuck I'm supposed to buy that] Hmm not yet (I mean, come on) Mum : But you need it! There's plenty of [add some information about how it's gonna boost my health] in it. I saw this [show/paper/documentary] the other day and [add some descriptions about how freaking amazing this stuff is]Anna : Okay. I'll do it. (not really)Two days laterMum : Have you bought [add magical product sub-mentioned] as I told you?Anna : Yes (not really)Mum : I'm sure you're already feeling better right?Anna : I guess. So, [add some topic changer - You name it. Any word, really]I love my mum. But yeah, that's kind of exhausting. And the magnesium. OMG, the magnesium. But reading about this kind of character? Hilarious. Mum, I'm writing a book about you (not really).Love interest? Adorable. Smile-inducing. I have no idea why I'm writing one-word sentences. I might be lazy. Major information : he write notes. End of story. Just a thing : Linus? What's this name? I kept thinking "Linux" and that was just so weird *shakes head* ● I already stated that I loved when authors used different writing formats and lucky me! Kinsella does it all the time : messages, notes, movie script : I eat that stuff, andFinding Audrey was right up my alley. ● Oh, and - the dialogues are fantastic and feel real. Hilarious. I know, I have to stop using that word. Someday (not when I talk about Kinsella)► Let's have a little brainstorming okay? (God. I hate that word. My fellow French use it all the freaking time for no reason. Hello, remue-méninges, you people) That's it. Is that really a brainstorming? Fuck if I know (in fact I do. It's not. Not really. I mean. Who cares?) "I think what I've realized is, life is all about climbing up, slipping down, and picking yourself up again. And it doesn't matter if you slip down. As long as you're kind of heading more or less upwards. That's all you can hope for. More or less upwards."Such a great journey to follow. And sorry for the messy review but I did warn you didn't I?For more of my reviews, please visit:

  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    2019-05-12 08:08

    3,5-4 STARS What a sweet, funny and fast paced story! I loved the Shopaholic series,even thought I have read only the first three books I enjoyed all of them and I was excited to see a new book from her which was so different This is a young adult book where she covers sensitive subjects such as anxiety disorder, addiction with computers and bullying.This story is about Audrey,a fifteen year old girl suffering from anxiety disorder after an experience of school bullying that has led her to going to therapy. Now she stays at home and interferes with her family and her therapist as she tries to regain her confidence! She will meet her brother's friend Linus a funny boy, who will help her live again.Audrey the main character is cute and funny!I liked her and I felt sorry for her and what she had been through!There was a little bit of romance in this and it was sweet!I really liked Linus,I loved the messages he wrote with Aubrey they were cute and I like that he helped Audrey to overcome her anxiety.Her family is so unique and funny! I loved their hilarious interactions.I truly enjoyed this book !I can’t wait to see more books in this genre from Sophie Kinsella!!Arc provided via Netgalley for an honest review!

  • Chantal(Every Word A Doorway)
    2019-05-14 03:10

    There are two things I think we can all agree on when it comes to books dealing with mental health:1) We want more of them because it is such an important issue and isn’t talked about enough2) Mental health books will ALWAYS be polarizingThere are two reasons for the second point:a) A book deals with the heavy issue in a very serious manner and appears to be quite “dark”b) The author decides to take a more humorous approach and pairs a heavy topic such as mental health with a writing style and story that is more fluffyWhich of these you prefer completely depends on your personal interpretation of a book and your experience with the topic that the story is dealing with. In my opinion, both choices are equally valid, as long as the author stays respectful. In Finding Audrey, Sophie Kinsella chose to take route b and for me personally this worked very well. I found the novel to be heartfelt and charming, at times funny, at others poignant and always honest. It is a feel-good novel that will make you laugh out loud; certainly fluffy and light but never offensive. The story follows 14-year-old Audrey who suffers from severe social anxiety which results in her not being able to leave the house or interact with anyone outside of her immediate family. She constantly wears sunglasses (even inside her own house) because making eye contact with people triggers panic attacks. Interestingly, it isn’t a story about bullying or what caused her to feel this way, but instead it focuses on healing and recovery. All the characters in this novel were delightful. Audrey’s family was so lovable and realistic, kind of crazy at times but that made them even more relatable. The family dynamics were extremely well done and Audrey was a great protagonist. Being inside her head was fun while still giving some insight into the thoughts of someone who is suffering from an anxiety disorder “I’ve come to think of my lizard brain as basically a version of Felix. It’s totally random and makes no sense and you can’t let it run your life. If we let Felix run our lives, we’d all wear superhero costumes all day long and eat nothing but ice-cream. But if you try to fight Felix, all you get is wails and screams and tantrums, and it all gets more and more stressy. So the thing is to listen to him with half an ear and nod your head and then ignore him and do what you want to do. Same with the lizard brain.”If you are looking for a novel that teaches you about anxiety disorders this is not it. You will not learn a huge amount, but you will enjoy the ride. There is a romance in here but fortunately it really takes the backseat. It isn’t a book that tells us that you need a boyfriend/girlfriend to become healthy. Instead, Linus offers his friendship and supports Audrey but he certainly doesn’t solve all her problems. Another thing I loved about the novel was how well therapy and progress was portrayed. It was a very therapy positive book and I loved how it was made clear that progress isn’t a straight line upwards, but instead you will have setbacks and it is up to you how you want to proceed from there. I really enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it to everyone. It is a very quick and easy read that will leave you with a smile on your face.

  • HFK
    2019-05-18 04:10

    I haven't been reading young adult literature for a very long time. I hardly ever read it when I was its target audience, and I have only had the pleasure to explore it the past couple of years, naturally way past my expiration date for such reads. Well, at least that is what "they" (bad people) say.What I have learned is how young adult genre is the real shit when comes to dealing with difficult but important subjects. In many ways I feel as if it does and succeeds better at it than most adult fiction trying to do the same. It often feels as if the filters are off, which in all its contents is a bit weird observation to make. But I am not complaining, on the contrary. But what I have also noticed is how young adult literature is one of the most "monitored" reading genre there is. There seems to be strict guidelines how to write to the uh-oh children. You are required to write about the "important stuff" but you have to respect good morals, good values, be sensitive and respectful, be a teacher, and heaven's forbid if you decide to give yourself liberties with heartbreaking subjects, serious subjects, and offer a story with same freedom as the adult fiction has, your book is dead. It is so dead you can't beat the shit out of it. And here comes the, very much still alive, Finding Audrey. A book that in all odds should be dead and buried because it makes two cardinal sins: it writes about mental health problems with extraordinary wit, humor and sometimes offending manners (I assume the last part because people are always offended by something, so I feel brave to give out this bet) and brings a love interest, a boy, into the picture. Oh, book. How did you survive from this multiple offense and no-no's?Well, at least it is not like that damn John Green who romanticized death (because death is super serious subject and it is suitable to do with certain unnamed (but point is, it is not John Green's way) style. I guess this is not a good time to tell how many suicide jokes I have done couple of past weeks after losing my best friend, my soulmate to one? Oh well, good thing about laughter is, it makes me NOT to forget how to actually fucking breath).Rollin' and trollin', rollin' and trollin'. I am like this because my mommy never monitored my reading, and did not offer only age suitable reading (to my kids: you can quote me on this, I ain't monitoring your readings either. You can freely blame me afterwards, I did it, it was me, your mommy) to my precious and delicate mind. Oh yeah, back to Finding Audrey. This is highly entertaining, sometimes a lot of LOL's offering book about the devastating social anxiety that can trap one inside the house, stop one having social contacts and a life, stuff that can eventually lead even to a suicide. You know the drill. It also writes too funny about controlling mother whose only way to live is to have a mission with her kids. About a dad who tries to tackle between a hysteric wife, sunglasses wearing daughter and a son that is strongly addicted to video games, which I still think would be a good career option.It also writes too good and funny about our addiction to technology, how it rules our lives. It is too witty when telling how we as adults have too many double standards, and are unable to really communicate with our children, the next generation. It also writes against the women's power of coping by themselves by offering a boy that helps a girl to make herself heal. Ouch. I am not really sure how this book dares to cross so many lines, and what will the children think and do when reading this kind of trope trap???? I recon, in my not so humble opinion, just fucking fine.This was my first Sophie Kinsella. An author I have avoided like a plague (no offensive to anyone who is suffering or has been traumatized over plague) due to the overwhelming chick-lit reputation. My bad, really. I should know better by now. I have learned my lesson, this will not be my last Kinsella albeit it very well could be. Sometimes it is wise to stop when entering to the near perfection-zone, and stop pushing the limits.Thanks book, I breathed through all of its +200 pages.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-19 02:56

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Penguin Random House UK Children’s and NetGalley.)“To put you out of your misery, here’s the full diagnosis. Social Anxiety Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder and Depressive Episodes. Episodes. Like depression is a sitcom with a fun punchline.”This was a cute story a girl suffering from an anxiety disorder, and her crazy mother!I liked Audrey in this story and I felt really sorry for her. What she had been through had obviously been traumatic, and being unable to even look at people without panicking was really limiting for her. “But I think it’s time, Audrey. I think you can do it. Call it project Starbucks.”Starbucks? Is she kidding?Tears have started to my eyes. My blood is pulsing in panic. I can’t go to Starbucks. I can’t.The storyline in this was really funny! Audrey’s mother was quite crazy about the possibility of Audrey’s brother Frank being addicted to video games, and went to ridiculous lengths to try and stop him from playing. I loved Audrey’s take on her mother’s addiction to The Daily Mail, and the way this book made me laugh!“I’ll do anything. I’ll stack the dishwasher. I’ll phone Grandma every night. I’ll…” He casts about wildly. “I’ll read to deaf people.”There was a little bit of romance in this, and it was quite sweet! I really liked Linus, and he really helped Audrey to overcome her anxiety.“Had to give you this before I go.” For a few moments I don’t dare read it. But at last I open it up and stare at the words inside. My head is prickling all over with disbelief. My breath is jumpy as it read it. He wrote that. He wrote that. To me.“It’s a kiss.”The ending to this was pretty good, and I liked that we got a happy ending.7 out of 10

  • emily
    2019-05-13 06:10

    i'm physically crying because i loved this so much. will 100% have a full review up soon

  • Maram
    2019-05-09 07:59

    "But what I've learned is not to fight my lizard brain, but kind of tolerate it. Listen to it and then say, 'Yeah, whatever.' Just like you tolerate a four-year-old." This is only my second novel from Sophie Kinsella. I read I've Got Your Number about 3 summers ago and I absolutely loved it!Finding Audrey is a much shorter contemporary read that's super cute and has the ability to lift your mood. The writing is simple yet it also has a charm appeal to it as I found myself occasionally smiling. This novel not only centers around Audrey but also her family, so I'm very happy that it took that direction because I haven't read many contemporaries of that sort. I also really really loved Audrey's brother, Frank. Frank is awesome. Frank will get you tongue-tied. Frank is just that awesome. "I'm talking about the children,", says Mum at last. "I'm talking about the future generation. They should be reading books." "Oh, good." Dad exhales in relief. "Because whatever else I do in my life, I'm finishing The Killing.""Are you kidding? We have to finish The Killing," Mum agrees.If you're looking for something quick, funny, and heartwarming, then give this one a try :)

  • Christine Delilah (Maramochabooks)
    2019-05-09 05:57

    *read full review to see what this book inspired me to do(because I'm that awkward)... or you know scroll down*“It won’t be forever. You’ll be in the dark for as long as it takes and then you’ll come out.” Having developed an anxiety disorder and no longer able to leave the house and make eye contact, recovery comes slow. Audrey likes to block out the world and her fears by wearing her sunglasses. Living in a her own box, the chances of finding herself again are drifting out of view. Until along comes Linus, her brothers gaming partner, but also the one who pushes Audrey towards recovery. Not only does she make progress, she also develops a relationship with him. A novel about the challenges and repercussions of actions along with psychological knowledge. Finding Audrey tells a tale of not only teens with anxiety disorder, but youth in general. Plot:9/10Characters:7/10Message:10/10Pace:7/10 (general)Delivery:8/10I'd like to think that this book depicts anxiety disorders pretty accurately. Having had social anxiety myself I can tell you that Audrey’s reactions/feelings in social situations aren't exaggerated. I feel that we can all connect to her in a way. For example when she feels that everyone is judging her/speaking of her, most teens I think can agree with this. When you're younger it feels like everything revolves around you. You're the bigger picture. Despite the title of the book, Audrey isn't the only star. There's also Frank, Audrey's brother, who in a way is a video game addict. His character also develops throughout the story. Then there's Audrey's parents. You'll be able to see how her anxiety disorder affects everyone around her. Anxiety isn't the only mental illness that is dealt with here, depression is also handled. This read is a good balance of light and honest, thanks to the personality of the characters. As we all know all books aren't for everyone. If you can't in some way relate to Audrey then you will probably find this novel to be of bore to you. The description of this book claims its a blend of comedy, but if you're planning on reading for the comedy alone, don't. Though there is comedy it's hidden between what the story is truly about. I think when you read this really makes a difference... it did in my case.Here's what this book inspired me to do:(back when I read this) I went on vacation to this resort (which is were I read this). While there, I saw another young woman my age. I made it my goal to talk to her, but of course because of my awful anxiety I couldn't get near her. Everyone is shy when it comes to talking to new people, I wish that was just the case with me. I couldn't breathe and almost had an anxiety attack in public. So, me very inspired by this book sent her a note explaining why I couldn't go up to her in person. After sending the note (through hotel staff) she approached me. Long story short, we became friends. This was the highlight of my vacation and I have Sophie Kinsella to thank. Update:I'd like to think that I've fully recovered from my social anxiety which had developed due to circumstances as well, but I do still see glimpses of it when I'm in crowded environments. Now that I am more mature and confident it's less and less of that feeling of dread. If anything I look forward to going out more and dressing up.

  • Irena
    2019-04-28 03:51

    4,5 stars!Once again, Sophie Kinsella reminded me why am I still so in love with reading books.If you didn't know, Kinsella is the one who got me into reading in the first place. With her Shopaholic series she showed me reading can be fun and now, years after reading her first book, I still enjoy spending my free time with a good book in my hands (or on my Kindle).When I first heard she was about to publish a novel in my favorite genre, I just knew I had to read it immediately.I had a great feeling about Finding Audrey and I was not wrong.In her recognizable style that consists humor, Kinsella writes about serious topics such as anxiety and abusement.I imagine it must have been hard work to touch those serious topics and stay true to her writing style without overdoing the fun parts and diverge from the direction the story was going to. She managed it very well.Audrey, our main character, was a great narrator. She talked about her problems not quite openly but opened herself one step at the time trough the story. I liked that a lot. Even though she had some serious things on her way, it didn't suppress her sense of humor.I think the reason she was hiding behind the dark glasses was justified and I liked that part about her.What I liked the most in this story were Audrey's parents. They were like a fresh scent in the air in the YA genre which is full of dysfunctional families.Frank was my favorite. I liked his obsession with video games and his adaptability when it comes to playing them.Linus was an okay character. Very patient and likeable but I wish there were just something more about him that would make him more distinguish from all of love interests I was reading about in other books. I feel like I'm still missing that final touch that would make him get under my skin.I also wish there were more situations with Felix.The reason I didn't give this book a full five star rating is (HERE COMES THE SPOILER PART) (view spoiler)[we never found out what really happened that triggered Audrey's anxiety.I also didn't like the fact that Audrey got herself off the medications by herself. It is something not anyone should ever do, and in the real life the consequences could be really bad (trust me, I know). I just hope that someone who's on medications while reading this book won't find the courage to do the same thing because Audrey did it. (hide spoiler)]If you like Sophie Kinsella's previous work, and if you like YA genre, you will (probably) definitely like this book.It was a quick, easy read, perfect to read in one sitting for those who actually can read the book in one sitting.I wish you all A-GREAT-TIME reading it!! :)I got a copy of this book via Netgalley for free in an exchange for an honest review. Thank you Penguin Random House UK Children's.

  • Christina
    2019-05-02 02:52

    4 stars!"We're just looking and looking at each other. And I can feel something new between us, something even more intimate than anything we've ever done. Eye to eye. It's the most powerful connection in the world."This book just reminds me about how much I love Sophie Kinsella's standalone novel's. This book is about a 14 year old girl named Audrey, who after an unpleasant incident, develops an anxiety disorder. She's stopped going to her school, rarely leaves her house and wears dark glasses as a way to protect herself. "I know in my rational head that eyes are not frightening. They're tiny little harmless blobs of jelly. They're, like, a minuscule fraction of our whole body area. We all have them. So why should they bother me? But I've had a lot of time to think about this, and if you ask me, most people underestimate eyes. For a start, they're powerful. They have range. You can focus on someone a hundred feet away, through a whole bunch of people, and they know you're you're looking at them. What other bit of human anatomy can do that? It's practically being psychic is what it is. But they're like vortexes too. They're infinite. You look someone straight in the eye and your whole soul can be sucked out in a nanosecond. That's what it feels like. Other people's eyes are limitless and that's what scares me."She's on medication. She has regular visits with Dr. Sarah, who describes her progress as a graph chart, with a bit of a jagged line...a little up, a little down. As part of her treatment, Dr. Sarah has Audrey start filming a documentary. First just the things around her...then slowly working up to doing interviews, with the theory that maybe eye contact with someone through the camera would be easier. The book switches between dialogue and film transcripts. And it worked really well. While Audrey was the MC, the book focused not just on her, but on her family and their ups and downs together as well. She has 2 brothers, an older one named Frank and a 4 year old named Felix. I both adored and was very annoyed by Audrey's parents. They made for some hilarious conversation.Things really start to turn around for Audrey when she begins to have contact with Linus, Frank's friend who begins to come around the house often to play a video game with him. They eventually develop a relationship and Audrey finds that after some initial visits and awkward encounters, she can feel somewhat comfortable with him. She can talk through her fears with him and he gently challenges her to push her boundaries and comfort zone a bit. I thought that Sophie Kinsella handled both the matter of Audreys disorder and the way people can react to it really well. A lot of people had misconceptions and thought Audrey was crazy because of her disorder, but of course that wasn't the case."Here's the full diagnosis : Social Anxiety Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, and Depressive Episodes. Episodes. Like depression is a sitcom with a fun punch line each time. Or a TV box set loaded with cliffhangers. The only cliffhanger in my life is ' Will I ever get rid of this shit? ' and believe me, it gets pretty monotonous."The only thing I didn't like was that we never quite found out what happened to Audrey to spark all of this...there are little hints here and there and names mentioned, but no specific details are given, which just leaves you to use your imagination. But still, this is a very cute, but touching book. I really enjoyed going on Audrey's journey with her. "But I'm sick of this bloody jagged graph," I said in frustration. "You know, two steps up, one step down. It's so painful. It's so slow. It's like this endless game of snakes and ladders."And mum just looked at me as if she wanted to laugh or maybe cry, and she said, "But, Audrey, that's what life is. We're all on a jagged graph. I know I am. Up a bit, down a bit. That's life."

  • Juhina
    2019-05-17 09:46

    This was such a fun book! I honestly didn't expect any less from Sophie Kinsella but I was a bit hesitant because of two reasons, one being that this is her first try at writing middle grade books, and another being that I never really enjoy middle grade books. The first reason is that I really hoped Kinsella's humor will translate through such a young protagonist (and oh boy, did it ever!) and the other is that I often find MG characters too immature for my taste, but Kinsella's magic did it again and totally made this book and character relatable, fun, and all with an important message delivered to the readers. Anxiety disorders are actually more common than what we think. Unfortunately many people aren't aware of the actual clinical term and brush it off as a personality defect. Mental and psychological illnesses are unfortunately treated as a second class citizen in relation to physical illnesses. I really applaud and admire Kinsella for picking such an important topic and simplifying it and relating it to young teens. Audrey went through a traumatic event in her school that caused her to develop severe anxiety. She wears sunglasses at all times and now never leaves the house (she is in the middle of transferring to another school). The story isn't just Audrey's story, but it is her whole family's story. One thing Kinsella did brilliantly is the family dynamic and relationship. Audrey's older and younger brothers will remind you of your own siblings. Her mother worries constantly and her dad backs her up in the parenting department just to keep the peace. We all have the bad cop good cop labels for our parents right? I just liked how relatable the whole family dynamic was. Also, A Kinsella book isn't one if it isn't laugh out loud funny, which Finding Audrey totally is. Her brother plays an online RPG game that he's preparing with his friends to enter a global tournament.. and that requires countless hours of playing, something that has turned red flags for their mom... and commence the crazy acts, from finding inventive ways to get around the ban from playing, to restoring to the most extreme actions, like his mom throwing a €1,100 laptop out the window to finally get her son's attention (This isn't the spoiler, the book opens up with this exact scene). If I could choose one word to describe Finding Audrey, it would be fun. I can't wait for Sophie Kinsella to venture more into the non adult world (YA book next? please?), as well as more adult books. Basically I will read anything Sophie Kinsella writes. I definitely recommend it to all Sophie Kinsella fans as well as readers who want to try her writing but aren't interested (yet) in her adult books.

  • Daniella
    2019-05-19 11:04

    So this book gives you two main subjects. Anxiety and Video Games. Audrey had anxiety. And her brother Frank (and his friend Linus) were addicted to this one video game. Let me start out by saying that these two concepts are initially extremely well researched. Some of the anxiety lines made me tear up out of accuracy, and Frank's video game obsession mirrored how actual hardcore gamers are. So good on Kinsella right?Now what I thought this was going to be was a marriage between the two, because the subjects were so involved and set up in the beginning of the novel. I thought Audrey was going to be inevitably dragged into this gaming scenario, which would've been very easy for Kinsella to do. I mean it worked with her anxiety. She wouldn't be getting out of the house and she wouldn't have to take her glasses off. She wouldn't even have to do anything besides play. So I think a storyline where frank needed another gaming teammate would've been easy to integrate. Backstory: i am a gamer who has anxiety. So no one saw more promise in this than me. I'm absolutely terrified of speaking to strangers through my mic, even people who i've known for years and years. And i've actually never done it in the 10 years i've played WoW (which is very similar to the game in the book). I feel anxious about a lot of other things too, like making sure I'm as good as my male friends so I don't fall behind. Making sure I'm doing the right mechanics so strangers don't yell at me. Making sure I maintain a "fun" disposition to whoever was typing to me. So this scenario would be a PERFECT place for Audrey's anxiety because it would show that yes it's a real thing with real symptoms BUT, RPGs are a good place to lessen it. Because in an MMO RPG, everyone's experience is their own, and you can play the game however you want. Here's how ingame-Audrey would've progressed throughout the book:First step, type to people that you know IRL (Audrey can't send emails in the book or text, so this is a good first step). Second, type to strangers. Third, do a dungeon or match or whatever with a group. Fourth, master it. Fifth, talk to people through the mic once you feel confident with your team and the dungeon. Sixth, lead your own group. Seven: compete professionally (for the game in the book, this seems like the natural final step because it seems like a very tournament-heavy game. Plus Linus and Frank's main goal is to compete in a tournament). It's all a gradual and realistic situation that, again, blends together the two topics brought up (and well researched) portions of this book: Anxiety and Gaming. PLUS, you could easily introduce a romance into this scenario, especially since it could be done very similar to how Linus and Audrey's romance began in the book. Yeah Sophie Kinsella didnt do that.Instead we got one dimensional stereotyped characters, a manic pixie dream boy who changes the girl, jokes that missed their mark SO BAD that it would make you look away, prose that was blatantly written "for YA" (which never works), anxiety being "fixed" by bullshit external ways, an "incident" that was never explained (whether this was because Kinsella didn't actually know herself, was unclear), and a story with no core.And if you're wondering how the gaming and anxiety connected, it didn't. The two subjects went on their own path until probably the last ten pages of the novel, in which it didnt even matter anymore.What a dead, disappointing novel. 1.5/5 stars

  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    2019-04-30 07:47

    Actual Rating 4.25 starsI loved this story :) It was just a small snippet into the life of Audrey at a time after some serious drama went down. We find her in a place of isolation and hurt. What Sophie Kinsella is able to do in this charming story is tell a real story about a girl who experiences something all too real, which causes major fallout in her life. But the way Kinsella writes it is the selling point for me.This story could VERY quickly fall into a depressed and hopeless tone, making the reader uncomfortable. What makes Audrey's story work is that it's light yet thoughtful, careful yet fun.I maybe wanted a little bit more (short book, less than 300 pages), but other than that, I had a great time reading it. I think it's a great story for young people to read and I have a feeling more than one person will read Audrey's story and feel a little less alone :)