I picked up Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella at Indigo/Chapters yesterday morning, and finished the book this morning. It was such a fast read.
Rating : ☺☺☺☹☹
Do I recommend it : Yes, if anxiety is a topic that you want to read about.
Would I reread it : Probably
Finding Audrey is a story about a girl who struggles with anxiety, and cannot go to school because it of. Therefore, she stays home every day, with a mother who is a teensy bit crazy, due to her obsession with the Daily Mail. Audrey's brother is an avid gamer, which is a hobby that her mother doesn't understand, and the book starts off with a fast-forward to when her mother threw his computer out of the window. Audrey's had some issues with girls her age in the past, and now can't go outside without her shades. One day, she meets Linus, her brother's friend, and he understands her and wants to help her. They exchange notes, because Audrey is not comfortable talking to him at first, but slowly and steadily, we see how much good he's brought to her life. This book is incredibly well written and deals with the topic of anxiety in a way that makes everyone understand that it is not 'cool' to have anxiety, like some people see on tumblr.
↙ What I didn't like about the book :
I wished it had been longer, because it felt as if the ending was rushed. It felt as if all the problems they encountered were fixed in a slip second.
Also, a lot of people say that it seems like Linus 'cured' Audrey from her anxiety, which is something I wouldn't have realized if people didn't say it. It is not the case, in my opinion, he is just there to help her like her family.
Also, I don't know much about anxiety, but when SPOILER ALERT she made out with Linus, I was so surprised. Because I didn't think that she could get over seeing him... that fast. The little feet contacts were cute, but it seems to me that it wasn't really realistic for someone who has anxiety?
↗ What I liked about the book :
The characters are so well developed and written, and most of the time, you're either laughing or hoping to know what happens next. Also, I loved how this book was centered around one main topic, but was still dealing with other things that families go through (having a young child, a mother not going to work, a son who has a computer addiction, dealing with people from the past, etc.)
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a light and fast read, and surprised me in the best ways, because I wasn't a fan of Kinsella before. I had read a few books in the Shopaholic series, but I don't like chick lit, so I never loved the book and bothered reading more. However, this book isn't what I would consider chick lit, and it gave off the feel of a regular Y.A. contemporary book that turned out to be really good. Kudos to Kinsella, I might re-read her other books, because I absolutely ADORE her writing.
Hope you enjoyed reading this blog post! Finding Audrey came out June 2015, and you can purchase it here if you're from Canada like me. It is currently 40% off too! If you have any questions about the book and whatnot, comment them and I will answer them!
☺☺☺☺☺ : Flawless
☺☺☺☺☹ : Very good, a few flaws
☺☺☺☹☹ : Enjoyable
☺☺☹☹☹ : Okay, would not reread
☺☹☹☹☹ : Disliked, do not recommend