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Must-Read Contemporary | Book Review: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

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Book Review: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

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Title & Author: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Mental Health

Release Date: June 9, 2015

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Random House Kids

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher

Description:

“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.”

Classic Kinsella Meets YA

What I’ve loved in every one of Sophie Kinsella’s books is the humor. She has this wit and sense of the absurd that ensures I’ll laugh out loud (and usually in public, making me look crazier than normal).

And, I was not disappointed with the humor in Finding Audrey, Kinsella’s first YA novel. Audrey’s recent social anxiety has made her house-bound for awhile, and her hilarious perspective on her life and family make serious topics more palatable.

That’s the real magic of the book: Audrey and her family. What seems like a easily explained situation at first is slowly revealed as something bigger and deeper.

One of my favorite characters is Audrey’s brother, Frank. He’s a scamp and a mischief-maker, and I loved any scene he was in.

What’s kind of unusual about Finding Audrey is that the catalyst for Audrey’s present state of affairs is slowly and vaguely revealed. I really enjoyed that it wasn’t explained because it kept the focus on the book on Audrey’s growth and emotional journey.

There are so many things done well in this story. The portrayal of therapy, the new budding relationships, the hilarious yet complicated family dynamics.

I just loved everything about this book.

Bonus: The typically funny “parents who don’t understand technology” bit is taken to new levels here. And it’s AMAZING.

OVERALL:

No other author can get me to literally laugh out loud as much as Sophie Kinsella. I adored her first venture into the YA world. Finding Audrey is deep and so very funny and ultimately relatable and lovable – highly recommended.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.