I am a HUGE fan of Sophie Kinsella’s ‘Shopaholic’ series, so when I came across ‘Finding Audrey’, I bought it.
Let me start this review by saying that this book is nothing like the ‘Shopaholic’ series.
The book focuses on a young girl and her mental illness. I found this to be a very honest book from the point of view of the main character. I enjoyed it, however, I wasn’t that keen on the plot overall. Mental illness is not cured by suddenly meeting a boy. It’s an enjoyable read but not a serious one, in my opinion.
I love the fact that Kinsella has written about anxiety and mental illness. Normalizing the topic can only be a good thing, but, I am worried that as this book is aimed at teens that young impressionable girls.
The main character, Audrey is 14. She suffers from anxiety.
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.
Throughout the book, I felt I was connecting with Audrey. Kinsella has a very magical way of writing that involves the reader. As I mentioned previously, the novel gives a very honest account of a young girl dealing with anxiety after a traumatic event in her life caused by a group of bullies.
Finding Audrey would be an excellent book for a young teenager just diagnosed with anxiety.
Have you read the book? Let me know what you thought in the comments…