How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Penguin Random House UK
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.
I have mixed feelings about this book, because whilst I think it’s brilliant that mental health is being covered in a young adult book, I did have some problems with the overall delivery of it. However, I think that it’s still a very good book and it’s such an important topic to be represented in literature! I do think that some of my problems with the book come from suffering from anxiety myself, so I know firsthand how much it can affect your life.
I was immediately intrigued when I heard Sophie Kinsella was stepping into YA. I’ve always loved her writing and I was intrigued to see what a YA book would be like from her. I’m happy to say Sophie’s YA writing is just as engaging as her adult writing. I practically read this book in one sitting, eager to find out what was going to happen to Audrey.
Finding Audrey centres around Audrey who after a horrible experience at school is suffering from mental health issues. She has social anxiety, general anxiety disorder and depression. Audrey wears sunglasses so she doesn’t have to make eye contact with anyone, even members of her family. She automatically feels distressed when someone she doesn’t know enters into her safe haven. Audrey meets Linus, a friend of her brother and he begins to make Audrey feel like she wants to do things again. Together they build a relationship and work on improving Audrey’s mental health.
There are some great characters in this book, some I really liked… like Audrey and her brothers and Linus. I wasn’t too keen on Audrey’s mother. I thought she was very high strung and quite difficult to like. I know she had her children’s best interests at heart but she just started to grate on me.
Finding Audrey is an easy book to read quickly. The story moves at a fast pace and I believe that the anxiety was represented well. I could totally understand where she was coming from. My problem with the book, was that Audrey seemed to get better really fast. I know this is fiction, but it seemed a little unrealistic to me. I feel that someone with anxiety as bad as Audrey would take a lot more time to heal. Anxiety is something that is always with you, no matter how well you learn to deal with it- it’s always part of your life.
Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars!