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Finding Audrey Hardcover – June 9, 2015
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Gr 7 Up—The author of the wildly popular "Shopaholic" series (Dial) for adults, has a surefire winner in her YA debut. Audrey doesn't go to school, wears dark glasses all the time, and rarely leaves her house. Mum and Dad are gently encouraging and helpful and try to assist Audrey in recovering from her debilitating anxiety disorder, for which she has recently been released from hospital care. Brother Frank is a computer gaming fanatic, and four-year-old brother Felix is a cute foil for the drama going on in the rest of the household. Readers are left pondering why is Audrey so anxious—what happened? Kinsella never explicitly reveals what triggered the protagonist's anxiety. The expert and sympathetic depiction of the teen's symptoms and emotions is the strongest part of the novel. Unfortunately, Audrey's rapid recovery once she meets a cute guy rings a bit false, or at least, a too conveniently clichéd, but tweens and teens may enjoy the portrayal of the hasty romance. Sparkling dialogue, carefully developed characters, great parent-child interaction, and a bit of rom-com all join to demonstrate the author's expertise in developing a compelling story. VERDICT A deep and sensitive portrayal of a British teen's recovery from a traumatic experience. Expect requests!—Susan Riley, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY
PRAISE FOR FINDING AUDREY:
"An outstanding tragicomedy that gently explores mental illness, the lasting effects of bullying, and the power of friends and loving family to help in the healing."
—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"Kinsella's knack for humor and sensitivity shine."—Publishers Weekly
"It's fun, it's quick, it's cute, but it also focuses on deeper topics with maturity and responsibility."—The Guardian (UK)
"With her trademark wit and sass, Kinsella's sensitivity broaches the complexities of young adult mental health. [Her] Shopaholic series has long been popular with teens, and her YA debut will likely be just as happening, maybe even among Kinsella's adult readers."—Booklist
"Sparkling dialogue, carefully developed characters, great parent-child interaction . . . all join to demonstrate the author's expertise in developing a compelling story."—School Library Journal
A New York Times Bestseller
A ZOELLA Book Club Pick
PRAISE fOR SOPHIE KINSELLA:
“A Sophie Kinsella novel is like a box of Valentine’s Day chocolates.” —USA Today
“Kinsella has a genuine gift for comic writing.”—The Boston Globe
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I loved this book. It was fun to read and extremely relatable for me. The format was great, and I feel this would make a hilarious and heart wrenching movie.
The character development of Audrey and her dealing with mental illness/anxiety disorder was really great. Especially as Audrey's healing process allows her to become more aware of how her illness has effected her family. I enjoyed all of the characters, her brother Frank, Linus, her neurotic/loving mother, her father, and little brother Felix.
I do wish I could have learned exactly "what" took place drove Audrey to this place of depression and anxiety. However, I think the focus of the story was to show Audrey working towards the future and not reflecting on the past. Something we all need to do. I liked the book.
Audrey is suffering from an anxiety disorder and is not able to get out of the house (except for appointments with her therapist); not able to communicate with people other than her family and therapist; has to keep herself small even within the confines of her own home. She's got a hilarious but perfectly normal family.
As with other Kinsella books, this is LOL funny (I already mentioned this is not a sleeping-in book). Kinsella's writing style is such that the pages are transformed into a sitcom TV screen.
I only have one issue and that's why the missing fifth star: I thought there was going to be a big reveal of what happened to Audrey, but nada...
Anyway, this is one fun and fast read.
The premise was something I'd never read before: a girl suffers from debilitating social anxiety following an incident at school, which results in her never leaving her house and wearing dark sunglasses at all times. Enter her brother's cute video gaming friend who slowly starts to pull her out of her shell.
The relationships in this book were so strong. I loved the family, how they drove each other crazy but clearly loved each other, and how they welcomed Linus into their circle. The mom's anti-video game antics got a little old, but I did appreciate Frank's retaliations, which were smart and pretty hilarious.
But the best part about this book though was the writing. It's Sophie Kinsella to the T: brilliant humor, strong voice, and fast-paced. I hope Kinsella writes more YA!