BLURB:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

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.

 

LITERARY AWARDS:

  • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee For Young Adult Fiction (2015)

 

MY REVIEW:

Finding Audrey is the new YA book released by proclaimed, chick-lit author Sophie Kinsella.

Initially, I was intrigued by the concept of a YA novel featuring an anxiety-stricken main character. I myself suffer a severe anxiety disorder so I was thrilled that there was a character that represented this overwhelmingly common affliction.

For the most part, I felt a connection with Audrey; I could relate to her anxious tendencies and even recognized some of them from my own disorder. However, the major downfall of this book was the helicopter mother in the story; it was stressful reading the majority of her dialogue … occasionally triggering my own anxiety. It was no wonder Audrey was anxious; I would be too in that household.

As I mentioned previously, I did connect with Audrey and I believe that the author did a very good job of portraying a character with anxiety; it was done tastefully and accurately.

Overall, this was a good, quick read and on a whole, I enjoyed “Finding Audrey” … except for the mom. Although, to be fair the mother’s character did develop over the course of the book into a more likable character; I guess parents grow and learn too.

I would likely recommend this book to other fans of Kinsella; and to fans of the YA genre.

MY RATING: 3 OUT OF 5

Published by Melissa Rose