August 12, 2015
"Don't you think I've tried snapping out of it?" ~ pg. 114
Some authors are an automatic buy/pre-order meaning I will purchase whatever book comes out regardless of title, cover or subject. Sophie Kinsella is on that short list of my automatic buys. She first won me over with the Shopaholic series, then captured me as a true fan with her standalone novels. Finding Audrey is her new release and it is a different genre: YA fiction.
"Social Anxiety Disorder. General Anxiety Disorder and Depressive Episodes. Episodes. Like depression is a sitcom with a fun punchline each time." ~ pg. 22
Fourteen-year-old Audrey's life is disrupted by an incident with school girls. Audrey can't leave the house, can't make eye contact and can't take off her sunglasses even inside the house. She is making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah but her brother's gaming friend, Linus, connects with her. She can easily explain her fears to him. She is comfortable interacting with Linus like she hasn't been comfortable around anyone else. Linus makes Audrey feel like getting back out into the real world is possible. A sweet romance develops that made me smile and root for young love and a reconnecting family.
Though this new release is different from Sophie Kinsella's usual genre, it was still light reading worth the few hours it took to finish the story. I would suggest fans of the Shopaholic series borrow it from the library or download the eBook when it is on sale. Finding Audrey is a YA novel about psychological recovery sure to inspire young people with an anxiety disorder.
Title: Finding Audrey
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Published: June 2015
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