Friday, 19 June 2015
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
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
I've not read any Sophie Kinsella before so I came to this novel blind except for knowing that other people quite rated for adult novels. I am pleased to say that I really enjoyed it and now think maybe I ought to read more of her books.
The story itself is thoughtful and funny with real heart. I loved Audrey's family and their odd ways. Audrey's mother in particular made me laugh a lot in the way she dealt with her children especially Frank. Speaking of Frank. Frank had to be my favourite character. I loved how he typified that teenage computer gaming obsessive generation and the strain his obsession had on the relationship with his mother who just couldn't understand why he was so into it.
This book has a lot to say about OCD and how it is a really serious condition and not something to be made light of. The way it affects Audrey has a profound impact on the way she functions day to day it is really hard to see her struggling with it but equally satisfying to see her trying to work through it.
I am very much looking forward to more YA from Sophie Kinsella in the future.