Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella | Jana


Genre: Young Adult



“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.”

  “Finding Audrey” is one of those books you read in one sitting, one of those books that makes you laugh, but also makes you think about  really important  topics. Kinsella’s writing style is simple and understandable for everyone and therefore makes a reader wants to keep reading her master-piece.  Although this book deals with a serious topic, it’s filled with humor and radiates with positivity from the beginning  till it’s end.

  Since the book is mainly about anxiety and mental illness, I didn’t really know what to expect, but despite that I honestly enjoyed it so much, and I identified myself  with Audrey more than with any other character I have read about.

”They talk about ‘body language’, as if we all speak it the same.”

-Finding Audrey, Sophie Kinsella

It’s clear the author had made an excellent  research about Audrey’s condition, because everything was so well described, even her visits to psychologist  and the progress for which Audrey was fighting. Audrey’s recovery is maybe shown a bit too fast, but I find it suits the dynamic of the book. As the part of her recovery, she had to make a documentary film about her family, which was a wonderful and unique addition to the book.

  Audrey’s family is the most chaotic and at the same time the most cheerful family I’ve read about recently. Their squabbles and situations they find themselves in are comic and it’s impossible they won’t put a smile on your face. But despite everything, they are unconditionally supportive and they help  Audrey to overcome her problems.

“Except that stopping midsentence is the worst thing people can do. It’s like, totally passive-aggressive, because you can’t take issue with anything they’ve said. You have to take issue with what you think they were going to say. Which then they deny.”

-Finding Audrey, Sophie Kinsella

  Audrey’s mom was obsessed with the time Frank, Audrey’s older fifteen-year-old brother, was spending playing  the computer game, and she was deciving a cop non-stop, punishing him, but he almost every time found a way to avoid his punishments. That’s why their fights were inevitable, in some moments even crude and therefore comic. Frank’s character is the brightest spot in this book, in my opinion. His sarcastic and sassy comments are ingenious, his appearance is fascinating. It would be lovely if every book had a bunch of characters like him (however, thank you, Sophie Kinsella, for  this one ♥).

  But, let’s get back to Audrey. The thing I loved the most was the fact that she is fighting to get better and she is trying so hard to stay that way when she finally achieved her goal. There was a certain event that  made Audrey the way she was in the book, but we never get to know what really happened to her and that was bugging me for a while, but maybe it’s better if some things are left untold.

“We don’t have to reveal everything to each other. It’s OK to be private. It’s OK to say no. It’s OK to say, ‘I’m not going to share that.”

– Finding Audrey, Sophie Kinsella

  Audrey’s progress was also induced by Linus, Frank’s friend. He started communicating with Audrey in a very unusual and sweet way, by sending notes to her instead of face to face talk. He was really understanding for Audrey’s problem and was trying his best to help her. Their friendship changed into romantic love and gave the story a lovely turnover.

“I think what I’ve realized is, life is all about climbing up, slipping down, and picking yourself up again. And it doesn’t matter if you slip down. As long as you’re kind of heading more or less upwards. That’s all you can hope for. More or less upwards.”

– Finding Audrey, Sophie Kinsella

  I would honestly recommend this book to everyone because it shows the life of the people who suffer from anxiety, panic attacks and depression and helps us to understand how  they feel in those situations, in a very appealing  and positive way. It’s a short, easy and enjoyable book.

  Before this one, I had never read any Kinsella’s books, but I think I will read some of them in the future and I’m really looking forward to it.

  Has any of you guys read this or any other book by Sophie Kinsella? What do you think about them? Which her book would you recommend me to read next?


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