Genres: 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.
Kinsella needs to write Young Adult!
Thoughts on Finding Audrey
When I go into a Sophie Kinsella book, I know I’m going to get hilarity, a few sappy moments, and a happy ending. I’ve read enough Kinsella to know that’s it all of her books. That’s one thing that I love about her.
When I found out she was writing a YA book, I was ALL over it. I knew it was going to be different than her adult books because it was for a difference audience and the main focus wasn’t romance. I was ecstatic to read it but also nervous. I didn’t know how it would turn out with the difference in plot and targeted audience.
As soon as I started reading it, I knew I wanted her to write another young adult novel. She has the write tone, wording, and pace for a classic contemporary young adult. Audrey was a great character. Someone I easily cheered for. Actually, I loved her whole family. I loved everyone.
Audrey is also extremely, extremely relateable. I don’t remember the last time I read a young adult novel that I related to so much and that I felt like I was actually in the story.
If you don’t know anything about Audrey (but I am hoping you do because it’s in the summary I posted above) she has a very bad anxiety disorder. She doesn’t take her sunglasses off, she doesn’t like to leave her house, and she doesn’t really talk to people other than her family.
This book sheds a lot of light on anxiety disorders without treating it like it’s a Super Bad Thing. I feel like if someone were to read this book and they had anxiety, they would not feel like they were being made fun of. They would feel like they had someone like them. And that’s the great thing about this book.
I could go on and on about how great this book is. I will just say this: read this book. Young or old, anxiety or not, you will get something out of this book.