by Sophie Kinsella
Publication date: June 4, 2015
Number of pages: 385
Synopsis: 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.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Being a big fan of some of Sophie Kinsella’s other works, I was really excited to see her take not only on YA, but also on mental illness. I thought she dealt with the subject of mental illness in a new and refreshing way. As for her first YA novel, I thought it was really well-written and developed.
While the book focused on Audrey and her anxiety/depression, I really enjoyed the light-hearted and humorous tone Kinsella used throughout. I was pleased that the tone didn’t–at least for me–take away from the serious nature of the topics. I felt that the writing style let me connect and understand Audrey and her family life without taking away from the fact that Audrey was dealing with anxiety and depression. Even though there was humor throughout most of the book, there were serious bits that mixed in wih the humor, really brought to light Audrey’s struggles.
I also really enjoyed the family focus of the novel. I always like seeing families present in all books, but YA especially, and I liked how each character had his/her own personality. I really enjoyed seeing all of the families quirks and seeing how each character grew. Plus, wasn’t Felix just the cutest?
Lastly, I can’t express how much I liked the writing style! I thought that having portions of the book written as though from a camera view was genius! I’d love to see more of this in books so if you have any suggestions, throw them out.
Overall, I really enjoyed Finding Audrey and thought it dealt with serious issues in a light-hearted way that didn’t take away from the severity. I thought it was a great YA debut for Kinsella and would definitely read more of her YA stuff if she writes more.