Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
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.
This YA book was so unique in that it’s very focused on Audrey’s family. Truly, the majority of the action takes place inside Audrey’s house with her parents and her two brothers. Audrey was the victim of some sort of bullying incident at school that is never fully explained. As a result, she’s spending the rest of the year at home. She has extreme social anxiety, she wears dark glasses all the time, and she doesn’t interact with anyone outside of her family or therapy. Until…
Linus, her brother’s best friend, starts spending a lot of time at their house because he is playing on an LOC (think World of Warcraft) team with her brother, Frank. Linus and Audrey develop a friendship through notes and challenges, and their love story is super adorable and sweet. I really loved that part of the story, but there wasn’t enough of it.
The first half of the book and much of the second half focus on Audrey’s brother and her mother and their struggle over video games. The mother is kind of unbearable. I wanted to reach into my car sound system and strangle her! She is very unreasonable. She’s been convinced by the Daily Mail that video games are warping Frank’s mind or something…even though he’s a terrific student and a very nice young man. Because those portions of the story were unenjoyable, I had to give this book a lower rating.
There is some good humor in the story, and Audrey’s youngest brother Felix (age 4) was super cute. But overall I was expecting more based on the reviews and recommendations I’d gotten about this book.
My Rating: 3 Stars
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