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Finding Audrey

bySophie Kinsella

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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.
SOPHIE KINSELLA is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series and the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I've Got Your Number, and Wedding Night. She lives in England.
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Title:Finding AudreyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:May 3, 2016Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read This book is such a good read. The story is enjoyable, and gives a better view of mental illness, the person experiencing it and the people around them. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great read that brings to light mental illness I truly enjoyed this book. I bought it from the 'staff's pick' didn't read really what it was about. I identify with Audrey and it' nice to find books that can delve into this subject about mental illness in today's times not a taboo anymore. I've read it several times because a) i truly enjoyed and b) those moments those days that are worse than others well with this it makes you think you are not alone. A highly recommend this to all.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I really enjoyed this book, it was a quick and easy read which is exactly what I wanted at the time. I have lots of the same fears as her, I really wish they would have talked about exactly what it was that caused Audrey to have the mental down that made her isolate herself so much.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick and Easy I really enjoyed this book. Still a little bothered that they never explain what happened to her....but they hint at it enough that i have come up with something to satisfy my curiosity.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read I have read all the Sophie Kinsella books and this one was verydifferent. It was a bit slow in the beginning but it picked up and turned into a great book. Same as all Sophie Kinsella books it was a very easy and quick read
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from yES honestly in the beginning i got bored of it and put this book off for a while, but when i started reading it again it started to get more interesting to the point i read it all on the same day. great book.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THIS I love love loved this book! 100% recommend that you read it!
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved IT!! I bought this book for an English independent reading assignment and it was AMAZING!
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read in a day! Not often do I find a book I can really relate to but this book really got my attention. It was a very enjoyable read. I am glad I chose this book for August in my bookclub. It will start some good conversation and hopefully open some eyes.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read I have read most of the Kinsella books and this one was quite different. I found it a bit slow to start but it evolved into a good book, very easy and quick read
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable! This novel was similar to most novels in the sense that there was a cutesy romance story, but what made it stand out was how it dealt with mental illness. The main character, Audrey, has an anxiety disorder. Although it is different for everyone, Audrey's case means that she cannot be out in public without countless thoughts clouding her mind. The stage that Audrey is in, during the novel, is her trying to recover,which includes seeing her therapist. You can see her trying to step out of her comfort zone and tackling her anxiety by going out and trying to push herself. She does this with the help of her brother's gaming friend, Linus. Audrey feels that Linus is one of the only people that actually makes her want to open up. He finds different ways for Audrey to step out of her boundaries and in doing so, they grow closer to each other. I found Audrey's family extremely interesting to read. Her mom is invariably nagging on her brother, Frank, because he is always playing this online game, Land Of Conquerors (LOC), while Frank is constantly finding different ways to keep playing even when he is banned; which gets him in a little bit of trouble. Although I found Audrey's mom and brother quite dynamic, I felt that we, as readers, were left a little dry with her dad's personality. Really, the only major flaw I have with this novel is how little is touched with what actually happened at Audrey's old school that really triggered her anxiety. It is referred to quite often in the novel, but the event is never really addressed. Something I really enjoyed about this novel was how relatable I found it to be. No matter who reads this, I am positive that almost everybody will find something that they can relate to; ranging from anxiety and self-criticism, to familial bonds and first crushes. I recommend this to someone who is looking for a cutesy contemporary with quite a unique twist!
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What not what i was expecting This was a good read, very different from the Shopaholic serious. It was refreshing to read about a teenage, and not be annoyed by it.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WONDERFUL Novel! I read this book about a week ago, and I'm so glad I did! Finding Audrey is about a 14-year-old girl named Audrey, who had recently gone through a scandal at her school which resulted in Audrey having high anxiety levels. Because of her anxiety levels, she gets frightened of strangers so she wears dark glasses. And throughout her troubles, she discovers that her family also has slight troubles too. It's up to Audrey to overcome her fears and to learn what's changed with her family since the scandal. Read Finding Audrey to find out what happens to Audrey and how she overcomes her fears, and how she may have a crush on one of her brother's friends, and how that turns out *Hint Hint*!
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Really Wanted to Love It I love Sophie Kinsella, so I really wanted to love this book. It is geared more towards young-adults and dives into an important theme of mental illness. But for me, it was a disappointment. More could have been done with this character and more could have been explained. I was left guessing the whole book as to where this story began. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really enjoyed this book this was one of those books that's hard to put down, would definitely recommend
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wonderful A wonderful and funny read that was beautifully written. But a little different than expected, not my favourite book by KInsells but would definataly recommend as a summer read.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good YA Nothing too substantial about this read, but it was quick and enjoyable nonetheless.. Although I still want to know what caused Audrey's whole downward spiral in the first place!
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good rainy afternoon read Although maybe slightly to close to home for people with anxiety, depression or similar problems, it was a good book, if not too slightly too short. It was well written and Audrey is an excellent narrarator who illustrates all of the different aspects of her (slightly dysfunctional) family.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good summer read This book was incredibly well written, so much so I could not put it down. I immediately identified with Audrey and her struggle. However, this coming of age tale isn't all about the difficulties that Audrey experiences, but the humour within a family and the budding of new love. Super great read.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! ** spoiler alert ** This was such an amazing book! It was hard to put down! The characters were hilarious, and Audrey was relatable in many ways. Audrey and Linus' relationship was perfect and the advice given by Dr Sarah is extremely helpful, even for those not suffering from a form of anxiety. I loved this book from start to finish and would recommend it to anyone looking for a witty, feel good read!
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing A wonderful read that was well worth the purchase!
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing A wonderful read that was well worth the purchase!
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finding Audrey This book was a nice, quick, read, and I flew through it. The characters were interesting, funny, and real. Sophie Kinsella portrays anxiety pretty accurately and uses analogies to help readers understand Audrey's thought process. There was only one thing that wasn't wrapped up by the end of the story, and I'm kind of disappointed about that, but I guess it leaves the door open for a sequel.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not Great Though I enjoyed this book overall, I felt that Sophie lost her quirky writing style and humour that is so blatantly exposed in her other books. There is quite an apparent gap from her previous adult targeted novels to this YA novel. Though based on an interesting story line, I can't help but feel that she failed to fully capture the character's experiences and feelings of living and coping with, clearly an extremely severe, form of anxiety. Overall, the book lacked dimension.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read I always enjoy Kinsella's books for a light read, and this one is that, but there's something about the style (maybe because she's trying to be YA?) that isn't quite as quirkily engaging as most of her others.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Not Sophie Kinsella's typical book. It loved it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious, Heartbreaking and Everything In between. This book hit close to home. There were parts of this book that literally made me laugh out loud (dialogue between the family) and parts of this book that had me in tears (perfect description of what an anxiety attack feels like, the jagged graph) If you ever find yourself in a situation trying to understand anxiety and/or depression - pick up this book - it might give you some insight.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok. I did not think this is one of the author's best work.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this book It wasn't quite what i expected but i ended up loving it the further i got into it.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not her best I would have to say this is not one of her best novels.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Find Yourself reading this book Wow, I didn't know Sophie Kinsella could write like this. This was not what I was expecting but it was definitely a good read. I would highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different but great This wasn't the same kind of writing that Sophia Kinsella usually does, but it was still amazing. I loved how she discussed a topic that a lot of people are going though.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Different style than her regular books
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Fans of Kinsella's work will find that this differs from all other. 1) it's YA 2) It takes on a more serious topic.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4.5 stars for all the hilarious dialogue between Audrey's mom and her brother Frank. This book gave me a feel-good kind of vibe that had me laughing constantly throughout the entire novel. Even though Audrey is only 14, I found her narrative to be very pleasant and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about her daily life in her household with her wonderful and quirky family. Her love interest Linus was so adorable and supportive and I liked the fact that love didn't magically fix or cure Audrey of her social anxiety. In the end, she recovered on her own but with the encouragement and help of her family and Linus.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i love it! this book is go good. especially for the teenager who is really struggling with mental health.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good It was a different kind of read than I'm used to with Sophie Kinsella books. Still enjoyed it though.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute A quick and easy read with a cute storyline. I'll read anything by Sophie Kinsella.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fast and fun read This was a fun book although it dealt with more serious issues. It was well handled.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting a different genre compared to Sophie Kinsella's other writings. Still enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from ok I wasn't a fan of this book. It lacked the fun and quirkiness of the other Sophie Kinsella novels.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I enjoy Kinsella for a fun quick read, and was curious as to what her first teen book would be like, but I just couldn't get into it.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good! I wasn't sure what to expect for Sophie Kinsella's first teen book, but I enjoyed it! The humour is the same as her other books (Shopaholic series etc.,) but she focuses on mental health and other teen issues. Quirky, cute and an overall good read.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relatable, quirky, humorous. <i><b>"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."</b></i> This was a perfect book from my perspective. I related to it very strongly. But it was so much more than that to me. This book was a bit heartbreaking at one point because it deals with a very realistic issue, in general, but also for myself specifically. However, it was also really funny and interesting! I loved Frank and he's definitely one of my favourite characters; learning about Audrey and her family, and the plot and subplots as well as a very heartwarming and happy ending really made this book fantastic. It definitely earned five stars from me!
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Relate-able Another wonderful story by Sophie. Audrey was relate-able to what she was going through. Being a teenager is hard enough without adding social anxiety to the mix
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Finding Audrey Book Review This was so funny and cute! Even though this book does deal with some serious topics relating to mental health, I felt it handled those elements very well and managed to stay lighthearted and fun. I really enjoyed the humor, and my initial reaction after finishing this is that I want to read more Sophie Kinsella ASAP! I could've done with some more details about the events that triggered Sophie's anxiety, but the story is less about what happened in the past and more about her current life and family dynamics, so I was still satisfied with what we got.Overall this was a really fun and fast read, and I definitely recommend it, especially if you're looking for a funny narrator, a cute romance, and an eccentric cast of characters
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finding Audrey This was so funny and cute! Even though this book does deal with some serious topics relating to mental health, I felt it handled those elements very well and managed to stay lighthearted and fun. I really enjoyed the humor, and my initial reaction after finishing this is that I want to read more Sophie Kinsella ASAP! I could've done with some more details about the events that triggered Sophie's anxiety, but the story is less about what happened in the past and more about her current life and family dynamics, so I was still satisfied with what we got.Overall this was a really fun and fast read, and I definitely recommend it, especially if you're looking for a funny narrator, a cute romance, and an eccentric cast of characters
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it it shows a great example of a person who has S.A.D which really happens in real life and how that person overcame her illness
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sophie Kinsella is consistently good When I saw that a new book from Sophie Kinsella had been published, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I first became a fan of her with the 'Shopaholic' series but then expanded to her other standalone novels which I've also loved. Immediately, I was surprised that this book was in the Young Adult category. To be honest, I don't read book summaries because I feel the summary can give too much away so I had gotten this book by requesting it at the library and therefore had not picked it from the Young Adult shelf. With that being said, I think this book is PERFECT for teens/young adults. I know I enjoyed it and I'm in my 20's but I feel that this book could be extremely helpful for teens going through the often difficult experiences during those years. I felt that this book was accurate and sensitive in addressing social anxiety, but also had comedic relief. Personally and truthfully, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed this novel if it was mostly 'dark' throughout and solely focused on the negative components of mental illness. As a Sophie Kinsella fan, I'm happy to see that this book was written much like her others with her unique style of writing. There's just something about her writing that's so easy to read, funny, and relatable. This book will definitely be one that I'll recommend to others!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GOOD STORY Actually, this is my first Sophie Kinsella novel. I love it! It's a cute story, fast paced and very well written. The story may include issues about mental health but she makes it light, sensitive and informative at the same time. She is a very good author.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I adored this book This is a really unique book, I loved how the story played out, how the characters interacted, and how the original it was. Books like this deserve more credit, especially for YA. A fun, quick read for almost anybody. Seriously, I recommended it to a tomboy and she loved it as much as I did.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique to most YA novels Loved this book very much! The way mental illness is discussed and portrayed in this book is really great and unique to most YA novels. I would definitely recommend to anyone struggling with their mental health or is interested in learning more from the perspective of someone who is.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adorable! Recommended this to everyone I know!
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it haha yeah i loved this book it was cute and great
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Had my full attention! It was simple yet really hilarious! Finished the whole thing in one setting!
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from eye opening this book had my full attention from cover to cover. Sophie Kinsellas writing is so captivating,
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! This is the first Sophie Kinsella book I've read, and it's safe to say I will be reading more. I love Audrey and how she works through her own fears and problems throughout the novel. Cute read!
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this book I really enjoy Sophie Kinsellas writing. This book was a great and fast read. Her style of writing always keeps me wanting more.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome :) I was really excited to read this one, as I love Sophie Kinsella's writing style, and I was looking forward to this being not only her first YA novel, but also to see how she handled writing about such a serious issue of mental health. I'm so thrilled to say that Sophie Kinsella tackled this topic beautifully, while still staying true to her witty and hilarious writing style, and I can't recommend this book enough. I'm so glad I took the chance on it, and I'm glad to see so many amazing authors tackling this hard topic, as I feel it's so important to educate the world on the harsh realities of mental illness, and to do it properly and tactfully. Awesome awesome novel, and I'm highly impressed!
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great chic lit Funny chic lit, very much like her other novels
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great Kinsella story I really enjoyed this book because I found it very insightful. I felt Audrey's struggle and determination, but also her family's love and support.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring! This was not a good novel, the story line was dull and boring.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!!!! I loved the characters in this book, especially Audrey. She is so relatable. I loved watching her grow throughout the story. It was a very fun and quick read. I definitely recommend this book to anyone!
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Good! I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did! I read it in a day, and I'm not one for contemporary novels. I loved the fact that even though the book is dealing with such a heavy topic, it still reads very lighthearted. It was super relatable and enjoyable and I'd recommend it to anyone!
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! I really felt I could relate to Audrey and her anxiety.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Great book, a quick read!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Real This was such a great book. I appreciated the fact that it was a lighthearted book that still dealt with a topic like mental illness and did it in a respectful way!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bang on Sophie Kinsella just gave a voice to everyone suffering from anxiety. I realize it's fiction but she really hits the nail on the head. Anyone suffering from anxiety needs to read this. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ! I am a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella books, she never fails to make me laugh. True to her other novels, this one is full of relatable moments! Unlike her other books, this is definitely more geared to teen/young adult, not a more mature audience as with her others. Still very enjoyable--a quick and easy read!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4 Stars Finding Audrey was a pleasant surprise. I enjoy Sophie Kinsella's novels as "book candies" - funny, easy-to-read books that are like literary junk food. I respect Sophie Kinsella as an author but her books never held any real depth or interest beyond wanting a breezy read. Finding Audrey is not so light-hearted. Audrey is a 14-year-old girl who was bullied so badly that she can no longer even look her family members in the eye. She can't even leave the safety of her own home. Maybe Linus, her brother's close friend, can help her down the road to recovery. This book saddened me in ways I didn't think it would. I was surprised by Sophie Kinsella's handling of such a sensitive subject matter and I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who faces anxiety, bullying, and similar issues. I really enjoyed this book and I truly hope Sophie Kinsella writes more YA novels.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Love Sophie Kinsella. She can really do no wrong.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational The story was very well written and very inspirational.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always so great I love this book, and i truly love Sophie Kinsella. She always has the best books ever!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it, but the story felt a little thin and I would have loved some more depth and backstory. I enjoyed it, but the story felt a little thin and I would have loved some more depth and backstory.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it but... I enjoyed it, but the story felt a little thin and I would have loved some more depth and backstory.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not My Favourite This wasn't a bad book in any sense, the characters were cute, and it gave a nice insight into the mind of young, anxiety-ridden teenager. I think a lot of teenagers could relate to Audrey and the other characters, but I was left feeling like I was promised more than I got. I was hoping for more clarity before the end, which I didn't get.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute book I thought this was a cute fast read.
Date published: 2016-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!!! This book though. What even. I loved this book so much! The story line was really cool and the characters were great! I loved the main character Audrey. She went though so much character development! This story was hilarious! Yes, this book was about romance but it was also about family, friendship and how to deal with being different! If you are looking for an easy to read funny book I definitely recommend reading this one! I will definitely read more Sophie Kinsella books!!!
Date published: 2016-04-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read Finding Audrey is the new YA book released by proclaimed, chick-lit author Sophie Kinsella. Initially, I was intrigued by the concept of a YA novel featuring an anxiety-stricken main character. I myself suffer a severe anxiety disorder so I was thrilled that there was a character that represented this overwhelmingly common affliction. For the most part I felt a connection with Audrey; I could relate to her anxious tendencies and even recognized some of them from my own disorder. However, the major downfall of this book was the helicopter mother in the story; it was stressful reading the majority of her dialogue … occasionally triggering my own anxiety. It was no wonder Audrey was anxious; I would be too in that household. As I mentioned previously, I did connect with Audrey and I believe that the author did a very good job of portraying a character with anxiety; it was done tastefully and accurately. Overall, this was a good, quick read and on a whole I enjoyed "Finding Audrey" ... except for the mom. Although, to be fair the mother's character did develop over the course of the book into a more likable character. I guess parents grow and learn too. I would likely recommend this book to other fans of Kinsella; and to fans of the YA genre.
Date published: 2016-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good! This was my first Sophie Kinsella novel and I loved it! The writing was just as great as I heard it would be. It was quirky and cute and was just overall really great. Audrey as a character was relatable and well developed. The family dynamic portrayed was great as well. Kinsella did a great job developing Audrey's family too. While I don't agree with the whole getting over your issues via your new significant other thing, the romance was nice and cute. I liked Linus and Audrey's romance and how he helped her. Overall, it's a good read that I think many people will enjoy. ***Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for review. This has in no way influenced my opinions and thoughts.
Date published: 2016-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny YA with Anxiety Disorder Mental illness and anxiety disorders hit close to home so I was interested to see how Kinsella would approach the subject. I've never actually read one of her books before, but I know that she is famous for her humour. And Finding Audrey was full of humour. And I am a big fan of dealing with difficult issues with laughter, so I appreciated this about the book. It was an easy to read, entertaining book for teens about a girl named Audrey who, after an incident at school, succumbs to terrible anxiety and depression. These are real issues for both kids and adults, so I am happy to see a mainstream author broaching the subject. I like that Audrey went up and down in her recovery. However, some of the "ups" seemed a bit too easy, especially her relationship with Lionel. I also found Audrey's mother to be a bit over the top when dealing with her brother and during Audrey's doctor appointments. Overall, I did enjoy the book, though parts of it didn't sit right with me. There are still some good messages: that everyone's life goes up and down, bullying has terrible consequences. anxiety is real and needs to be treated as such, most people don't know what to say but being there can help, and support is important. Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for an honest review.
Date published: 2016-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very relatable story. Finding Audrey was my first ever experience reading a novel by Sophie Kinsella. I know a lot of people love her Shopaholic series, and I have seen the film that was based on these novels, but I have just never felt the drive to read it. I honestly didn't think I would end up picking up Finding Audrey either until I saw the countless reviews going up on Goodreads and the constant chatter about it in the Booktube community. I decided to give it a try when I spotted it for 40% off at my local book store and I'm really glad I made the decision to read it. I'm really enjoying contemporary style novels lately and especially those that deal with real life illnesses, mental or physical. There is just something so real and relatable about these types of stories and I hope there are plenty to come in the future. Finding Audrey deals with Audrey, a fourteen year old girl who is suffering from an anxiety disorder after a traumatic event changes her life. Sophie Kinsella writes about Audrey and her disorder in both a serious tone as well as comical. This novel has a lot of hilarious moments, especially between Audrey's Mom and her brother Frank. I think it was a fantastic idea to to have these moments included in the novel as they acted as a kind of comic relief in between the more serious and tense situations. I know that Finding Audrey is marketed towards a younger audience, but I personally believe I would have related to the character of Audrey a lot better if she were older than fourteen years old. Other than that, I think that Audrey was a very well written character. I loved the relationship between Audrey and Linus, I also love the name Linus! Their relationship was adorable and I think that Linus was written in a way that perfectly complimented Audrey. He was exactly what she needed during this period in her life. Audrey's family was also perfect. As stated above, her Mom and brother Frank, along with her father and younger brother, perfectly serve as a balance between the dark and damaged life of Audrey and the happy comical life of her family. One thing that did bug me about this story is the fact that we never really find out what happened between Audrey and the girls in her class. There are hints and the reader kind of has to come up with their own conclusion. This may not bother too many other people, but I personally would have liked a more concrete explanation. I think that Finding Audrey is prefect for anyone looking for a comical, but not offensive, interpretation on mental health. Finding Audrey was a great story revolving around a young girl, her mental health and her recovery. It was adorable and funny and sad all at the same time. I definitely recommend it to those looking for a new contemporary read!
Date published: 2015-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I see myself in Audrey As someone who has struggled with anxiety myself I can say that this book has captured the inner struggle of mental illness with resounding success. Kinsella has approached the topic with such tact and even innocence as to be appropriate for its young audience without loosing the gravity of the situation. Is Finding Audrey a perfect novel? Probably not, but it is incredibly important. Sophie Kinsella has always been one of my favorite authors. She's funny and clever, and now more than ever relevant. I want to thank her for daring to represent those of us who find it so hard to share our everyday struggles.
Date published: 2015-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I love Sophie Kinsella's books , and she delivered once again!
Date published: 2015-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a must read!! i recently purchased this book and i loved it from beginning to end i would highly recommend it!
Date published: 2015-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I really liked this book! Kindle wrote from a different perspective than usual and it was refreshing and interesting. I also learned a lot about what someone with an anxiety disorder might go through! Great book for both teens and adults.
Date published: 2015-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engaging characters, fun and thoughtful read The opening prologue of Finding Audrey - the newest novel from Sophie Kinsella - had me hooked. We're quickly introduced to the Turner family - as they attempt to dissuade Mum from throwing her son Frank's computer out the upstairs window. Dad and younger son Felix are outside, pleading with her to not do it. The last family member is Audrey - who is watching from inside the house with her sunglasses on. The novel is told from Audrey's view. Her voice and the reason for the dark glasses are immediately compelling.... "The trouble is, depression doesn't come with handy symptoms like spots and a temperature, so you don't realize at first. You keep saying 'I'm fine' to people when you're not fine. You think you should be fine. You keep saying to yourself: 'Why aren't I fine?'" Kinsella does a fantastic job tackling the issues of anxiety and depression. The exact circumstances that led to Audrey's current situation are never fully detailed - which is perfect. Instead the focus is on Audrey and her progress. And that progress picks up speed when she meets Frank's friend Linus.... I loved this book! I found myself laughing out loud many, many times. And just as many spent on sympathizing with Audrey's plight. The characters are so engaging. It's impossible not to like Audrey. Her brother Frank's strategies and ploys to circumvent Mum's computer ban are epic. Wee Felix has few lines, but his sweetness is tangible. Dad is a bit of a bumbler and Mum is a bit of hard nose. (It was Mum I had the hardest time liking) But what they all share is a love for Audrey and a desire to help her feel better. Each family member is coping and supporting her in their own way. Linus - well, Linus is lovely. And I truly hope there are teen boys like him out there. Audrey's psychiatrist, Dr. Sarah, was also a great addition to the supporting cast. Her quiet advice is full of many truths. Finding Audrey is about Audrey finding herself - and realizing that "...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." Kinsella injects her humourous style into her first YA novel, but also handles real and serious issues with a realistic eye. Well done.
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVE What happens to someone after they've been bullied? What goes on in their family, how do they cope with anxiety and the stress? Finding Audrey will show you all that. You know those books where you just end up loving the family and their personalities because they're realistic and so close? This is that family. I've never read about a family that I have loved since My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I pretty much fell in love with their family even if it was pretty dysfunctional. I loved the mom. She pretty much reminded me of Kinsella's other chick lit characters and it was fun reading about that. As for the Audrey and her love interest, I didn't really mind it nor did I care too much because I thought her family were the stars of the show. The aftermath of someone who got bullied and how it affects her family, FINDING AUDREY has its serious moments as well its hilarious comic relief moments that Kinsella is a master at writing. So cute! I finished reading this with a huge smile on my face.
Date published: 2015-04-10

Editorial Reviews

A Telegraph Best Young Adult Book of 2015 Nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction“An outstanding tragicomedy that gently explores mental illness, the lasting effects of bullying, and the power of friends and loving family to help in the healing.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Blending the humour, heartbreak and romance underlying the everyday pains of adolescence, the book's teenaged heroine also faces severe social anxiety—until love turns her life around. . . . Sophie's signature wit and sharp storytelling skills lend a sense of ease and empathy relatable to all ages." —Hello! Canada"Kinsella, a prolific British author best known for her Shopaholic series of novels, has a light, comedic touch and does a remarkable job of character development [in Finding Audrey]. . . . Subject matter notwithstanding, humour is the dominant mood in this book. Audrey is a sharp judge of character, and does an outstanding job of detailing the family's foibles." —Montreal Gazette"Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella is the heartwarming tale of Audrey Turner, a fourteen year old whose life has been turned upside-down by the onset of various anxiety disorders. . . . Kinsella's first person narrative is open and warm. . . . a very enjoyable, uplifting read, with the perfect combination of friendship, anguish, romance and humour." ―The Guardian (UK)