Finding Audrey

Paperback | May 3, 2016

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.

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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 A...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:May 3, 2016Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385685017

ISBN - 13:9780385685016

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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 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING LOVED IT
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

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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)