Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Review : Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Title: Finding Audrey

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Release Date: June 9th, 2015

Goodreads Summary: 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.


I have never read a Sophie Kinsella book before, but I meant to, because I loved the Confessions of a Shopaholic movie. I heard it was her first YA novel, and I think she did pretty good.

First, I like how the cover reflect Audrey's state of mind at the beginning of the novel, because her instinct tells her to hide. I liked Sophie Kinsella's style because this book was so addictive (there are chapters, but not the numbers, so I couldn't stop reading) and funny. 

For me, this book was more relatable because it had only half-truths, for example there weren't details about the bullying, because Audrey didn't want to talk about it. Even though I wanted to know precisely what had happened, the author didn't push it and let us imagine, which also permits the reader to make the book his own. 

Audrey's "recovery" was really interesting to read about, it allowed a lot of character development for her. It was realistic, because even at the end, she isn't back to "normal" like she wanted to, and understands people can have a perfect life (see the graphs) like she wanted to. Seeing a part of the story through the camera was really interesting, it was most of the time things she wasn't supposed to see, so even funnier, and it was cute when Frank used it.

About the characters, I think my favourite was Felix. I love children and have three little brothers, so I always relate to characters who have younger siblings. 

"Hello you," I say, and press my face close against his. "Hello you." He squashes up even closer. "Do you want to build a snowman?" 
And because of that Frozen obsession, I started finding him soooo cute. All the characters were whole, Frank with LOC for example. But, I couldn't bring myself to like the Mom. She was really obsessed with the Daily Mail and it pissed me off how much she had a crisis because "Video games are evil, blah blah blah", because in the end, she kinda became interested. Like seriously, she throw a computer off the window? Whose mom would do that? I think she's supposed to understand how expensive that thing is, I really didn't get that part, she was essentially an extreme stereotypical figure.

I liked Audrey and Linus relationship, how he helped her overcome her fears with his challenge. The one with the ice-cream seller was really cute. But, I didn't understand the beginning of their relationship, it was really unrealistic. Audrey is anxious, she can't make eye-contact with him, and the next minute they're making out? I would have preferred it with more steps, even if there was the shoe contact before.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time reading this book, it was a fun, easy and quick read. Still, I had a few issues with this book, but that's not a big deal, it just explains why this isn't my favorite book.

Rating : 4/5

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