Audrey can't leave the house. she can't even take off her dark glasses inside the house.
Then her brother's friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again - well, Starbucks is a start.And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she'd thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.
Be prepared to laugh, dream and hope with Audrey as she learns that even when you feel like you have lost yourself, love can still find you . . .
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Title: Finding Audrey
Publishers: RHCP Digital
Publication Date: 4th June 2015
My ReviewI have always loved Sophie Kinsella books and this one is certainly no exception. It is a completely different foray into the Young Adult genre and I feel it works well.
Although the book is centred around Audrey who is suffering from a social anxiety disorder due to having been bullied at school, her brother Frank was also a key character who made me laugh out loud quite a bit and I think Audrey liked the fact he was often in trouble as it kind of took the attention away from her.
I could really relate to their mum as she is trying to bring up teenagers and over reacting to things they do, such as the amount of time spent on the computer. Having three teens of my own I found it hilarious when Frank actually challenged her about her views as I know how flummoxed I have been when my son questions me on certain issues.
I think Sophie has handled the issue of mental health in young people very sensitively and it is important to note that Audrey is in the early stages of recovery still and has an extremely supportive family but she still has a long way to go.
I think Linus is a very important character and young people could learn a lot from him in how to be supportive to someone who is going through this tough period in their lives.
The book touches on some very difficult and emotive issues, showing that the recovery process does have setbacks and highlights the misconceptions that people have about mental illness.
I really enjoyed the book, it was witty, funny, sad and happy all rolled up into the love of a supportive family.
Thanks to Sophie Kinsella, RHCP Digital and Netgalley for the advanced review copy.
About the Author
Sophie Kinsella is a writer and former financial journalist. She is the number one bestselling author of Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddesss, Remember Me? and the hugely popular Shopaholic novels. She lives in London with her husband and family. She is also the author of several bestselling novels under the name of Madeleine Wickham, all published by Black Swan. Visit her website at www.sophiekinsella.co.uk.