Last week i finished reading Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella and i loved it so much! I had been meaning to read it for a really long time but i put it off because i thought the book was intended for a slightly younger audience and other stupid reasons but it was absolutely amazing, i flew through it and it’s definitely worth the read.I really enjoyed the humour, and my reaction after finishing this was that I want to read more Sophie Kinsella ASAP!
Finding Audrey is hilarious and i was able to relate to it so many ways. Although the book does have a serious aspect it is full oƒ jokes and hilarious family conversations. Audrey as social anxiety and the book is about the emotional journey that Audrey takes and how she deals with her anxiety.I appreciated that it was a light hearted book that still dealt with a serious topic like mental illness in a respectful way! It also has an enormous family aspect. Sophie Kinsella shows how Audrey’s family supports her and encourages her. But despite this emotional aspect the book is light hearted and is the perfect book if you are looking for a funny light hearted read with a funny narrator.
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.That’s the end of the non-spoiler section so if you have read it you can read on, if not go read it because it it totally worth the read.
One aspect that i really enjoyed from this book was the documentary that Audrey had to film (they probably my favourite parts to read) . I loved how it told Audrey’s story from a different angle. I especially loved Audrey’s progression throughout the documentary , how at the beginning she was always behind the camera and gradually towards the end she was in front of the camera and even allowed other people in her family to film her.
DAD Frank, what are you doing? What's happened to my screen? Dad's bland, seaside wallpaper has been replaced by a leering graphic character from LOC. FRANK You needed a new wallpaper. Your one was rank. Now we need some new sound settings... He clicks the mouse and 'Boomshakalaka' blasts from the computer Dad completely loses it DAD Stop that! That's my computer... (He gets up and stalks to the door). Anne? Anne?
Another detail that i enjoyed about this book was that it is about one of those loud, crazy, families often torn apart by arguments, but ultimately very close and loving towards one another. The interactions Sophie Kinsella creates between the members of Audrey’s family make this book very funny and touching too.
I liked how Linus and Audrey’s relationship was not the main focus but it made her happy and added a cute romance to the book. I also liked how Linus wasn’t the reason she was able to get through her anxiety (as it refers to in the summary) but he was another important person in her life that supported her and encouraged her to take risks.
The ending of the book was perfect too. I loved how in the end the family and Linus and his friend were able to come to an agreement and they all played LOC in the living room and Audrey’s Dad filmed it and how in the end the dad was playing LOC.
Okay so i feel like i have ranted on enough and now i have to decide on my favourite scene (there are waaaayyyy too many) which is really hard. But i think i have narrowed it down. So, my favourite scene was when Audrey’s Mum caught Frank playing LOC after he told her he was doing his french homework by spying him through his bedroom window.
I jump a mile, and feel myself start to hyperventilate. Mum is at the window, staring in, her face some monstrous demon. I mean, I’ve never seen her look so furious.’Chris!’ she’s yelling now. ‘COME HERE I’VE CAUGHT HIM RED-HANDED!’
How is she even up there? The windows of the playroom are, like, nearly two meters off the ground outside.
I glance at Frank, and he looks genuinely a bit freaked out. He’s closed down LOC, but she saw it. I mean, There’s no way she didn’t see it.
‘You’re for it’, I say.
‘Shit‘. Frank scowls.’I can’t believe she would spy on me’.