Audrey can’t leave the house, she can’t even take off her dark glasses even when she’s in the house. But then Linus (a friend of her brother Frank) stumbles into her life and slowly she learns to take chances and leave the house again. With Linus by her side, she feels she can take on everyday things that were too big and scary before.
Sophie Kinsella is the author of the Shopaholic series and a lot of other adult chick-lit books that I’ve enjoyed so I did expect Finding Audrey to be the same. But Audrey was fourteen and while the book is about mental illness and has the same humour as her adult novels, it is very much a YA novel.
Audrey struggles with simple things like eye contact and talking to new people. She wasn’t always like his but after an incident at school she’s practically become a recluse and has therapy sessions in order to help her get better. It’s great to see Audrey grow and slowly get better, that’s not to say there’s bumps in the road but while the take on anxiety and depression is realistic, there’s also a lot of hopefulness that things will and can get better.
Audrey and Linus’s relationship is sweet and realistic. Sometimes Linus is a bit blunt as he doesn’t really understand Audrey’s problems to start with but he soon coaxes her out of her shell.
Audrey’s family is sometimes a bit much, especially her Daily Mail reading mum who is convinced video games are ruining her sons life. That being said, Audrey’s mum is often unintentionally hilarious and is often the source for a lot of the humour in Finding Audrey. All the characters hearts are in the right place and want to help Audrey while still leading as normal of a life as possible. Franks fights with his mum are very realistic and some of the comments on teenagers and how adults decry technology but then need help to use it from young people ring very true and are often humorous.
Finding Audrey is sweet, funny and a very quick read (I read it in a day). It deals with bullying but it’s really the fallout and how that can affect someone that it covers which is a refreshing take on the subject. 4/5.