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Book Review: Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella.

07 Jun
Book Review: Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella.

Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite Authors, I love her Shopaholic series. Becky and Luke Brandon are the perfect literary couple. I have also read Kinsella’s other chick lit books, like Twenties Girl, The Undomesticated Goddess, and lots more. I love Kinsella’s writing style, she always makes me laugh.

When I heard a new Young Adult book was coming out, I was surprised and also very excited. I was even more excited to get it BEFORE its been published!!! Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Random House UK Children’s

This is my review of Finding Audrey.


 finding audrey

Book Description:

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.

finding audrey


My Thoughts:

I love this book!

The cover of this book is made more relevant when you read the first few chapters and find that Audrey wears dark glasses all the time, she has been through some hard times with bullies in school and since then has been absent from school, in therapy and unable to leave the house. (except to see her therapist Sarah). Audrey has a severe anxiety disorder.

I found in this book that Kinsella wrote the anxiety descriptions extremely well. I’m not saying that I have ever felt like Audrey felt, but the way Kinsella described Audrey, I can imagine the way she felt. I think this book will be a great and helpful read to any teenagers who struggle with anxiety, I think Kinsella did so well to empathise and put herself into a 14 year school girls head! Talented writing as always!

“My chest is starting to rise in panic. Tears have already started to my eyes. My throat feels frozen. I need to escape…”

The characters in this book were great, we heard about all the members of Audrey’s family and as a lot of the book takes place in Audrey’s house, we see what family life is like for her and her two brothers. I found it quite amusing when we hear about Audrey’s Mum believing everything that The Daily Mail tells her, which is where her problem with Audrey’s brother Frank comes in. He is a total gamer and loves his computer game Land of Conquerers (LOC). Audrey’s Mum thinks this is awful and we see many amusing ways that she tries to make Frank understand that computers are bad!!! 

The best point about Frank’s computer obsession is Linus. Linus is Frank’s gaming buddy, and it is Linus that helps Audrey. As we see Audrey and Linus’s relationship develop, it is so sweet and gentle. Kinsella wrote about teenage love so well, and to add in an extreme anxiety disorder into this pool too, it worked brilliantly.

“I wish I was at home right now, ….I do not wish I was at home. I’m out with Linus!”

For a book which is primarily about anxiety disorders and mental health, Kinsella did a fabulous job of making me laugh along the way. The book makes you feel sad for Audrey and her family, but this is in no way a doom and gloom book. I heard an interview with Kinsella, whereby she said “I can’t help writing comedy..”, and that is certainly the case for this book.

I wanted to keep reading this book to find out what happens next with Audrey and Linus, what funny things her Mum says and does, how Frank wangles his way to play games again, and eventually how these experiences end up affecting Audrey’s whole family. It really is a brilliant read. I always loved Sophie Kinsella’s books, from the very first one I read. This is no exception. A brilliant book, that I totally recommend. I look forward to Kinsella’s next book even before this one is released!!


Hardcover, 288 pages

Expected publication: June 9th 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

(first published June 4th 2015)


Have you read this? Are you going to read it?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

Happy Reading.

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17 responses to “Book Review: Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella.

  1. Jen The Bookavid

    June 7, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I haven’t read it yet but I’m definitely planning to because I absolutely love Sophie Kinsella and her amazing writing. Your review makes me even more sure that I want to read it.

     
    • chocolatepages

      June 7, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you, it really is as good as you can expect from Sophie. I hope you enjoy it.

       
  2. Clare Chase

    June 7, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    So interesting to read your review – I didn’t realise Sophie Kinsella was writing YA books. Having read your post I’d love to read the book too.

     
    • chocolatepages

      June 8, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      Yes, this is her first one. I don’t know if she has anymore in the pipeline, but I would read them if she wrote them.

       
  3. Heledd - Running in Lavender

    June 9, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Ooh this sounds really interesting and maybe one to remember in ten years time, when I have two teenage girls of my own. Thank you so much for linking up to #SundayStars xxx

     
    • chocolatepages

      June 9, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks, I don’t have any kids yet but still loved the book. Thanks for stopping by.
      Amanda.

       
  4. Everything Mummy

    June 11, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Love her books as well thanks for sharing great review #sundaystars x

     
    • chocolatepages

      June 12, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Thank you. I heard she in the process of writing another Shopaholic! Yippee.

       
  5. Alice Megan

    June 14, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I love the shopaholic series so am intrigued at this new offering.
    Thanks for linking up with #LIML

     
    • chocolatepages

      June 14, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      If you like Shopaholic, I’m sure you will like this.
      Thank you.

       
  6. Karen Whitlock (@karenjwhitlock)

    June 17, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing your review on #SundayStars

     
    • chocolatepages

      June 18, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      Thank you for hosting it. Its a great link up for finding other blogs and meeting others who read mine. Thanks.

       
  7. motherhoodtherealdeal

    June 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    I haven’t read anything by Sophie Kinsella yet but I will always remember someone I worked with said they knew her and she made her pen name Sophie Kinsella as a play on So F*^$ing Sell Her…i.e. she wanted to get loads of her books sold. I wonder whether that was true or just totally made up what do you think? #sundaystars

     
    • chocolatepages

      June 21, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      I never thought of it that way before??! I know she has written under a different name ‘Madeline Wickham’. I thought Sophie was her real name and Madeline her pen name, but I’m not sure. 😉
      Thanks for stopping by with #SundayStars, Have a lovely day.

       
      • motherhoodtherealdeal

        June 22, 2015 at 12:34 pm

        Who knows – could have been a total wind up story for all I know?!

         
  8. mami2five

    June 26, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    A great review, shall have to look out for this book when I get to the bottom of my very large pile already built up! Thanks for linking up with #sundaystars

     

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