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Book Review: Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella.

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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Posted by on June 7, 2015 in Books


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Book Review: Shopaholic On Honeymoon, by Sophie Kinsella.

Book Review: Shopaholic On Honeymoon, by Sophie Kinsella.

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What a lovely surprise I had when I saw Sophie Kinsella had released a short story that I wasn’t expecting…. and it was FREE! (on Amazon Kindle).

It is a very short story about how Becky and her Husband Luke have arranged to go on honeymoon for a year. Becky has planned the whole trip, and Luke  is going along with Becky’s plans.

It has Becky’s usual Shopaholic issues, she just has to buy these Murano glass goblets! and she just has to get souvenirs from here there and everywhere.

There are the lovable bits of Becky that all Shopaholic fans must love, Becky completely overreacts and makes some rash silly decisions. But that’s what makes these books so great. We love Becky and dreamy forgiving Luke too.

Its a very short story, but if you are a Shopaholic lover, then you will want to read it. If you haven’t read any Shopaholic books before, then this is a great little taster.

I loved it, and look forward to the next Shopaholic book……

If you liked this review, see my review of Shopaholic to the Stars here. 

Thanks for reading, let me know your thoughts if you have read or are intending to read this book.


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Posted by on December 24, 2014 in Books


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The Seven Deadly Sins.

The Seven Deadly Sins.



The Seven Deadly Sins.

With much thanks to Kristal and Charmaine at

The girls tagged me in this post and it looks lots of fun. I want to tag any other bookbloggers in this post that would like to follow it up.

Here are the deadly sins questions and my answers.


1. What is your most expensive book?

I don’t think I actually own any expensive books! I buy most of my books from charity shops. Plus I get them given as gifts, or I borrow them from the library.

Probably, my only expensive books are my travel guides.


2. What author do you have the most love/hate relationship with?

I had to think about this, but I decided on William Shakespeare!

I love to watch his plays in theatre, but didn’t enjoy his books when I had to read them in school. The language is ok to listen to and watch in theatre, but I found it difficult and not enjoyable to read.


 3. What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?

Actually, I don’t read many books at all more than once. There are so many good ones out there and my to be read list is so long (and continually growing), that I feel it would be a shame to read the same one again.

However, I did devour The Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella. I read the first one, and then read all the other ones straight away. I loved them. Go Becky Bloomwood!


4. Which book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

Well, I have to guiltily admit to this one!…..

The whole Harry Potter series! I have never read any of them. Initially they never really interested me, but since becoming a blogger I have heard so many people rave about these books, calling themselves ‘Potterheads’ etc. I have felt and said that I really should give them a go and see what all the hype is about. But, I haven’t…… yet!

OK, I will……. soon……. 😉 


5. What book do you most talk about in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

Actually, I don’t think I am an intellectual reader. I much prefer chick lit and easy reading. I have read plenty of Paulo Coelho books, so I guess they would be my ‘intellectual’ ones. I think they are quite philosophical, and I did enjoy them. 


6. What attributes do you find attractive in a male or female character?

Well, as you know I prefer chick lit, so I love a happy romantic ending. But for the characters have to be real to come across as attractive, they have to seem human. So mistakes are natural, as long as they have kindness, loyalty and humour. A tall dark and handsome leading man doesn’t go amiss either! Thinking Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver!


7. What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

 Well, the latest Sophie Kinsella is due out soon, Shopaholic to The Stars. I’d love to receive that. But I do have quite a long wish list, I love being given books as gifts, so I would be grateful for any! 



So, that’s all my answers. I hope you found them interesting and if you want to follow the tag then please let me know as I would love to read your answers too.

Thanks again to Charmaine and Kristal.



Posted by on September 22, 2014 in Books


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