Saturday, June 25, 2016

Review: FINDING AUDREY by Sophie Kinsella

Rating: 2/5 stars

I almost gave up on this book three times within the first hour of the audiobook. But I didn't. I continued through the entire story and came out feeling like it did nothing for me.

I had been hearing so many good reviews about this book, so I was quite looking forward to it. I haven't read any books about mental illnesses or anxiety, and having anxiety myself, I was excited to read about it from someone else's point of view. But it just didn't deliver.

Finding Audrey is about a girl whose anxiety is so severe that she has to stay home from school, and she has to wear dark glasses, even around her family, because she can't look anyone in the eye. She goes to a therapist, Dr. Sarah, who tells her to film a documentary about her daily life, and so she does. Meanwhile, her brother has a video game obsession and constantly has friends over playing video games with him. One of these friends is Linus, who Audrey eventually falls for. He helps her through her anxiety, but that was just so unrealistic. Falling in love does not make mental illnesses suddenly disappear. In fact, most of this book seemed unrealistic to me.

I had a hard time connecting to any of the characters. The story felt somewhat juvenile, and that might be because the main character was fourteen, or it might be because both of Audrey's parents acted like children. Either way, I did not enjoy this book or its writing style, so I most likely won't be reading anything else by Sophie Kinsella.

Also, the voice of the audiobook narrator was irritating, shrill, very British, and highly unenjoyable. So if you plan to read this book, I recommend actually reading it and not listening to it.

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