I really enjoyed Finding Audrey, it’s a fun, fast read easy to fly through and leaves you with a smile on your face! This book is about 14 year old Audrey who suffers from severe anxiety, and her and her family’s commercial journey to her getting better.
As I said this book is a fun, fast read, full of short chapters, and film transcript chapters. I can see how maybe some readers wouldn’t like the film transcript chapters, but I personally loved them! I’d never read a novel that used that form of formatting and I really enjoyed it. Plus I feel like we learnt more about the family, in those scenes then in any of the normal chapters. It was also noticeable while reading this book, that dialogue far outweighed story, making it so easy to fly through.
This book is marketed as a book dealing with mental illness, but if I’m going to be honest I didn’t really ever connect with Audrey’s anxiety. This may be attributed to book being more dialogue then story, we got very little interpersonal reflection from Audrey about her illness, making it harder to understand and connect with it on an intellectual or emotional level. Plus throughout the entire novel, the incident that triggered Audrey’s anxiety, is alluded to but never explained. We know the theme of the incident, but I guess I was expecting a flash back scene, or a film transcript scene explaining it – or something! Especially since the clues about it start to be dropped from like the first chapter, it built my suspense and then never delivered. It was a tad frustrating.
I loved the family dynamic in this book! This book is so, so family centred! Which is brilliant! The parents may be a tad caricatured but in a way that was so entertaining to read. The parents, especially Audrey’s mum is so funny! Truly charming and hilarious. I loved her brother, which is such an accurate depiction of an older brother – right amounts of caring and annoying. The family in Finding Audrey goes through its on growth and I found that lovely to read.
I loved that the romance between Audrey and Linus isn’t the main focuses of this novel but a lovely side story which was so enjoyable to read. He is great, and loving and together they are so CUTE!
Overall, I really, really liked Finding Audrey! It’s my first Sophie Kinsella novel (and I think it may be her first YA novel) but I’m definitely interested in giving the rest of her work a try. This book is funny, charming and heart-warming!