Since the previous book I had read wasn’t quite as light-hearted as I had wanted I decided to stick to my goal of reading something with a little humor. So I browsed my shelves looking for a book that would fit this need.
Finding Audrey is written by Sophie Kinsella. It follows a teenage girl named Audrey who suffers from an anxiety disorder. Due to the disorder she rarely leaves her house, except to see her therapist, and always wears large black sunglasses. One day she meets Linus, who is on a gaming team with her brother. To her own surprise she is able to connect with Linus in a way that she hasn’t been able to for a while. Her connection with him helps her recovery move along and heal not only herself but also her family.
At first glance this does not seem like the type of book that would be funny. You read the words “anxiety disorder” and you don’t think humor. However, Kinsella does an amazing job at reminding you that just because someone is diagnosed with a disorder it does not mean they are all that different from the rest of us. Audrey’s family was one of my favorite parts of the book. Her mother read the Daily Mail like the bible and was always trying some new trend she read about. During the book she became convinced that her oldest son had a computer addiction. It was so realistic because it is something that a lot of people have probably seen in their own families.
The book never explained why Audrey suffered from an anxiety disorder. She would reference the incident a few times through out the book but they never explained exactly what had happened. It didn’t seem like it would really disrupt the story that much until one scene near the end. At that point I would have liked the background knowledge of what had happened to better understand the interaction between some of the characters. However, the book was more focused on Audrey’s recovery and moving on with her life so I could understand why Kinsella did not want to include that information in the book.
Overall, the book was a funny story on Audrey’s recovery and her own family’s recovery. It was really a great book to read that gave a new perspective to anxiety disorders.
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