'Finding Audrey' by Sophie Kinsella
Synopsis: ‘ 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.’
Sophie Kinsella tackles the heavy issue of mental illness with finesse in this book, ‘Finding Audrey’. Audrey suffers from extreme anxiety and cannot leave the house. She fell ill after a crisis at school. We are never informed in depth as to what happened, but it is inferred that bullying was at the heart of the incident. As a reader I do wish I knew what happened, but I think not knowing the exact details enhances the story.
The story of Audrey focuses on the present and her improvement in health and does not deal with the past. It is told with humour and sensitivity. I think the lightheartedness helps the reader understand this serious issue.
A very enjoyable story, a fun and fast read.
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