Title: Finding Audrey
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Date Published: June 5th, 2015
Without a doubt, Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite authors. I love her quick wit and refreshing humour. Her stories, particularly the Shopaholic series, are feel-good books, often with ditzy, female protagonists. Perfect novels for a summer read.
This is why I was surprised to discover that she had delved into the Young Adult genre. Based on her previous novels, I assumed this would simply be another funny, romantic story told with much younger leader characters.
Finding Audrey was much more than that.
It’s a story told through the eyes of Audrey, a quiet teenager suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder. We work with her through her journey as she tries to overcome her fears and be “normal” once more.
We are introduced to her family who is actually lovely albeit quirky in some ways. I loved the fact that they were neither perfect nor so overboard with eccentricities that the characters would become unrealistic. I was impressed that despite how chaotic things could get at home, one constant emotion I drew from them, was their protective love for Audrey.
Audrey’s quest for normal highlighted an important life lesson to me, life isn’t a straight line graph heading straight up with no obstacles. It’s more akin to a jagged graph with ups and downs along the way. However, as long as the general direction is up, then we are making progress and that’s alright.
The story isn’t all sadness and life lessons. There’s a lot of laughter and romance of course. It wouldn’t be a Sophie Kinsella book without a bit of Romance! Linus, her love interest is a great kid who takes the first step to connecting with Audrey and helps her on her journey.
I did feel the manner in which some issues were resolved near the end was a bit feeble, but the story all came together and this is a book I will definitely recommend for summer.