I received this book at no cost from the publisherFinding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Published by Random House Childrens Books on June 9th 2015
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Marriage & Divorce, Social Issues, Young Adult
Audrey can't leave the house. she can't even take off her dark glasses inside the house.
Then her brother's friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again - well, Starbucks is a start.And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she'd thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.
Be prepared to laugh, dream and hope with Audrey as she learns that even when you feel like you have lost yourself, love can still find you . . .
All the Feels.
Audrey is a young teen with a few close friends at school and was a pretty happy. When the “incident’ occurred, she withdrew from school, had major panic attacks coupled with episodes of depression, all triggered by a group of mean girls that bullied her to tragic consequences. Although I never found out the actual thing that happened to Audrey, you can imagine it must have been pretty extreme to cause this outcome. She refused to leave the house, wear sunglasses at all time, even when interacting with her family. Her brothers tend to ground her, the older playing video games and scheming while the younger one is all innocence and sunshine. With her mother taking a leave from her job, is trying everything to get her daughter back to normal with a desperation boarding on obsessive.
Audrey is so stuck in her own world that the thought of anyone else has been excluded as she sees her therapist who tries to make her move outside that bubble of comfort be using a camera to interact since she can’t face people in real life. I couldn’t really get a good mental picture of her therapist, but I did like how she encouraged Audrey and found ways around the mental blocks that popped up for her. I think this story was a bit condensed compared to an actual event but it works since I don’t think any teen would want to read 600 pages on therapy.
This book is not depressing, nor is it a clinical look at anxiety and bullying at all. It was such a story that felt uplifting as Audrey made little strides in getting well. Her brother’s friend Linus, is the true hero of the story. He is patient and does the right thing for Audrey even though I don’t think he realizes it. YAY! Linus. We need more of that sort in this world. I can see why some people wouldn’t enjoy this since it is not all sparkly fun like Kinsella’s better known Shopaholic series. It reminded me a bit more of the books she writes under Madeline Wickham, which are a bit more dark but still have a lot of snark. This book really hit home for me since a similiar thing happened to my niece and she left school for a year because of “mean girls”.
Parents: You will want to read this as well since it should spark some great conversations about the aftermath of bullying. It is pretty clean with just a little bit of hand holding, some language and a kiss that was really, really necessary!
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