From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.
An anxiety disorder disrupts 14-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.
©2015 Sophie Kinsella (P)2015 Listening Library
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
I found this novel amusing. I like the cleverness of the story. The supporting characters made it work. This is not ha ha funny, but a steady under-current of chuckles. I also liked that Kinsella never dug into the darkness of the event but explored the aftermath.
If you like heart warming amusing YA novels this one is for you.
I do not know why this was rated so high. I can only guess that some of the lower reviews were suppressed and not posted. I love Sophie Kinsella books, but this book is neither funny nor well-written. The first half doesn't even deal with the title character. So, if you want to listen to a shrewish mother screaming at her sullen teenage son about how he plays too many video games, then this is the book for you. AND if you want to believe that mental illness can be cured by finding a cute boyfriend, then again, this is the book for you.
As someone who has actually dealt with anxiety and depression, I found this book ridiculous and repugnant. If the audience is the young adult crowd, then Kinsella is sending younger girls the message that boys can fix anything! Just find a boyfriend and you'll be cured. You'll like yourself again and you'll be happy, and your anxiety attacks will magically disappear!
However, the book isn't written for young adults. Audrey's mother is more of the main character than Audrey herself, and the unfunny plot is more about Audrey's parents dealing with her brother than with Audrey. Because the bullying incident that precipitated Audrey's anxiety and agoraphobia is never described or explained, you get the idea that her problems are caused by her parents... because they should be blamed for everything, apparently.
Further complicating the listen is that the majority of the book is read by one actress. However, there are occasional breaks featuring Audrey's "film" where other people read. The difficulty is that the film transcript portions don't differ in tone at all from the rest of the first-person narration. In these portions, there are different voices reading, except that the woman doing the primary narration reads the "screen directions," but does not seem to read for Audrey and the brother's voice is deeper than the father's, which is bizarre, since he's supposed to be a younger teen. The film transcript portions are exceedingly annoying. I don't like full cast recordings, typically, and I wish this had been listed because the device does not work.
Loved the storyline about a teenage girl dealing with depression & anxiety. I'm a 43 yo wife & mother and I can really relate to this book and wanting to be isolated. Great job, Sophie!! Another great read!
This book was incredible! I found it to be enjoyable despite the fact that I am not a young adult reader. I initially consider the book because I am a fan of so if you can Cella, however when I read the description of the book I was curious because I myself have anxiety and depression.
I learned a surprising amount about my disorder as well as my boyfriends who also suffers from social anxiety generalized anxiety and depression. I would recommend this book to any teenager who has mental illness, or knows anyone with mental illness. As a matter of fact I think this would be one of those books that should be read in eighth or ninth grade English classes. It truly is an amazing view into a young woman's mind and how she deals with her problems it is also a fantastic porch rail of the consequences of bullying on those who are bullied. Not only that, but it is the story of a journey of the family trying to find their way, and trying to do what's best for each other. Overall this is a great read! :-)
My teenage daughter and I listened to this book on the way to school every day. We thoroughly enjoyed everything about it. Great for early teens or tweens.
Am a book reader who have to many books and to little time to read them. I love humor, slow burn romance, and fast pace story.
I loved the family for how dysfunction they were. I get it mom not working taking care of her daughter so she goes a little crazy. Obsession over things that are petty and not a big deal. A father who keeps his head down and just agrees with his wife. Then we have Frank the older brother who loves his live action games to the pains of his mother. He is also a teen so rebelling is a must. Then we got the baby of the family Felix who was there to help with tension.
I liked the friendship between Linus and Audrey. The way he helped her get the courage to talk to strangers was some of the best parts. How it started with a note to daring each other to have some pointless conversations with people. Plus, with him being a bit geeky helped in my enjoyment of his character.
Love the siblings and how they reacted to each other. Of course, they fought like all siblings do but when Audrey needs them they lead a helping hand.
The romance wasn’t my cup of tea. Like I said I enjoyed the friendship between Linus and Audrey was good but when it went into the romance it dropped the ball. It was rushed and just went ridicules even if there was some cuteness in the relationship itself.
Then we have the whole fact that we don’t know how Audrey got ill. It was nothing but how crazy her family was. Also, I don’t like how Audrey handled everything when she was getting better.
She thought it was just a done thing but it doesn't work like that as she quickly discovers.
THE AUDIO VERSION:
To tell the truth I may not have read this if it wasn't told to me. I have plenty of issues with contemporaries which is the reason I don't read them often. So, when picking this up for my Around the Year in 52 Books I was hesitant. So, I enjoyed the narration and how it brought the story more enjoyable to get through. The narrator just brought more to this crazy family then what I may have gotten by reading so I enjoyed it more. Plus, it was a six hour listen so it didn’t take me that long.
Like most contemporaries, it wrapped up where everyone has grown somewhat for the better. Even though I never did find out what happened to Audrey I say this is still a good quick book to get into. This was my first completed read from this author and I’ll try more of her books in the future.
I am a real Sophie kinsella fan and really appreciated the insight into what it means to have social anxiety and depression. Great book!
This book (audiobook) was ok. There were definitely some funny parts especially if you're doing the audible version vs the text version.
It did feel like the book revolved more around Frank's video game addiction and his mother's obsession with his addiction more than Audrey herself. I would have wanted to know more about what happened to Audrey to cause her mental breakdown and what happened in the days leading up to where the book started. I wasn't a fan of having a boy essentially "solve" her anxiety either. I mean in reality, what would happen if the boy who pulled her out of her darkness ended up not being a permanent part of her life in the long run.
All in all this one won't be a book I would really recommend.
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