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! :-)
I really enjoyed the narrator of this book. She did a great job and brought the characters to life. The story was entertaining and enjoyable.
As usual Sophie Kinsella writes a story that is relatable, somehow dealing with real issues in a light hearted manner. The narration of Finding Audrey by Gemma Whelan was genius and made for an excellent listen. She is extremely engaging; I enjoyed listening to this book a great deal.
A hilarious book with a family that is comical, Finding Audrey is one of the best books of 2015. It contains a clever, goal-oriented main character and plenty of humour. This book is a pleasant change from typical YA novels.
Finding Audrey is one of the funniest young adult books I’ve ever read! The main character, Audrey, is so sarcastic and constantly makes witty remarks that made me laugh out loud! Though the book may seem like a typical “sick-lit” novel, it doesn’t focus too much on Audrey’s anxiety. Whenever there is a sad moment in the book, a hilarious scene immediately follows it. Kinsella really knows how to pull at the reader’s heart strings and then turn it all around until your belly aches from laughter!
One of my favourite things about Finding Audrey is the family dynamic. Sophie Kinsella has created an amazing cast of characters in this book. Audrey’s family is actually pretty relatable. Her brother is obsessed with a popular video game and never takes his headphones out. The mom is over-protective and in love with The Daily Mail, a magazine offering advice that is false, unhelpful, and the rest of the family despises. She is probably one of my favourite characters in the book! Her lack of knowledge about popular culture is so entertaining to read about. She is also sharp-tempered, as the reader finds out in chapter one, when she tries to throw Audrey’s brother’s computer out the window.
I really enjoyed how Audrey has set goals for herself in an attempt to alleviate her fears. She tries to cure her anxiety by completing activities, such as going into Starbucks. Linus, her brother’s friend is also supportive and encourages her to go up to people and start a conversation of his choosing that is usually embarrassing and amusing. It is really incredible how everyone around her understands her condition and is so supportive of her and her decision to wear dark sunglasses. Finding Audrey is such a well-written book that readers will not want to put down!
Finding Audrey is a very quick read with only 288 pages that can be read in a single sitting. It is uplifting, which is a nice change from other YA novels. I strongly recommend this book to everyone looking for a lighthearted read.
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