Finding Audrey

Finding Audrey

eBook - 2015
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling 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 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.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780385685009

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Library_Jill Oct 11, 2017

A sweet story about teen life, anxiety, first love, and family love. This was a fun and funny read that managed to paint a realistic picture of recovering through mental illness, while not feeling heavy. Where "Challenger Deep" allowed me to experience the "descent" into mental illness from the main character's perspective, "Finding Audrey" allowed me to experience the recovery journey from Audrey's perspective, and also see how the family coped not only with the illness, but with the rest of life that is going on around them as well.

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Yassi2004
Jul 08, 2017

Finding Audrey was a great book with a nice climax and a good ending, for example when Audrey went to see Izzy was when she reached her climax in the book. I would recommend this book to people who like YA and people who want to read a book with a moral.

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darcylynnepst
Dec 19, 2016

This was a good book and a fast read. However, there were some details in the story that were left out about what happened to Audrey before the book started. I assume this was on purpose and for us to use our imagination, but I would have loved to hear more of the backstory that caused her the issues the book talks about.

PinesandPrejudice Nov 05, 2016

This was a fun, easy read. I appreciated how they discussed mental health and some of the therapy techniques. I also enjoyed the family dynamic and the way the novel was structured with the screenplay aspect. However, I disliked how it was messily tied up in the end. It felt like everything was too easily resolved and the climax was lame. So a good read, just don't go into it expecting too much.

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trosado
Sep 23, 2016

I read this after my 16 year old daughter read and enjoyed it. It definitely was enjoyable. Not a 5 star read, b/c I feel that the reason for Audrey's "condition" should have been revealed in more depth. Maybe that was to keep it lighter, though. There were some great LOL moments and I found the family funny and realistic. I haven't read other Sophie Kinsella books so I can't compare the quality. Yet, for a light YA romantic comedy, this is a great book.

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Tinaandbecca123
Aug 10, 2016

This was a good book that was quite interesting. I liked the theme getting through the tough things. Audrey learned that everyone has their ups and downs, but it is normal as long as you are mostly going up. I have not read a book like this before and I would recommend this book to practically anyone.

Part funny, part romance, part silly, but with some unexpected depth. You will both love and be annoyed with Audrey's quirky family. And you'll definitely be rooting for Audrey to overcome her anxiety so she can get together with dreamy Linus. A fantastic audiobook, complete with British accents.

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jmli
Aug 04, 2016

This was a good book for me. The characters were all loveable, and there was an interesting storyline.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 02, 2016

Finding Audrey is Sophie Kinsella’s first Young Adult book and the first Sophie Kinsella book that I have read. This is a book that I had heard a lot about, lots of my friends told me that they loved it and I can definitely see why. Finding Audrey deals with some serious topics like mental illness, but it is also a very funny book. Sophie Kinsella did a good job of finding a balance with  this book, she made the book  funny without taking away from the seriousness of the topics that are dealt with. This book is a book that I feel everyone can connect with, everyone can find a character in this book that they can relate to or that reminds them of someone that they know. This book has made me eager to read more of Sophie Kinsella’s books and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves a good contemporary book. 5 Stars.
- @bookworm of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

How would you feel if you suffered from social anxiety disorder, general anxiety disorder and depressive episodes? Today, in this time and age, it can be very hard to cope up with mental disorders. Sophie Kinsella magically makes a potpourri of comedy, romance and mental health into a wonderful creation called “Finding Audrey”. Kinsella is the bestselling author of the “Shopaholic” series. Audrey is an average teenager who attends a high school in England. After traumatic experiences from being bullied by classmates, she has trouble talking to anyone, including family members. She wears dark glasses everywhere just to avoid eye contact with people. Audrey has gone through some pretty bad experiences with people so she just avoids anything social or interactive. This book describes how she gets better and sometimes worse with the help of her not exactly “normal” family members. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone 13 and over. The only thing that keeps me from recommending it for 11 and 12 year old is the language in the book that can get quite coarse sometimes. I loved this book and I am sure you’ll love it too.
- @WizardingInitiate of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The main character in the book is Audrey. She is 14. Audrey faces a lot of struggles and tries to overcome them with the help of her doctor. She has an anxiety disorder that takes over her life. She is too afraid to leave her home despite her parents' best efforts. Audrey meets a boy who visited her home. The two become very good friends. He tries to encourage her to leave her home and experience life outside. The two enjoy many experiences together. They developed a very strong bond. I really enjoyed how Audrey’s boyfriend tries to help her and the experiences they shared together. I really wanted to know how the story ends, I couldn’t put the book down. I really liked how the book discussed mental health and how to treat it. Overall I really enjoyed this book and had a couple of good laughs. I would recommend reading this book. I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5.
- @reviewsbyjessie of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

LoganLib_Kirra Jun 17, 2016

I loved this book about fourteen year old Audrey and her struggle with depression, anxiety and bullying. It was a super quick read because it's too interesting to put down. The book explores important issues since depression and anxiety are so common in teenagers and helps you relate while you explore Audrey's road to recovery.

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Aug 13, 2016

The pathway of recovery that a girl (suffering social and anxiety disorders) undergoes, finding love along the way.

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Aug 04, 2016

“I think what I’ve realised is, life is all about climbing up, slipping down, and picking yourself up again. And it doesn’t matter if you slip down. As long as you’re kind of heading more or less upwards. That’s all you can hope for. More or less upwards.”

“It won’t be forever. You’ll be in the dark for as long as it takes and then you’ll come out.”

LINUS: "If rhubarb needs time in the dark, maybe you do too."
AUDREY: "I think your smile looks like an orange segment."

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