Title: Finding Audrey
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publication Date: June 9th 2015
The Plot: Summarized
Audrey, along with her family and a bit of help from Linus, battle everyday hurdles to get through her anxiety.
This book, you guys! This book! I loved it! The characters, the way it’s written, everything!
I had serious high hopes for this book. It’s the first book I’ve come across that not only discusses anxiety but it’s the main character who suffers from it and for the longest time I stared at it sitting in my audiobook library. I so wanted to get to it but at the same time was terrified as I didn’t want to be let down because hello this is Kinsella. Kinsella. The contemporary Queen.
But now that I think about it, I don’t know why I was so worried. Because hello this is Kinsella. Kinsella. The contemporary Queen.
Here’s a list of what I loved about this book in no particular order,
- It didn’t rosy up anxiety. It didn’t make it sound less serious than it is and I (and all the anxiety havers who read it, I’m sure) appreciated that.
- The way Audrey speaks is so relatable and real. She hits on all the things that I’m self-conscious about. On all the things I obsess on. And because of that, I understood her and what she was going through.
- While I did appreciate Linus’s efforts, and I do admit that he played a role in helping Audrey get through her anxiety, he shouldn’t be looked at as if he’s the reason she got better. People shouldn’t think that falling in love suddenly cures you of all your issues and I’m so bloody glad Kinsella made that clear.
- That coconut ice cream scene is the best thing ever.
- Finding Aurdey is written in both a present tense timeline and film transcripts that Audrey’s psychiatrist, Dr. Sarah, tells her to film. I love books written in more than one format and what made this one even more special is how the audiobook translated these two formats. Throughout the main plot line, one narrator enacted all the characters and she did a fantastic job. She did all these different accents and ways of speech for each character and even though I found it to be brilliant, I enjoyed the film transcripts even more. They had more than one narrator in the film transcripts and that worked so, so well. I especially loved Frank’s (that’s Audrey’s brother) voice actor. I have a bit of a crush on him, actually. 😛
I loved how supportive they were. Audrey’s Mum continuously made me crack up and because of that she’s probably my favorite character.
I really liked Linus. He was such fun to have around and his interactions with Audrey were super adorable. I wanted to hear more about his grandmother but since this book is mainly about Audrey and her family, I can see why his personal life wasn’t tackled too.
I’m so glad that this book lived up to my expectations!
Recommended to: Those with anxiety who want to read a book where they find themselves portrayed but still want a light, fluffy read. And to those who don’t have anxiety but are interested to know more about it.