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Old 1st August 2019, 11:22
Chach Chach is offline
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Default Has anyone read Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella?

Here's my review:
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YA books are usually hard for me to critique, because they're not aimed at me. But this book is special; it talks to me as a mature adult, even though the narrator is a teenager.

Audrey suffers from a sort of social anxiety that's not like mine. In one sense, it's much worse. She hides away behind dark glasses and has panic attacks. But her social anxiety will pass. She's young - not a fully-formed adult - and she's getting the right help.

I even enjoyed the humour in this novel, especially in the way Audrey views the adults in her life. We have a lot to learn from books like this about our relationships with teenagers, but Audrey also learns that adults have valid reasons for behaving as they do.

Highly recommended.
Warning: Some readers didn't like the combination of mental illness and humour. Some didn't like the combination of mental illness and romance. Some didn't like the mother and thought her worry about her son's addiction to computer games was OTT.

I thought it worked well and would love to hear what you thought.
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Old 1st August 2019, 17:59
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Default Re: Has anyone read Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella?

I'm definitely going to check 'Finding Audrey' out. Thanks for the recommendation Chach
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Old 18th August 2019, 18:16
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Default Re: Has anyone read Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella?

I haven’t read her books, I’ll check it out
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Old 18th August 2019, 18:59
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Default Re: Has anyone read Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella?

Sounds like a good read! Her book jackets look like great fun, will have to look into reading them.
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Old 18th August 2019, 19:15
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Default Re: Has anyone read Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella?

I like her books!
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Old 18th September 2019, 11:30
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Default Re: Has anyone read Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella?

it was ok.

its positive how it touched on polarisation
how she felt wired or fatigued with no middle ground and that was expected due to adrenaline

mentioning of catastrophising and assumptions/mind reading

when the mum kept going off on one i always pictured/read it as if she was linda belcher from bobs burgers

as a teenager i only got told about fight or flight, its good that they wrote about freezing.

i kind of lost interest half way through once i realised with it being aimed at teenagers they would keep the ongoing fluffy current/tone, i carried on reading to see how the character got on in the end to see if/how they got better and even though externally (trying not to spoiler) things happened, internally, especially given the first person narrative and breaking of the fourth wall you dont really get that much development, it was as if the author had researched generic symptoms of anxiety and depression/ treatment then peppered them around with the words like and whatever, along with that years popular tv show/technology. i was looking forward to reading the book, as much as i've been a little disappointed it was nice and i'd read a sequel as it felt unfinished.
the dad character was really one dimensional.oblivious to whats happening around him being preoccupied with work and cars. i guess it fitted with the humour style and they had to keep the book length to a certain size.

the rhubarb bit was good with the darkness analogy

book spoiler

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Old 13th October 2019, 19:21
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Default Re: Has anyone read Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella?

Having now finished it I’d give it a 5.987 out of 10 for its depiction of the SA experience, something I don’t believe the author has any personal experience of so a decent stab at it. As for the humour, I loved it and am surprised some people didn’t like it for that reason, humour and serious issues can be effective bedfellows in the hands of a decent scribe, and Sophie Kinsella isnae bad at the craft.
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