Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 9th, 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary
Audrey can’t leave the house. she can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.
Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.
I read this book almost in one sitting, when I could feel a reading slump coming, so it cured me of that pretty quickly. I had never read any Kinsella before, so I wasn’t aware of just how funny she can be–and this book was pretty damn funny. I laughed out loud multiple times, especially at Audrey’s mom’s antics.
That was actually one of my favourite parts of the whole thing–just how funny and involved Audrey’s parents are in the book. On the one hand, I totally understand that this is a YA novel and probably shouldn’t have so much parental stuff, but on the other I love that it had so much crossover appeal. I think this is a book that teenagers would love for the teenage characters and that adults would love for the parents’ side of it. We don’t get their POV, but so much of the novel seemed to be about what it is like to be parents of teenagers that I can’t help but think that my mom would probably get a kick out of it.
I also loved the little video/documentary script sections. Those were probably my favourite and the funniest bits, even if they didn’t always move the story along and just existed for humour.
This book was really fun and adorable, and it only lost a star because sometimes it felt a little forced? Especially the end/climax, which went in a different direction than I expected. And that section being in script format did not really work, even though I don’t know how else it could have been handled. Anyway, so I’m that person pointing out a minor issue and offering no solution, sorry!
That’s about all I gotta say? I really did enjoy this book. And I especially loved that we never really find out exactly what happened to Audrey at school, because ultimately, it doesn’t matter.
Have you read this or anything else by Sophie Kinsella?
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