Title: Finding Audrey
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publish Date: June 9, 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
# of Pages: 286
Buy it*: Amazon
(From Goodreads) 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.
Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 3
Pace – 3
Plot Development – 3
Ending – 3
Characters – 3
Enjoyability – 4
Ease of Reading – 4
Voice Acting – 4
Overall Rating – ⭐⭐⭐
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella is about a teenaged girl named Audrey and the social anxiety that plagues her and keeps her sequestered. When she’s introduced to her brother’s friend, Linus, she starts to come out of her shell and realize that being in the outside world isn’t so bad after all.
I enjoyed this book! While it had some serious themes, it was presented in a very cute and sweet way. The book was fun and lighthearted, which makes it a good beach read or a snack break in between reading heavy tomes. If you’re looking for something light, this book might be right for you.
The writing in Finding Audrey was good—quick and witty—and the pacing was decent. About halfway into the book, I thought the pace lagged a bit, but it still held my interest.
The overall story idea was wonderful. Audrey was a fantastic character, and it was nice to see her go from a timid mouse to someone who could approach strangers without having a meltdown. Audrey didn’t have an easy go of it, but she showed a lot of courage as she stepped outside of her comfort zone. I also liked what the author did with Linus’ character. Linus was really the pivot for Audrey—what she needed to turn her life around. It was fun watching their relationship grow over the course of the book.
While the story concept was great, I wish there had been more backstory on Audrey’s life before her breakdown. It was touched on briefly several times, but I never felt as though I got the complete story. I also thought Audrey’s mental illness seemed a bit too easy, meaning, she had extreme social anxiety that kept her inside, but as soon as she met a boy she liked, she suddenly got over it. Okay, it wasn’t that simple in the book . . . but it kind of was? I would have liked to have seen more of the mental struggle that I’m sure someone in that situation would have gone through. I know the book is pegged as lighthearted, but I think it was a disservice to not explore Audrey’s feelings a bit further.
The ending was cute. Everything was wrapped up nicely and came full circle for Audrey, Linus, her brother, and parents.
The characters in Finding Audrey were fun. While there wasn’t a whole lot of depth in the character development, you get to know Audrey’s character well. You also get a strong feel for Audrey’s brother, parents, and Linus. While I typically like books with more depth in character, I think it worked for this book. It helped keep the book light.
The narrators were perfect for the audiobook. I couldn’t have asked for better narrators. I especially appreciated the mom’s voice—she captured an exasperated mom flawlessly.
Overall, this book was a cute read! Yes, I know I only ranked it 3 stars, but I still enjoyed it and would recommend it to others in the market for a new audiobook or a quick read to take to the beach.
Have you read any books by Sophie Kinsella? Which was your favorite?
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