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. – Synopsis taken from goodreads
Sophie Kinsella has written a fantastic book about Mental illness, anxiety and depression.
Finding Audrey shows the good and bad sides to Mental illness and the ignorance and stigma still surrounding it. Is it to much to ask people to educate themselves on subjects before they form an opinion and put people down with it? I think not.
I felt the portrayal of depression was honest and not sugar coated which I appreciated
“The trouble is, depression doesn’t come with handy symptoms like spots and a temperature, so you don’t realize it at first. You keep saying “I’m fine” to people when you’re not fine. You think you SHOULD be fine. You keep saying to yourself: “Why aren’t I fine?”
Some of the lines were just so unbearably sad and relatable it’s hard not to quote
“Sometimes I hope I’m building up a stockpile of missing laughs, and when I’ve recovered, they’ll all come exploding out in one gigantic fit that lasts twenty-four hours.”
The relationship aspect in Finding Audrey wasn’t a big deal for me and I could of loved this story without it, Linus is cute and gives Audrey the push she was needing but he made me worry that he would cause Audrey to have another breakdown if something were to happen.
My favorite scenes were the appointments with Dr. Sarah and the Film Documentary! I loved how she could open up with her Doctor and they had an amazing relationship.
“But, Audrey, that’s what life is. We’re all on a jagged graph. I know I am. Up a bit, down a bit. That’s life.”
Also her commentating on what was happening around the house and filming insignificant things was really funny.
All in all this book is a fantastic and truthful book, there’s no amazing romance or huge revelation but there is fantastic narration, a great MC that has fantastic personality, and it tackles big issues in a upfront way.
This book was a 3.8 / 5
I would recommend it to a younger audience as I feel they will be able to relate to Audrey a lot more then I could.
Side note – Mental illness may not have visible signs such as spots or strips! but it is an illness just like how chicken pox is an illness. We all have spouts in our life when things just seem a bit to much and we’d like to hibernate and some more then others.
Talk to people, ask your friends how they are doing and if there okay.
I have been pulled back into real life before by my friends and family as I tend to escape from the struggles of everyday life not by wearing dark glasses but pouring myself into books and make believe worlds. As fun as living in books is we need to surface and address the problems before they escalate and becoming something we can’t run away from.
Have you read Finding Audrey or is it on your TBR? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!