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Finding Audrey

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It is built up to be this huge issue that the school failed to take control of, yet we are never exposed to what it actually is. I think it goes without saying that the ‘boy fixes girl’ trope is over done and highly problematic and just unrealistic. The mother was intense and annoying sometimes, but mostly I found her arguments with Audrey's brother, Frank, supremely funny. I don't personally think her symptoms would class as severe, but at the same time, everybody can feel and experience differently.

This book documents the recovery process of a teenage girl bullied enough to develop mental health problems (not a teenage romance although she does fall for her brother’s friend Linus and it’s adorable) it’s more about family and how they grow out of the hardships. She wears sunglasses at all times and now never leaves the house (she is in the middle of transferring to another school).

Anyway, Sophie Kinsella's writing style is great because it reads like one of those comedy tv shows and it also contains film scripts and notes that speed up and enhance the reading experience!

When I first began this, I was wary that her sense of humour wouldn't be able to translate into a YA novel with a teenage character, but I was wrong. Update: I reviewed/finished this a few days ago after having read it all in one day but as I sit here and plan the review and think about it more I realize it's not a 3 star read, but more of a 2 star read for me so I have lowered my rating accordingly. I've heard people complain about this book saying anxiety can't be fixed by a relationship, and I have to agree. Seven: compete professionally (for the game in the book, this seems like the natural final step because it seems like a very tournament-heavy game.Imagine you're this family's neighbor and everyday you can hear their fights, wouldn't that be a bit irritating? It felt lazy and unfinished, I think an actual anecdote about what happened would have strengthened the story. One of my main concerns when I started this book was that it would turn into another "love cures mental illness" tale. It’s easy to keep a poker face when you’re wearing dark glasses and a hoodie and you’re looking off to one side. In 2014 she published a Young Adult novel Finding Audrey about a teenage girl with social anxiety and her madcap family, and in January 2018, Sophie published her first illustrated book for young readers about the charming adventures of a mother-daughter fairy duo, Mummy Fairy and Me (also published as Fairy Mom and Me).

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