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Finding Audrey, Review

13 Jun

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Plot: Audrey is a teenage girl who wears dark glasses all the time and hides in the house due to her anxiety and fear of conversing with other people. All we know in the beginning is that something happened not too long ago in the school year involving former friends and enemies that was so traumatic that Audrey now has terrible anxiety over the situation.

Then Audrey meets her brother’s friend Linus at home and through notes and texts and a gradual buildup of conversation and contact, she begins to make a friend and possibly even more than a friend. He seems to understand her feelings and encourages her to push herself outside of her comfort zone.

Though this may seem like the makings for a really depressing book, we have the comic relief from Audrey’s older brother to break the ice with his sarcasm and shenanigans. The book is also interspersed with pages that are written like a screenplay of Audrey’s life which add some humor as well.

Would you recommend this book? Yes. It was interesting to read about how debilitating fear and anxiety can be, and how if you’re not experiencing it yourself, you take even the simplest interactions for granted–such as eye contact with a cashier or saying hello to your neighbor when you pass by. While it means nothing to me or you, it could cause a panic attack in somebody else.

The only thing that bothered me was that I feel a few key details were left out overall that would explain how Audrey got to be in her situation in the first place. I suppose the point is that the past is the past and it doesn’t matter toward Audrey’s future, but I was still left with questions.

4 stars

–Jen

 

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