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Monday, 18 May 2015

Book Review: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

About the book:

Title: Finding Audrey
Published by: Doubleday books
Published on: June 4, 2015
Genre: Young Adult
Rating:  5/5
A laugh-out-loud romance from the bestselling author of the Shopaholic series.

Meet Audrey: an ordinary teenage girl with not so ordinary problems.

Aside from her completely crazy and chaotic family, she suffers from an anxiety disorder which makes talking to her brother's hot new best friend a bit of a challenge.
But Audrey has a plan to help her face her fears and take on the world again. First stop: Starbucks
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

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.

About the author

Madeleine Wickham (born 12 December 1969) is a bestselling British author under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. Educated at New College, Oxford, she worked as a financial journalist before turning to fiction. She is best known for writing a popular series of chick-lit novels. The Shopaholic novels series focuses on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her own finances. The books follows her life from when her credit card debt first become overwhelming ("The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic") to the latest book on being married and having a child ("Shopaholic & Baby"). Throughout the entire series, her obsession with shopping and the complications that imparts on her life are central themes.

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My Review:
This story is all you could wish for. Sophie Kinsella needs no testament in my review for her exceptional story-telling and narration. Changing the genre has not affected her style and exceptionally endearing quality of work even an inch.
So, it is the story of Audrey and her family. And Linus.
Her family has of course, her mother and father. These characters couldn't have been any more relatable. Hilariously relatable is more like it. The mother is always about to burst- with rage/anger/fury/love/care.
The father is busy (always) in working and couldn't care less for the rebuke and reprimand he gets, along with the kids. There are three: Audrey is the middle child, flanked by Frank, the older one, and Felix a four-year old bundle of cuteness.
The mother, although always at the tipping point of going to ashes with her anger, is so adorable in all the admonishments she churns out, her bewilderment in dealing with the kids, her eccentricities, her sacrifices, her volubility.
More than half of the times, it is Frank's obsession with video games
and then there's Felix who greets most life events with disbelieving joy.

I have not even started talking about the story and narration. I could literally scream (fangirl-scream, mind you) about how beautifully and flawlessly the dialogues and conversations have been made up. I LOVED it. And then there's of course the plot: Audrey is battling depression, Frank wants to compete in the LOC video game tournament, Felix is a happy presence wherever he is. Frank's friend Linus comes over to play LOC, and as you may have guessed is the happy companion for Audrey to get through the most difficult phase of her life.
Here's a little warning: Linus is your next book boyfriend. I'm pretty sure about this. He is going to be your next BBF, even before you realise it. And when the book is over, you'll realise you are pining for him.
With all her knack for wit, sass, sensitivity, humor, tragedy, heart-warming stories, quirk, Kinsella's exploration for exploration for teenage mental health, and depiction of the after-effects of bullying couldn't have gotten any better.
As it ends, the only pain I feel is that there wasn't enough time for me to say goodbye to these lovely characters.
And, after you have read the book, do take out two minutes, to admire and appreciate how beautifully the author has come up with the title, drool at its aptness and be amazed at the sweetness of all the elements: the plot, characters, the dialogues, the sequence, the narrative, the pace.

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