Friday, 7 July 2017

Books - Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

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Genre:   YA, Fiction
Author:  Sophie Kinsella
Format: Kindle

Finding Audrey is about a young girl who has been bullied so badly that she is now practically a prisoner in her own home. She is struggling with depression and anxiety and is desperately trying to get back to the way things were. Along the way, she happens to meet a boy who wants to help guide her.

Sophie Kinsella has a gorgeous writing style. I always get so involved with the character and her world and Finding Audrey was no exception. I just couldn't put this book down. I finished reading it at 2.30am and only then could I go to sleep! Luckily, this book is a bit shorter than her usual novels.

I can't believe that this is only Kinsella's first venture into writing YA fiction, it seems such an obvious match. I really hope that she'll be bringing out more.

There were some heavy topics brought into the lime light throughout this story, but Kinsella managed to talk about them in such a heartfelt way. By the end of the first chapter I felt a very connected to the character, by the middle I felt very protective in a big sisterly way and by the end I knew she'd be fine all by herself.

The introduction to the family was hysterical! I found Audrey's realisation that her situation affects the people around her just as much as it affects her was beautifully done. The description of her body language throughout the book was a nice touch. But what I liked most was that we never find out what happened to her. At the beginning, I was desperate to know what had happened, even half way through I just had to know! But it wasn't until the next day that I realised we never actually find out and I think that is down to the pure finesse of Kinsella's storytelling. It makes the point that Audrey's Councilor is trying to make - don't dwell on the past. I think this works so well.

Overall this is a beautiful story. Everyone has been bullied or suffers from anxiety to some extent. Maybe not to this extreme, but the morals still stand.

Let me know if you've read this book and what you thought in the comments below!

Happy reading! xxx  

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