Book: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Chick Lit, Fiction
Date of Publication: June 9, 2015
Possible ranting ahead.
Hello again! It has been a while since I wrote a book review. I decided on a few things which I will share to you on a different blog post but for now, I just want to share to you how relieved I am that I am back to writing again.
Moving on, I first heard of this book from the English lifestyle blogger Zoella’s or Zoe Sugg ‘s (as she goes by her real name lately) book club picks for WHSmith UK back in 2016. Here is the link to Zoe’s Youtube video if you are interested to see her book recommendations: My Book Clubs Picks | Zoella
I recently picked up a copy of this book from Biblio. Upon seeing this I have to admit that I was excited to read this. So much so in fact that I decided to stop reading a Jane Austen book just to start on this one. And I love Jane Austen. Before I continue, this is what the book is about:
Audrey can’t leave the house. she can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.
Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable. (Goodreads)
It took me 15 days to finish this book. Not because I was busy, it was simply because the first few chapters of this book annoyed the hell out of me. Actually not just the first few chapters, it was up until almost half of the book. (And if we are friends in Goodreads and you saw my rants, I am so sorry.)
The first pages introduce me to the mess that is called the Turners aka Audrey’s family. I found them funny and annoying at the same time. The occasional bantering of each family members, especially Frank (Audrey’s older brother) and their Mom I find entertaining but as the story progresses the entertainment factor wore off. Every conversation sounded annoying and pathetic.
And Audrey. Where do I begin? I know she has some issues but I would have loved to know the root cause of it. At first, I thought that the author will either reveal it in the middle or at the end of the book. Or maybe she’ll slowly show us what happened. But nope! Fuck that! Here deal with Audrey and good luck finding out how she turned out that way. The only bit I found was that maybe, MAYBE, Audrey was bullied in school to the extreme that she ended up the way she is the beginning of the book. That was it. I wanted to rally beside Audrey but I can’t. There are times when I wanted to smack her with a slipper and tell her how stupid she is for doing those selfish decisions, and also remind her how lucky she was to be in a position wherein there are people loving her and supporting her during the darkest times. Plus having medical help. Not all people who suffer the same had such luxury, and yes I am speaking from personal experience.
Enough about the characters, what about the story? Despite me finding this an annoying read, I think this is a simple book. One can actually finish this in one sitting if said person chooses to do so. It was easy to follow, like a straight line. I didn’t see any ups, or maybe I just missed it. There are a few downs but I think that is vital to the story.
My rating for this book is 3 out of 5 stars. Despite the fact that I sounded that I hated this book, I still want to recommend this to people. This is a good book that will give you a glimpse inside the mind of someone with Audrey’s mental state. It’ll help you understand if you know someone who suffers the same thing, or relate to it if you happen to be in the same shoes. Or cheer and be annoyed by it if you survived the turmoil and you want Audrey to do the same.
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This is a long review. If you reach this part, thank you for reading! If you happen to read this book, what do you think? If not, will you read this? Let us chat in the comments below!
Don’t forget to grab your free printable bookmark before you go. (Only if you like it, of course) Finding Audrey Bookmark
Again, thank you! Have an awesome day ahead and as always, I’ll talk to you on my next blog post!