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Finding Audrey

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I think her recovery was too quick-- and the pace of this book just went too fast in general; there was a very unrealistic jump from "omg don't enter the same room as me" to "omg let's make out. The characters were so natural and realistic was easily able to imagine the sequences in front of my eyes. The dynamics Kinsella creates between the members of Audrey's family make this book very funny (and sometimes touching too). Her family are brilliantly drawn and her relationship with her brother's friend Linus is extremely touching, but it is the message of hope that resounds. Below us, on the front lawn, Frank is scampering about in his Big Bang Theory T-shirt, clutching his head and gibbering with panic.

But halfway through, with no loved ones by her side, she's able to make the 20-minute walk from her house to Starbucks. But Kinsella has definitely brought her wonderful sense of humor with the characters and the way they interact. Now what I thought this was going to be was a marriage between the two, because the subjects were so involved and set up in the beginning of the novel. I loved how this novel was also centred around family; parents and siblings and the bonds and fights they all share. It is a great way for young adults to gain an understanding of what it is like to have a mental illness and that people are not alone.And I can feel something new between us, something even more intimate than anything we've ever done.

But if you try to fight Felix, all you get is wails and screams and tantrums, and it all gets more and more stressy. Audrey’s tentative relationship with her brother’s friend Linus makes for a very sweet romance, while the story gives full weight to the pressures she’s facing. It was a quick, easy read, perfect to read in one sitting for those who actually can read the book in one sitting. The music on the sound system is too loud and the conversations around me are hitting my eardrums with a force that makes me wince, but I’m going with it instead of resisting. Her parents were hilarious, and the relationship she shared with her brother Frank reminded me a lot of myself and my brother.The ‘big reveal’ which has been eluded to throughout the book to build intrigued was odd and an unusual choice by the author to present it the way she did (don’t want to reveal it). She suffers from social anxiety, a condition I know about, but she also has a positive, quirky worldview and a great sense of humor. Audrey’s mother was quite crazy about the possibility of Audrey’s brother Frank being addicted to video games, and went to ridiculous lengths to try and stop him from playing. The mother was intense and annoying sometimes, but mostly I found her arguments with Audrey's brother, Frank, supremely funny. She wears sunglasses at all times and now never leaves the house (she is in the middle of transferring to another school).

I liked the romance - I don't feel it is anything special, but I was happy to see a supportive love interest that helps the main character in their recovery, yet isn't attributed to as the sole reason they begin to get better. Some of the anxiety lines made me tear up out of accuracy, and Frank's video game obsession mirrored how actual hardcore gamers are.

I can feel my heart pumping, but whether it’s because of the noise or the people or because I’m with a hot-looking boy, I don’t know. I think the reason she was hiding behind the dark glasses was justified and I liked that part about her. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start.

More development to the anxiety Audrey deals with, the story and the characters, but it does make for a lighthearted read with a message. We experience the nightmare which Audrey had to go through and the emotions are shown as being so deep and raw that they cut you deeply. Soy lectora de Sophie Kinsella desde sus primeras novelas y esta no me decepcionó, al contrario es un tema diferente que creo que se debería leer en las escuelas.This book is a sorry excuse for representation and I can not believe how atrociously the author handled this topic. The story is about a girl named Audrey who is suffering from a mental illness due to some incident in her school. My thoughts are speeding up and my pace is speeding up too, and I'm pulling at my arms, pulling at the flesh of my forearms, trying to. At the beginning of the book, Audrey needs to wear sunglasses and can't leave the house because of her anxiety.

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