Over the past few days I have absolutely blazed through Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella for the 2017 Reading Challenge. This novel had been sitting on my shelf since its release 18 months ago, but it was its inclusion in the Zoella Book Club that finally convinced me to pick it up (and subsequently devour it).
Title: Finding Audrey
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Category: #27 A book with a title that’s a character’s name
“I think what I’ve realized is, life is all about climbing up, slipping down, and picking yourself up again. And it doesn’t matter if you slip down. As long as you’re kind of heading more or less upwards. That’s all you can hope for. More or less upwards.”
Finding Audrey is the story of self-titled protagonist, Audrey, and her battle against crippling anxiety. Housebound following a life-changing incident at school, Audrey’s world exists solely within her immediate family, that is until her older brother Frank brings a friend over.
The novel features some important themes, including mental health issues, bullying and friendship. The characters are well developed, and each has distinct flaws, making them much more relevant.
Whilst the story arc and resolution to the novel were predictable, the characters were wonderfully created and allowed the story to progress in a natural manner. Additionally, the supporting characters played bigger than anticipated roles, which was pleasantly surprising. This was my first read by Sophie Kinsella, but I will definitely be exploring more of her works – I’ve heard many good things about the Shopaholic series!
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