This was my first time delving into one of Sophie Kinsella's novels but it's made me really want to read more of her work as I immediately fell in love with this book as it's so wonderful and beautiful.
Audrey - It's only right that we start with Audrey as she is the main character. In the book she is supposed to be 14 but I imagined her to be a couple of years older, more like 16 going on 17. Kinsella did a great job of designing the character Audrey in the way that she wrote and addressed the condition. She captured the feelings of anxiety, including the ups and downs. I liked the way that for once a character with anxiety wasn't portrayed as always being down and sad. I got the feeling that Audrey was quite a happy character but just like every human had her down days. Audrey will always hold a special place in my heart.
Audrey's Family - Audrey's two parents I found to be quite funny but also for quite a lot of people they are relatable. They support the whole 'Video games and computers ruin your brain' but in the end they begin to realise that's not always the truth. Audrey's dad was my favourite out of the pair as he never seemed to know what to do, in the sense that he never knew when he was supposed support his wife which caused her to always shout at him when he was to do so. Audrey's brother, Frank, is your typical young teenage boy as he obsessed with video games and cannot deal with being separated from his computer, which as you can imagine doesn't go down to well with his parents who are both against them.
Linus - Linus was the character that I was most worried for as he could seem to just appear and magically 'fix' Audrey, but really Kinsella didn't make him seem like that at all, which filled me with relief. Obviously, he did help her but not in the sense that he completely cured her. He was there when she didn't want to talk to her family or her psychologist. He was portrayed brilliantly.
Plot - I did have one minor problem with the plot and it's something that I'm sure other people would agree with and that was the ending felt a tiny bit rushed. As the 'argument/conflict' seemed to resolve and go back to normal a bit too quickly. I think maybe Kinsella could of squeezed out a few more chapters but apart from that I loved the book.
I loved how positive the book was about the topics such as anxiety and depression as a lot of people joke about these things when really these things are mental illnesses and can severely effect people, like it showed in the character Audrey who was too scared and nervous to leave her own home. I do suffer with anxiety, but obviously not nearly as severe as Audrey but I felt I really connected this book and therefore it will always hold a special place in my heart.
I absolutely loved what Kinsella did with this book and therefore I am so grateful that she wrote a book on these topics.
Rate : 5/5 Can't wait to read more Kinsella!
This month I read a total of nine books plus a preview of another! It's not as many as I would've liked but I was still working my way back from my reading slump so I didn't feel like reading as much.
Anyway, the books I read are :
Total Pages Read : 2829
Anyway, this month I read a lot of really great books but I have to say my overall favourite was probably Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella, which I have a review coming really soon for!
For the majority of the books which I read this month I have written reviews for and you can easily find them by clicking the Reviews category at the side of the page and they will all be there!
What was your favourite book you read this month? Let me know down below!
Recently, I've been looking at other bookish blogs and have been really inspired by the way they layout their blog and reviews. Therefore, I'm going to make some new changes, which you'll see very soon!
Anyway, I'm going to incorporate some of my ideas with others and hopefully end up with a better layout which will make this blog better!
The next few reviews I'm going to write will probably look quite different as I redesign the layout but more of you will probably like the new layout than the current one so it's for the best.
If you have any ideas then just leave them in a comment below.
1) Start of Summer - Pick a book with an attention grabbing first sentence! - When I was thinking about this there wasn't a specific book that stuck out in my mind therefore, I decided to do a bit of digging around in my Read and TBR collections of books and I found one which I picked just because it sounded funny but also quite unusual. I picked Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green, which I have not yet read but I think I'm going to put it on my September TBR pile. The sentence is : When I was little, my dad used to tell me, "Will, you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose but you can't pick your friend's nose."
2) Too hot to go out - Pick a book for a day in! - For this I picked The Pointless Book by Alfie Deyes as it has lots of puzzles and little things to complete and l think it would be a lot of fun to do when it's too hot to go out.
3) Summer Road Trip - Pick a book that you'd take on a road trip! - For this it was quite an easy decision to make and I picked Paper Towns by John Green as in the book they go on more than one road trip and also I picked it just because it's one of my favourite books this year.
4) Iced Tea Goodness - Pick a book with a cold setting! - I picked one of my recent reads for this and that is If I Stay by Gayle Forman as it's set in the snowiness of February.
5) Nasty Sunburn - A book you really disliked (so far) this year! - As I've read so many great books this year I found this challenge really hard but when I actually thought about only one book came to mind and that was Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I don't know what it was about this book that made me really dislike it but when I was reading it I just found myself really bored and not really wanting to carry on reading it.
6) Sizzling Read - Recommend one of your favourite books! - I would recommend Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell but I think so many people have read it already so my second recommendation would have to be The Art Of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson, I know that is also popular but I think less people have read it. They are both amazing and just my absolute favourites. JUST READ THEM!
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