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!
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