Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: E- book
Rating: 5 stars
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An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.
This review was written in March when I read the book.
I have previously read three of Sophie Kinsella’s novels and I loved every single one of them so as soon as I found out that she was writing a YA book, it immediately became one of my most anticipated books of 2015. Therefore, when I was approved for it on netgalley, I jumped at the chance to read it and I devoured the whole book in less than 24 hours.
How can I even begin to review this book? I must start by saying that it is unlike her other books. All three of her other books that I’ve read have all been fun and lighthearted but this one deals with a very serious topic so it is less fluffy. Which I feel like was an amazing thing because generally authors make their YA books more fun than their adult books. I must also applaud Sophie Kinsella for being able to write an amazing YA book after writing adult books for years. She seemed to get it spot on. Audrey’s voice was realistic of a teenage girl who is dealing with the issues she is dealing with.
This book had a lot of amazing points. I loved the fact that you don’t know the history of what happened to Audrey because it makes sense for her to not want to recount horrible times. I also loved the fact that it focused mainly on the family dynamic. There was a romance but the whole book was set in the house mainly and it worked on their relationship as a family. I loved how the whole family progressed in the book and I really enjoyed the fact that it didn’t just focus on Audrey but also on everyone around her.
I felt like Linus himself was slightly underdeveloped. I still don’t know much about him and I don’t know how he feels but I feel like this may have been intentional and it’s not a major complaint that I have.
I loved the inclusion of the script of the documentary in this as it made for a fun reading experience. Overall, I really strongly recommend this book because it deals amazingly well with social anxiety and it’s another amazing book from Sophie Kinsella. In fact this may be my favourite Sophie Kinsella book because I just loved it that much. Definitely go pick up a copy of this book and I look forward to reading any more YA books that Sophie Kinsella may write.