Book Review | Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

I picked up this book for exactly two reasons: 1) The cover was really cool. 2) It was about a girl with anxiety. 

I was ready for this book to be a unique telling of an anxiety story. If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time, you will know I am extremely passionate about mental health and have suffered from a lot of anxiety myself. So, I am always interested to read books that speak on the subject. I like to hear other people's view points and am excited for people who don't suffer from mental illness to be educated on the subject. 

Back on topic, I picked up this anxiety related book! This is very much a young adult novel. Often times YA books are still nice for me as a 22-year-old to read. However, this book definitely felt like a young adult novel, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I would simply recommend it to a younger audience as opposed to folks my age. 

The way Kinsella describes anxiety and mental illness is very different from what I've experienced, but I think that's good. For someone who has experience many panic attacks and ups and downs, it's nice to read something about anxiety and depression that I haven't heard before. 

My criticisms: the author chose to leave out a lot of details that I think would have been helpful for the reader. It was obvious the author either was too lazy to incorporate these details, or didn't put enough thought into these elements to add them in. Either way, the book suffered from it and it felt a bit like a cop out.

The book also seemed to rush over some parts and spend to much time on other things. Without giving too much away, I would have liked some more detail in the weeks of her recovery. And not so much detail on her brother. Also, the love interest played way too big of a role in her recovery in my opinion. However, for a younger age group, I could understand why she wrote it that way and why it would be appealing.

I would give it a 3 out of 5 stars. If nothing else, it makes me happy to see more people writing about mental health issues, so I have to commend her for that.

On to the next book!


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