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.
Mental illness and anxiety disorders hit close to home so I was interested to see how Kinsella would approach the subject. I’ve never actually read one of her books before, but I know that she is famous for her humour.
And Finding Audrey was full of humour. And I am a big fan of dealing with difficult issues with laughter, so I appreciated this about the book. It was an easy to read, entertaining book for teens about a girl named Audrey who, after an incident at school, succumbs to terrible anxiety and depression. These are real issues for both kids and adults, so I am happy to see a mainstream author broaching the subject.
I like that Audrey went up and down in her recovery. However, some of the “ups” seemed a bit too easy, especially her relationship with Lionel. I also found Audrey’s mother to be a bit over the top when dealing with her brother and during Audrey’s doctor appointments.
Overall, I did enjoy the book, though parts of it didn’t sit right with me. There are still some good messages: that everyone’s life goes up and down, bullying has terrible consequences. anxiety is real and needs to be treated as such, most people don’t know what to say but being there can help, and support is important.
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for an honest review.