I decided to read Finding Audrey as one of my books during #SundayYAthon. I was not sure whether or not I would be able to get through too many books, so I have not really posted much about it. Just trying to do it at my own pace. Surprisingly, I plowed through this book. It was very heart warming and so well written. Here is my book review for Finding Audrey.
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
The story follows a girl called Audrey. A sufferer of a severe depression disorder. She cannot bare to leave the house, or even look at people. Audrey likes to wear dark glasses in order to ensure her safety and make sure she does not look into peoples souls.
“Most people underestimate eyes. They’re infinite. You look someone straight in the eye and your whole soul can be sucked out in a nanosecond. Other people’s eyes are limitless and that’s what scares me.”
Audrey’s family are a crazy bunch. Her mother is a fanatic of the Daily Mail, believing all of the news that it brings. From crazy diet tips to reading an article about “The eight signs your child is addicted to video games”. Which brings a rather twisted turn for Audrey’s brother, Frank, who is an avid gamer. Arguments arise between them with the amount of hours Frank spends on the computer and not participating in other activities like playing cards, or reading! She is incredibly eccentric with her decisions and sometimes unbearable, but she is still a loving mother and wife who just wants the best for her kids. Audrey’s father tries to agree with her mother and help with the rules she issues the children, but he also tries keep the peace in the house. They are a loud, hectic family but of course there is still love.
Defeating the inner demons of depression
Audrey worries about practically everything. She also gets upset and worried whenever a boy named Linus comes over to the house to play video games with her brother Frank. She gets herself into an episode and runs and hides. Over the course of time though, Linus tries to show Audrey that not everything is a scary ball of fear. Starting off with communicating through notes that her little brother brings back and forth between them.
Her doctor at a clinic that Audrey attends also tasks her with doing little tasks in order to try and build up her confidence. One of these tasks eventually involves a camera. She is told to start videoing her life for a documentary to show her doctor. Audrey is not too thrilled about the idea, but she is willing to try. From videoing little things like her house to eventually building confidence by interviewing members of her family. Once she has built a little bit more brave, she asks Linus if he wants to go to Starbucks for a coffee and to be interviewed. Audrey soon realizes that with the help of her family and Linus, there is more to life than being cooped up by a silly lizard brain that tries to tell her to be scared all the time.
Overall I really thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the progression of Audrey as a character. I could sympathize with her on a certain level cause I know that I have suffered from mild depression before. Not to extreme levels, but I know that feeling and it is not the greatest. All of the characters that Kinsella has created in Finding Audrey are super relatable and lovable. I especially loved Franks character. He was a character that I could really relate too because of being a gamer myself. I used to play for countless hours during the night. The conversations between Frank and his mother are just hysterical and made me laugh on so many occasions.
There were many moments during the book that made me want to cry, while other made be giggle snort. Finding Audrey is such a heartwarming book with lots of messages about depression and anxiety. The book shows that coping with depression is not easy, and there is no easy way to deal with it. You just need to try your best to cope and progress through the jagged lines of life.
“But Audrey, that’s what life is. We’re all on a jagged graph. I know I am. Up a bit, down a bit. That’s life.”
Flails out of 5
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella gets a wonderful 5 out of 5 stars. Well deserved!