Rating: 5/5 Stars
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 WAS SUCH A GOOD BOOK. I appreciated the fact that it was a light hearted book that still dealt with a serious topic like mental illness and did it in a respectful way! Even though this book does deal with some serious topics relating to mental health, I felt it handled those elements very well and managed to stay lighthearted and fun. I really enjoyed the humor, and my initial reaction after finishing this is that I want to read more Sophie Kinsella ASAP!
One of my favourite things about this book is that it’s about one of those families – loud, crazy, often torn apart by arguments, but ultimately very close and loving towards one another. The dynamics Kinsella creates between the members of Audrey’s family make this book very funny (and sometimes touching too).
The storyline in this was really funny! Audrey’s mother was quite crazy about the possibility of Audrey’s brother Frank being addicted to video games, and went to ridiculous lengths to try and stop him from playing. I loved Audrey’s take on her mother’s addiction to The Daily Mail, and the way this book made me laugh!
One of my main concerns when I started this book was that it would turn into another “love cures mental illness” tale. I hate that damaging and untrue message. But, though Linus offers support and friendship to Audrey, the author doesn’t allow that message to seep through. Kinsella shows recovery from mental illness as a long process of two steps forward and one step back. Even at the novel’s close, Audrey has not been miraculously cured.
This book is the perfect read for those who are in need of a little laugh, yet still want to be connected to the realistic fiction. It is short to, so it is the perfect quick read for a rainy day!
-Read On Darlings!