“I think what I’ve realized is, life is all about climbing up, slipping down, and picking yourself up again. And it doesn’t matter if you slip down. As long as you’re kind of heading more or less upwards. That’s all you can hope for. More or less upwards.”
― Sophie Kinsella, Finding Audrey
Disclaimer: I didn't like this book. And now, I'm not one to be very negative about books; I obviously enjoy and appreciate books very much. But our views and opinions will (probably) be different, and that's okay! You can agree with me or not. But remember: annaish is a safe space, this is my review and my thoughts. I'll respect your thoughts if you respect mine.
Note: This is an older review! I'm slowly revamping my older reviews (new photos, thoughts etc) because they are just so cringy. Enjoy & thanks for reading.
A disgusting comedy about social anxiety.
Back in 2015, I remember finishing Finding Audrey and saying (out loud) "What the heck?!" I picked up this book for information, friendships and something maybe relatable. I clearly needed to stop judging books by their cover and start reading synopses. (I was younger when I read this book so I was still pretty new to hype and sophisticated covers.) Anyway, I remember jumping on Goodreads and reading other reviews, which they all gave 3-4 stars. I was confused - did we all read the same book? But then I came across Cait's (Paper Fury) review and she also despised Finding Audrey, for the same reasons. I was relieved. I went on to rant about the book to my mother. So here I am now, to give you bookaholics my full review on Finding Audrey.
I have read other mental illnesses books before this one and they've included romantic relationships, relatable quotes and some were upbeat, light and easy to understand. Finding Audrey tried to do that but it just went downhill. We have our main character, Audrey; who was recently diagnosed with social anxiety after a traumatic accident happened at school (we get no flashbacks/ backstory on this "accident"!! so was this the case?). And yes, this is one of those cases where our mentally ill character is their personality. I didn't know anything else about Audrey except her social anxiety. Anyway, she's (pretty much) isolated now and borderline depressed, but then she meets her knight in shining armor, Linus. Their relationship is insta- love and I found cringy. Audrey seemed so fragile and so young for a relationship! Maybe her disorder was "magically" doing better because Linus is there (???) and she doesn't have to deal with her crazy family.
Audrey's immediate family contained her mother, father, and her two brothers. Audrey's mother was the ringleader. She was verbally intimidating and was weirdly obsessed over her family. I mean, her own spouse was (almost) uncertain of her. Audrey's mother quit her job to focus on Audrey, which was a very nice and grateful gesture but that wasn't 100% the case. She wasn't there half the time for Audrey and she got anxiety advice from gossip magazines. Oh dear. Her father wasn't the brightest in this family, he also wasn't at home (our main setting) a lot. Frank, Audrey's older(?) brother, was ignorant of her Audrey's social anxiety and played video games a lot. And her youngest brother, Felix, was (character-wise) kicked to the curb. All the characters in the book felt two-dimensional and I just wasn't having it.
The plot started out character-driven (I think) but then when Linus joins the crew, the plot became more focused on Audrey's relationship. *cues, me, rolling my eyes* The plot wasn't the most entertaining and strongest, I basically wanted this freak-show to be over. But Sophie Kinsella's writing wasn't bad actually. Also, Audrey would write up screenplays of her family's dialogue and I thought that was pretty cool; I can't remember why it was necessary tho. And the only character I did appreciate was Audrey's therapist. She seemed more understanding (thankfully) than any of the characters in this book.
Finding Audrey wasn't my cup of tea. I wanted an informative book about social anxiety and something relatable for my age but instead, I got a joke. I don't recommend this book unless you can get past the two dimensional characters, weak plot, and the comedy.
Some rant reviews contain gifs, light-hearted writing but when I really despise a book, I bring out the facts (and I'm salty). So I apologize if this review seems different - writing wise. I'm also not this upset/intimidating all the time! It's rare for me to give one-star reviews out. And yeah, I feel guilty republishing this hahahahhhh. ANYWAY HAVE A GREAT DAY I LOVE YOU ALL <3