I tried something new with the past few books that I read. What I did is this. I observed some of the most popular book blogs on Instagram and found books that had been featured in them continuously, and then I purchased and read them to see if they were any good.
Now, I’m sure a lot of you do this and you’ve probably noticed the same pattern that I did. Most of these book blogs only feature Young Adult Fiction novels. So there I was, holding a pile of novels written by Young Adult Fiction authors that perhaps had storylines that weren’t relevant to me in any way, but they were books that everyone was speaking about. A lot. They were books that were doing well commercially and were extremely popular.
I don’t really know how I feel about this because I have to admit; the amount of books that I ended up with weren’t amazing in the way that would make me think – ‘wow, no wonder why these books have been featured on so many blogs’.
They were average, well-written (no doubt about that) and nicely plotted Young Adult Fiction books.
That is all.
And one of those books was Finding Audrey written by Sophie Kinsella. A lot of people actually suggested that I read this book aside from the odd 10 Instagram blogs. So I did. And I have to admit, I liked it. I really liked it. But I didn’t find it – as I said – amazing.
Finding Audrey is a story about Audrey who suffers from Social Anxiety Disorder after experiencing a bullying incident at school. The reader is never told what this incident is and only a few passing references are made to the event in dialogue. Audrey doesn’t go to school, wears dark sunglasses throughout the day, doesn’t leave the house, has regular meetings with her therapist and has a wacky family that get up to all sorts of shenanigans throughout the day – mostly consisting of the antics of her atypical mother and older brother.
Her older brother has a videogame addiction and wants to win a tournament with his friend Linus as his teammate. This is the only time Linus is actually important though because for the remainder of the time the focus is Audrey – which it should be.
When I read the blurb of the book I was hoping for something cute and adorable taking place between Audrey and Linus with her anxiety disorder as an umbrella. But the whole interplay between the two main leads was so quick-paced that I almost felt like I missed the part where she fell in love with him – well, as furthest as teenage love goes.
I have to admit, Sophie Kinsella is an incredible writer and the way she managed to interwove various themes related to bullying, depression and social anxiety disorder in a 14-year-old girl’s fairly normal life was exceptional. However, for most of the part, I felt as though I missed the plot.
I was told the book would be about how love finds a girl who is lost – but I got lost in the process of finding that love. It really is low on romance and for Sophie Kinsella’s background of writing about romance in an incredible manner; she kind of fell short this time round.
The writing was exceptional. The themes were covered brilliantly and the dialogue was witty and fun – even in light of the meagre situation that Audrey was in. However, the plot was extremely weak and the love – that I was promised in the blurb – was not there.
All in all, I would give this book a 2.5/5 and that’s only because it is extremely informative for young readers about the issues that Audrey experienced, but as a reader (and self-proclaimed writer) I didn’t feel the spark in this one.
Until next week, my loves.