I would recommend this book for ages twelve to thirteen.
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. (goodreads)
I picked this book up for two reasons: It was the book chosen for a monthly read along (booksplosion) and because it was about an anxiety disorder. This is the first book I have ever read about a mental disorder and it was easily one of my favorite books that I have read this year. I have never read a Sophie Kinsella book and all I knew about her is that she’s supposed to be funny. I wasn’t sure how a book about a mental illness could be funny, but it was also one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. Sophie Kinsella can seamlessly interweave the seriousness of this book’s topic and absolute comedy together.
The characters in this book all seemed to be extremes of one stereotypical personality, which I really enjoyed. Two that come to mind is Audrey’s older brother Frank, who does nothing but play or talk about video games, and her mom who is obsessed with reading magazines on how to improve her family. All of the characters were equally funny, but yet equally sensitive towards Audrey and what she is dealing with.
My only minor complaint with this book was that I didn’t think that the characters acted like the ages that they were supposed to be. If I had to guess Frank’s age I would say 17, not 15. I felt that Audrey acted more like a 16 year old rather than a 14 year old.
When it comes to writing books about mental disorders, people tend to judge the book harder and more unfairly than usual. I didn’t feel like Audrey’s anxiety just disappeared randomly. I thought that Sophie Kinsella did a great job slowly showing Audrey get better and grow more confident in herself.
This book had heavy language, no violence, and minor romance.
Other Notables: There are some details about anxiety attacks and what they feel like.
Five Out of Five Stars
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Buy Book Here: Amazon