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Finding Audrey

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I was expecting a typical mental illness contemporary, where the MC has something "wrong" with them, meets some love interest, is miraculously cured, and then goes to make-out or have sex, or whatever the fuck with their insta-lover. She studied music at New College, Oxford, but after a year switched to Politics, Philosophy and Economics. The characters were so natural and realistic was easily able to imagine the sequences in front of my eyes.

You can focus on someone a hundred feet away, through a whole bunch of people, and they know you're you're looking at them. Ollie sometimes plays Land of Conquerors online with Frank if Frank’s in a kind mood and doesn’t have anyone else to play with. I feel this book follows her struggle, her efforts to take control of her anxiety and work past her issues, and ultimate progress.I also developed a relationship with a boy who helped me greatly and moved schools (like Audrey plans to do). I want to read about a character learning how to live their best life and learning ways to deal with their mental illness in healthy and careful ways… I don’t want to read about someone being fixed by some dude.

It's funny, sweet, heartwarming but also - I felt - an honest look at a teenage girl living with social anxiety. Audrey’s family was so lovable and realistic, kind of crazy at times but that made them even more relatable. Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, Wedding Night, and My Not So Perfect Life, which was a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist for Best Fiction in 2017. Update: I reviewed/finished this a few days ago after having read it all in one day but as I sit here and plan the review and think about it more I realize it's not a 3 star read, but more of a 2 star read for me so I have lowered my rating accordingly. With her trademark wit and sass, Kinsella's sensitivity broaches the complexities of young adult mental health.A few reviews have stated that her anxiety was "cured" too quickly, and whilst I agree she made a large amount of progress in a short period of time, she also then relapsed again.

An outstanding tragicomedy that gently explores mental illness, the lasting effects of bullying, and the power of friends and loving family to help in the healing. I was the kid sitting quietly on the swings, book in hand, while the other kids my age ran around the playground, screaming and yelling at the top of their lungs. As I started to tell Audrey's story, it became apparent that I was telling a story which would appeal to young adults, and it turned into a young adult book. In 2014 she published a Young Adult novel Finding Audrey about a teenage girl with social anxiety and her madcap family, and in January 2018, Sophie published her first illustrated book for young readers about the charming adventures of a mother-daughter fairy duo, Mummy Fairy and Me (also published as Fairy Mom and Me).His enthusiasm is so infectious I grin madly back and we sort of do a mini-dance, arms waving up and down.

Our anxieties will always be there, they are a part of life but as we recover, we learn how to deal with our anxieties more and I wish YA authors understood this better.Be prepared to laugh, dream and hope with Audrey as she learns that even when you feel like you have lost yourself, love can still find you.

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