The best thing about Sophie Kinsella is that her characters make you feel more real, more into the practical world. I think I’ve been saying a lot about my non-compliance to Young Adult novels. It’s not that I hate them, but apart from one or two, I couldn’t relate to them. This inability in me definitely is a hurdle in reading more books, which I’d love to. But I’m trying, and I’ll get back to you with more such books and notes on them.
Finding Audrey found a slot in my bookshelf as a Christmas gift from my Secret Santa, among other books that were on my wish list. I’d say it’s because I love Sophie Kinsella’s books and wanted to read more of her. What’s better than receive one as a gift? The cover will strike you as it is a singularly simple but illustrious one. You’ll wonder what secrets it has hidden between the covers. And when you start reading, you’ll have known a little more about life.
Audrey is a beautiful young teenager, grappled with an issue that’s trending in the world for wrong reasons. Teenage trauma and depression is something that is not very well dealt in our country. It’s as if people don’t even believe that teenagers are mature enough to be depressed at all. But fact lies far from assumptions and it is often the family that helps the teen to recover. Coming back to the story, Audrey stays at home as a result of trauma originated from her school and classmates. She wears dark glasses even at home as eye contact with her parents or brother turns out to be tiresome. She doesn’t go out, has no friends and a few weirdos for her family. One fine day she meets Linus, her brother’s friend at home and things slowly come back to life. Rather, life comes back to her at a slow pace.
I love Sophie Kinsella’s humour and she’s added adequate doses of it in this book. Audrey’s brother Frank and their mother Anne’s interactions, altercations are hilarious, to say the least. They will leave you to splits with enough fodder for thought if you’re a teen or parent to a teen. There’s a lot to take away from the story – are computer games really destructive for teens? How bad is depression? And a grand lesson for parents to deal with their young adults.
It’s a winner; I loved every bit of it. The awkward conversations between Audrey and Linus are so endearing that you wish there was more.
Do read and let me know how you liked it.