Can You Keep a Secret?
Synopsis: Audrey can’t leave the house. she can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.
Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.
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 . . .
200words (or less) review: Finding Audrey is engaging from the start. We get introduced to Audrey’s family in style – her mother is about to throw Audrey’s brothers computer out the window. The Daily Mail has much to answer for. 😉
Given my personal experience with panic attacks I was apprehensive about how Sophie Kinsella would be dealing with this, particularly as all the books by her I’ve previously read have been very upbeat and this is a tough subject. I think it’s handled well – a lot of the feelings Audrey has I recognised myself.
Another thing that really pleased me was Audrey’s doctor, Dr Sarah. Often medical professional are side-lined or bad caricatures but in Finding Audrey I felt like she was portrayed as knowledgeable, helpful and someone who cared about Audrey. While Dr Sarah maintains that Audrey shouldn’t expect her recovery to be a straight uphill climb (something Audrey wants) the story doesn’t have any big pitfalls. Audrey falters but it’s a stumble, this might be my personal feelings weighing in but I would have expected the journey to be harder.
Overall I enjoyed the book a lot. Finding Audrey is Sophie Kinsella’s first YA book, I hope there will be more.