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Finding Audrey

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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. The only thing I didn't like was that we never quite found out what happened to Audrey to spark all of this.

She wears sunglasses at all times and now never leaves the house (she is in the middle of transferring to another school). I don't personally think her symptoms would class as severe, but at the same time, everybody can feel and experience differently. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again - well, Starbucks is a start.

I also developed a relationship with a boy who helped me greatly and moved schools (like Audrey plans to do). I just hope that someone who's on medications while reading this book won't find the courage to do the same thing because Audrey did it. And I’m not even talking about the romance because although there may be a little romance, it’s not really romance-romance. The story follows 14-year-old Audrey who suffers from severe social anxiety which results in her not being able to leave the house or interact with anyone outside of her immediate family. The whole way to Starbucks she’s panicking and then we get to Starbucks and she can easily talk to the barista without so much as a batted eye….

Laugh dream and hope with Audrey as she learning that even when you feel like you have lost yourself, love can still find you. The mother was intense and annoying sometimes, but mostly I found her arguments with Audrey's brother, Frank, supremely funny. I can feel my heart pumping, but whether it’s because of the noise or the people or because I’m with a hot-looking boy, I don’t know.The Tennis Party was immediately hailed as a success by critics and the public alike and became a top ten bestseller. The book has an amazing way of showing the way in which mental health affects the wider family without victimising anyone.

But Kinsella has definitely brought her wonderful sense of humor with the characters and the way they interact. This is such a nice read that anyone willing to read something light and not intense can certainly go for it. I think the reason she was hiding behind the dark glasses was justified and I liked that part about her. And i've actually never done it in the 10 years i've played WoW (which is very similar to the game in the book).

Now she stays at home and interferes with her family and her therapist as she tries to regain her confidence!

The plot was really lacking - other than it being the story of Audrey dealing with her illnesses, not much happens in this book. I loved how this novel was also centred around family; parents and siblings and the bonds and fights they all share. But if you try to fight Felix, all you get is wails and screams and tantrums, and it all gets more and more stressy.

I don't think a 14 year old really knows what it is to be in love, truly and wholly, and a few years later will experience something even better. Because in an MMO RPG, everyone's experience is their own, and you can play the game however you want.

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