Author: Sophie Kinsella
Page Count: 288/6hr. 36mins
Summary: 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 loved the family for how dysfunction they were. I get it mom not working taking care of her daughter so she goes a little crazy. Obsession over things that are petty and not a big deal. A father who keeps his head down and just agrees with his wife. Then we have Frank the older brother who loves his live action games to the pains of his mother. He is also a teen so rebelling is a must. Then we got the baby of the family Felix who was there to help with tension.
I liked the friendship between Linus and Audrey. The way he helped her get the courage to talk to strangers was some of the best parts. How it started with a note to daring each other to have some pointless conversations with people. Plus, with him being a bit geeky helped in my enjoyment of his character.
Love the siblings and how they reacted to each other. Of course, they fought like all siblings do but when Audrey needs them they lead a helping hand.
The romance wasn’t my cup of tea. Like I said I enjoyed the friendship between Linus and Audrey was good but when it went into the romance it dropped the ball. It was rushed and just went ridicules even if there was some cuteness in the relationship itself.
Then we have the whole fact that we don’t know how Audrey got ill. It was nothing but how crazy her family was. Also, I don’t like how Audrey handled everything when she was getting better.
She thought it was just a done thing but it doesn’t work like that as she quickly discovers.
THE AUDIO VERSION:
To tell the truth I may not have read this if it wasn’t told to me. I have plenty of issues with contemporaries which is the reason I don’t read them often. So, when picking this up for my Around the Year in 52 Books I was hesitant. So, I enjoyed the narration and how it brought the story more enjoyable to get through. The narrator just brought more to this crazy family then what I may have gotten by reading so I enjoyed it more. Plus, it was a six hour listen so it didn’t take me that long.
Like most contemporaries, it wrapped up where everyone has grown somewhat for the better. Even though I never did find out what happened to Audrey I say this is still a good quick book to get into. This was my first completed read from this author and I’ll try more of her books in the future.