Pick up any Sophie Kinsella novel and you’re practically guaranteed to dissolve into a fit of giggles as you read it. I’ve enjoyed the author’s standalone adult novels (and I’m looking forward to reading the Shopaholic books sometime), so I was excited to hear she venturing into YA for the first time with Finding Audrey.
As part of the official blog tour for the book, I’m offering up 5 reasons why you should read the book–plus we have a fun giveaway, too!
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.
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.
Finding Audrey will be available in stores and online on June 9th, 2015.
5. It’ll make you laugh. Kinsella’s fizzy dialogue and humorous prose will put a smile on your face from practically beginning to end. This is the perfect book to read when you need a light-hearted pick-me-up, and the story gets funnier and funnier as it goes along.
4. You’ll love it if you’re an Anglophile. Do you love all things British? Our U.S. publisher hasn’t rid this story of its English roots (as sometimes happens with MG/YA from overseas), so it still feels delightfully fresh in its energy and enthusiasm and style. Plus there are references to Pizza Express, Nutella toast, and she calls her mom “Mum!” Most YA novels that we see published here are set in white, middle-class America, so it’s nice to read something in a different “voice.” I’d love to see more Kinsella and Sarra Manning YA, and surely there are other talented non-U.S. writers who have coming of age stories in them.
3. It portrays therapy in a positive, non-threatening way. Audrey sees “Dr. Sarah” for her anxiety, and this relationship is written in a solidly matter-of-fact way, which is not something we see that often. I wish we better understood the causes and treatment of Audrey’s anxiety disorder better (even within the context of a comedic story), but I do appreciate the regularity of the therapy routine, as well as the confidence and self-exploration it instills in Audrey.
2. The secondary characters are great. We might spend a little too much time with Audrey’s Mum and brother for my taste, but I quite liked how their story arcs go in the end, as well as Audrey’s realization of what her family has done for her. Aside from one group of mean girls that we don’t spend much time with, the book’s actually filled with very positive, quirky characters.
1. The romance is super, super adorable. This is where I would be writing in hot pink pen and putting little hearts to dot my Is if I were writing a book report for school. This has one of the cutest (and most unconventional) first kisses I’ve ever read, as well as one of the sweetest hand-holding scenes. Because Audrey has all these anxiety issues, she and Linus have to take things even more slowly than usual, and his endearing patience and ingenuity with her made me coo lovingly at all the scenes he was in.I will say that it took me a little while to get into the book at first, because it’s almost a little too madcap in the beginning, and there’s a long-winded side story involving Audrey’s brother and his banishment from playing video games that isn’t quite as funny as it’s supposed to be. But once the story gets going (and I have to admit, once Linus shows up and starts talking to Audrey and being adorable all over the place), I was pretty charmed. If any of the 5 points I made above appeal to you, I’d say it’s definitely worth checking out!
I also think it’s great to have more of these YA novels that are immensely readable if you’re an adult, but are also age-appropriate and appealing to younger readers in the YA spectrum. I hope we’ll see more Kinsella YA in the future.
Thanks to our friends at Delacorte Press, we have a hardcover copy of the book to offer one of our readers, along with a cute sleeve for your coffee. Look at the Audrey + Linus cups on it! Awwww. There are a few important scenes that take place in a Starbucks, so it’ll totally make sense when you read it.
All you have to do is leave a thoughtful comment below telling us why you’d like to have a copy of the book, and fill out the Rafflecopter form. Open to US residents aged 18 and up, or 13 and up with parental permission. See entry form for complete details. Good luck!
Review and giveaway copies were provided by the publisher. Photographs/graphics by Wendy and the publisher.