Finding Audrey – Book Review

Title: Finding Audrey

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Page Count: 286

Rating: 3 / 5

Finding Audrey


Goodreads 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.


Review

I haven’t read a book by Sophie Kinsella in ages! And with so much buzz going around about Finding Audrey, I couldn’t resist picking up this book. And the beautiful cover helped of course! I love Sophie Kinsella’s books for days when I want a fun, light read. And this book did not let me down. It’s very different from her other books, but it was enjoyable just the same.

When the book started, I did not find Audrey’s style of talking (which included a lot of whatevers) amusing. In fact I started to think I wouldn’t enjoy the book after all, but I was wrong. As the story progressed, I started to sympathize with Audrey. It was great how the book subtly addressed the issue of depression and anxiety attacks in a loud household with two teenagers and technologically-challenged parents. Sophie Kinsella did not simply give a character who suffered from clinical depression, she gave us a realistic character whom we could sympathize with and who helped us understand the ordeal faced by people who suffer from anxiety disorders.

“They talk about ‘body language’, as if we all speak it the same. But everyone has their own dialect. For me right now, for example, swiveling my body right away and staring rigidly at the corner means, “I like you.” Because I didn’t run away and shut myself in the bathroom. I just hope he realizes that.”

On a lighter level, the book hilariously portrays the relationship between every member of the family, especially Audrey’s brother, Frank and their mother. From the Goodreads summary, I was expecting Audrey would be cured because of Linus, but I was relieved to find out that wasn’t the case. Love didn’t magically cure Audrey of her depression, it was just an anchor; a support that helped her fight.

As the book progresses, we see Audrey getting better, taking small steps to be healthy and happy again, with the help of her family and her therapist.

“I think what I’ve realized is, life is all about climbing up, slipping down, and picking yourself up again. And it doesn’t matter if you slip down. As long as you’re kind of heading more or less upwards. That’s all you can hope for. More or less upwards.”


Final Verdict

Although the book wasn’t perfect in every way, it was a fun read and I would definitely recommend it if you like Young Adult books with a touch of humor.

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NaPoWriMo Day 20: Kennings on my dog

Prompt: Today’s prompt encourages us to write a kennings poem. A Kenning is a two word phrase describing an object often using a metaphor. A Kennings poem is a riddle made up of several lines of kennings to describe something or someone. For example, you might call a cat a mouse-stalker, quiet-walker, bird-warner, purr-former, etc. 


Sound-sleeper
Trouble-maker
Sloppy-kisser
Happiness-inducer
Cat-chaser
Belly-scratch-lover
Tail-wagger
Massage-wanter
Loud-barker
Neighbor-annoyer
Water-hater
Lizard-scarer
Grass-eater
Carpet-digger
Bed-jumper
Socks-stealer
Heart-melter

My adorable sausage-dog


I wrote my Kennings on my dachshund – Trusty. I have previously written a post dedicated to My Squishy.

I will also attach a photo for your reference because how can I not take this opportunity to show everyone what a handsome young boy he is? 😀

A Soft Spot for Hitler?

Hitler has done some awful things for which he does not deserve forgiveness. I was, like every other child, repulsed by the destruction he caused and the lives he had taken. And then I came across this :

“Hitler created laws against animal cruelty”

So I started reading about him. Turns out he loved animals. He was extremely fond of dogs, especially his German Shepherd named Blondi. They seemed inseparable. He adored Blondi and her five puppies.

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Look at him
Hitler and Blondie
Just look

Okay. So he loved animals, but did not care about human casualties to achieve what he wanted; to do what he thought was right.

I’m in a bit of spot here. That sounds like me. You know the old “I don’t care who dies in a movie as long as the dog lives“. I shed no tears when people die. Because they have to. In fact, I love murder mysteries.

And it doesn’t end here. He suffered from Ailurophobia, the fear of cats. All right, so I don’t have a phobia. But cats scare me. Kittens don’t. But cats, they look evil. Whenever I’m passing by a cat, it looks at me like it will scratch my eyes out if I take a step closer to it. They don’t wag their tails and tell me they’re happy to see me. They just sit there and stare. Menacingly.

What does that mean? Am I Hitler?

But well, he poisoned his dog in the end, so I guess not. Peace.

There’s a New Puppy in Town!

If you know me at all, you know that I absolutely adore dogs. If you don’t know me, well, now you’re a step closer.

My college campus is filled with dogs. I have named a few of whom I meet regularly. Some of my friends aren’t very happy with my dog-naming skills and I have been advised to never a publish a book on dog names.

Last year, there were 2 puppies in front of my hostel block – Jerry and Lily. During our vacation, Lily was spayed, but Jerry probably ran away, because when we came back, she was heavily pregnant. She’s only a year old!

She had one puppy around a month ago. I only found out a week back after I noticed that Jerry no longer looked pregnant and followed her to where the puppy was. As soon as I saw him, I wanted to name him Milo. I don’t know why, he just felt like a Milo. I was so excited! A new puppy in town. I could smell the puppy every day now. Ah! I just love the way puppies smell. So heavenly! I played with him so much that day. I fell in love.

Oh hello, human.
Oh hello, human.

I spammed my Instagram with his pictures. And I told everyone I could. I didn’t want to leave him. If I could, I would have stayed there with him, cuddling and kissing.

*Wink Wink*
*Wink Wink*

2 days ago, I came back after my classes, all excited to meet Milo. And when he rolled over, I realized Milo was a girl (Oops!). But she was so tiny! It was really hard to tell! So obviously, she needed a new name. And so I finally gave in to my friend and named her Oreo. (She really should have been Milo, if you ask me. Does it matter if it’s a boy’s name?)

Jerry has been a very doting mother. She never lets Oreo out of her sight. Every time someone comes to play with Oreo, she smells them over, making sure they’re all right for her little baby.

"Who goes there?"
“Stay behind me. I’ll keep you safe.”

Oreo has started teething now, and she keeps chewing everything in sight. She loves my shoe laces a lot. Thankfully she hasn’t done much damage yet, but I think I’m going to have to buy new laces soon. For some reason, she also loves chewing my hair. My dog had never done that. But my dog doesn’t even know how to lick people. He just rubs his teeth everywhere. Since I consider my dog abnormal, I’m assuming puppies chew hair all the time. Of course I don’t let her do it a lot because I’m too lazy to wash my hair every day.

"Mmmm. Yummy slippers. Thanks!"
“Mmmm. Yummy slippers. Thanks!”

And she’s a tiny, hyperactive baby. She scares people all the time by coming out of nowhere and jumping on their feet, because that’s just as far as she can reach right now. She just wants to eat things. Shoes, jeans, slippers, feet – anything. I think even Jerry’s getting tired of her now. Just yesterday Oreo was jumping all around Jerry.

"Stop it right now! STOP!"
“Stop it right now! STOP!”

Just look at this adorable little monster!

"Aar! Le me go! Aar Aar!"
“Aar! Le me go! Aar Aar!”

I don’t know where she gets so much energy from. She’s jumping all the time. And she loves all the attention she gets from us. She just laps it all up, basking in the glory.

But well, a puppy has got to sleep.

*plop*
*plop*