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Published by Random House Children's Books on June 9, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance, Family, Marriage & Divorce, Social Issues, Friendship
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A New York Times Bestseller
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.
Audrey is not your normal 14-year-old. Suffering from social anxiety disorder, general anxiety disorder and depressive episodes, she hasn’t left her house in months other than to visit her therapist. Between her mom’s hovering and her brother’s video game obsession she feels lost in her own home. Then a chance encounter with one of her brother’s friends turns her world around. Coming into her own isn’t easy but Audrey is up to the challenge.
I am disappointed that I did not like this book more. I have all of Sophie Kinsella’s books and have always enjoyed them. Sadly her foray into YA just fell flat for me. The main characters disorders could have been a powerful look into the high cost of bullying, but seemed more of an afterthought to her meeting a boy. I enjoy YA and love the ones that tackle deep issues with humor and insight (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a great example) and this was not. While teen love is great it is not a blanket fix and this book glossed over important issues for a quick solution. I was hoping for depth and instead got a glossy teen romance. I will definitely read the next adult novel by Sophie Kinsella and will probably read her next YA as well, I just won’t set my sights as high.