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Finding Audrey Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Kinsella, Sophie
ISBN: 0553536532     ISBN-13: 9780553536539
Publisher: Ember
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Product Type: Paperback
Published: May 2016
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A ZOELLA Book Club Pick!

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.

Audrey wears dark glasses all the time, even in the house. She almost never goes out, doesn’t talk to new people, and finds making eye contact to be nearly impossible.
 
But then one day she meets Linus. Linus is her brother’s friend and a sensitive spirit with whom she can talk through her fears. He makes her laugh and doesn’t leave her feeling like she’s being judged. As their friendship deepens, Audrey’s recovery gains momentum, and she and Linus begin to develop feelings for each other. But how can they have a future together when Audrey hasn’t dealt with her past? And how could anyone ever love her once they’ve seen her at her worst?
 
An outstanding tragicomedy that gently explores mental illness, the lasting effects of bullying, and the power of friends and loving family to help in the healing.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred

Kinsella’s knack for humor and sensitivity shine.Publishers Weekly


Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Anxiety disorders; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2016017785
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 0.50" (0.50 lbs) 286 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 174472
Reading Level: 3.9   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q71392
Reading Level: 4.2   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 15.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring)
After "some stuff" happened to her at school, Audrey is afraid--of everyone--and will be attending a new school come fall. Kinsella never details the bullying (making its power all the more terrifying), but she persuasively charts Audrey's healing with help from a therapist and a boy who becomes more than a friend. Layered and serious but with plenty of leavening social comedy.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2015 #4)
Audrey wears dark glasses all of the time, "even in the house." But it's not out of excessive devotion to her movie-star namesake; it's because she's afraid. Of everyone. We learn, incompletely, that "some stuff" happened to her at school, that three classmates were expelled as a result, and that Audrey herself will be attending a new school come fall. While Kinsella never details the bullying Audrey experienced (which makes its power all the more terrifying), she persuasively charts Audrey's gradual healing with the help of an understanding therapist and a boy who, over the course of the story, becomes more than a friend. For those who know Kinsella only from her popular Shopaholic series for adults, this book will seem surprisingly layered and serious. That said, there is plenty of leavening social comedy, mainly delivered via Audrey's mother, a loving and scattered parent obsessed with how much time Audrey's older brother spends playing video games, who perhaps takes her Daily Mail tabloid reading more to heart than is really good for her: "It's all the fault of these evil screens. Some children your age can't even get up off the couch!" roger sutto Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 April #2)

In her first book for teens, Kinsella (the Shopaholic series) offers pathos and humor in equal measure. The story has two cinematic threads: the candid narration of 14-year-old Audrey, who is coping with depression and anxiety disorders, and the transcript of a documentary she is recording at her therapist's suggestion. Since being hospitalized after an unspecified incident at school, Audrey refuses to leave the house or interact with anyone outside her family, wearing dark glasses to avoid eye contact. The title of her documentary, "My Serene and Loving Family," is only half ironic: her parents are loving and supportive, but her mother's unpredictability sometimes overshadows her good intentions and shatters any semblance of serenity in the household. Mum is determined to cure Audrey's brother's "addiction" to online gaming and their bickering builds to hilarious mutual exasperation. Yet at its heart, this is Audrey's story of healing and reemergence, facilitated by her friendship—and first love—with an insightful, patient boy. Kinsella's knack for humor and sensitivity shine in a story that should easily expand her already substantial fan base. Ages 12–up. Agent: Kim Witherspoon, InkWell Management. (June)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 June)

Gr 7 Up—The author of the wildly popular "Shopaholic" series (Dial) for adults, has a surefire winner in her YA debut. Audrey doesn't go to school, wears dark glasses all the time, and rarely leaves her house. Mum and Dad are gently encouraging and helpful and try to assist Audrey in recovering from her debilitating anxiety disorder, for which she has recently been released from hospital care. Brother Frank is a computer gaming fanatic, and four-year-old brother Felix is a cute foil for the drama going on in the rest of the household. Readers are left pondering why is Audrey so anxious—what happened? Kinsella never explicitly reveals what triggered the protagonist's anxiety. The expert and sympathetic depiction of the teen's symptoms and emotions is the strongest part of the novel. Unfortunately, Audrey's rapid recovery once she meets a cute guy rings a bit false, or at least, a too conveniently clichéd, but tweens and teens may enjoy the portrayal of the hasty romance. Sparkling dialogue, carefully developed characters, great parent-child interaction, and a bit of rom-com all join to demonstrate the author's expertise in developing a compelling story. VERDICT A deep and sensitive portrayal of a British teen's recovery from a traumatic experience. Expect requests!—Susan Riley, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY

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