Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Published: June 9th 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Length: 288 pages
Where I got it: Library!
Why I got it: I wanted to join the BOOKSPLOSION Liveshow that you can watch here you want.
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
When I read the blurb of this book, I wasn’t too keen. I didn’t trust the author to handle the topic of severe anxiety and depression well and that’s something that’s incredibly important for me when I read a book like this. There is still so much stigma surrounding mental illness and so it’s extremely important to get the facts right and present it as you would with any other illness. From the summary on Goodreads, I was immediately turned off. There was definitely too much emphasis put on Linus being the reason for her Audrey’s and it just doesn’t work like that. I don’t want teenage girls thinking that depression can be cured with a boyfriend! I want teenage girls to realise mental illness is a huge problem and a single person entering your life will not change that. Fortunately, Sophine Kinsella and I were on the same page here.
The Bell Jar || Sylvia Plath || Classic || 228 pages || 3.95 on Goodreads
Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic
Oh, man, I have another favourite! This book had me hooked from page one and it certainly didn’t let me go easily. As you can imagine, I absolutely flew through this book which was amazing considering the reading slump I’ve been in recently. It’s a stunning coming-of-age story that dives deep into the topic of mental illness and I absolutely loved it!
Wonder || R. J. Palacio || Middle Grade || 315 pages || Corgi Childrens || 4.42 on Goodreads
You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.
But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.
Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?
I wouldn’t say there is a lot of hype about this book at the moment as much as there used to be, but this is definitely one of those books that people point out and say, ‘That book is amazing.’ I have not heard a single negative thing going into this book so, naturally, my expectations were high. I wasn’t left disappointed.