My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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.
This book was a VERY pleasant surprise from Sophie Kinsella. I will be the first to admit that I love the Shopaholic series. I also love her books a Madeline Wickham. I love light, funny "chic lit." So, going into this book, I thought this would be more in line with her Shopaholic series. I was so very wrong.
This book had a lot of depth I didn't expect and tackled a very serious topic - depression an anxiety in a teenage girl. There were a ton of funny parts. Audrey's family was hilarious. But the overall tone was more serious. Kinsella handled the topic superbly through her cast of memorable characters.
I would definitely recommend this book. And I truly hope Sophie decides to write more YA. I know I will continue to read everything she writes.