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Finding Audrey
A New York Times Bestseller & 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 New York Times Bestseller & 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...
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  • A New York Times Bestseller & 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.

    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.
    From the Hardcover edition.

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  • From the book OMG, Mum's gone insane.

    Not normal Mum-insane. Serious insane.

    Normal Mum-insane: Mum says, "Let's all do this great gluten-free diet I read about in the Daily Mail!" Mum buys three loaves of gluten-free bread. It's so disgusting our mouths curl up. The family goes on strike and Mum hides her sandwich in the flower bed and next week we're not gluten free anymore.

    That's normal Mum-insane. But this is serious insane.

    She's standing at her bedroom window, which overlooks Rosewood Close, where we live. No, standing sounds too normal. Mum does not look normal. She's teetering, leaning over the edge, a wild look in her eye. And she's holding my brother Frank's computer. It's balanced precariously on the window ledge. Any minute, it'll crash down to the ground. That's seven hundred pounds' worth of computer.

    Does she realize this? Seven hundred pounds. She's always telling us we don't know the value of money. She's always saying stuff like "Do you have any idea how hard it is to earn ten pounds?" and "You wouldn't waste that electricity if you had to pay for it."

    Well, how about earning seven hundred pounds and then deliberately smashing it on the ground?

    Below us, on the front lawn, Frank is scampering about in his Big Bang Theory T-shirt, clutching his head and gibbering with panic.

    "Mum." His voice has gone all high-pitched with terror. "Mum, that's my computer!"

    "I know it's your computer!" Mum cries hysterically. "Don't you think I know that?"

    "Mum, please, can we talk about this?"

    "I've tried talking!" Mum lashes back. "I've tried cajoling, arguing, pleading, reasoning, bribing . . . I've tried everything! EVERYTHING, Frank!"

    "But I need my computer!"

    "You do not need your computer!" Mum yells, so furiously that I flinch.

    "Mummy is going to throw the computer!" says Felix, running onto the grass and looking up in disbelieving joy. Felix is our little brother. He's four. He greets most life events with disbelieving joy. A lorry in the street! Ketchup! An extra-long chip! Mum throwing a computer out of the window is just another one on the list of daily miracles.

    "Yes, and then the computer will break," says Frank fiercely. "And you won't be able to play Star Wars ever again, ever."

    Felix's face crumples in dismay and Mum flinches with fresh anger.

    "Frank!" she yells. "Do not upset your brother!"

    Now our neighbours across the close, the McDuggans, have come out to watch. Their twelve-year-old son, Ollie, actually yells, "Noooo!" when he sees what Mum's about to do.

    "Mrs. Turner!" He hurries across the street to our lawn and gazes up pleadingly, along with Frank.

    Ollie sometimes plays Land of Conquerors online with Frank if Frank's in a kind mood and doesn't have anyone else to play with. Now Ollie looks even more freaked out than Frank.

    "Please don't break the computer, Mrs. Turner," he says, trembling. "It has all Frank's backed-up game commentaries on it. They're so funny." He turns to Frank. "They're really funny."

    "Thanks," mutters Frank.

    "Your mum's really like . . ." He blinks nervously. "She's like Goddess Warrior Enhanced Level Seven."

    "I'm what?" demands Mum.

    "It's a compliment," snaps Frank, rolling his eyes. "Which you'd know if you played. Level Eight," he corrects Ollie."

    "Right," Ollie hastily agrees. "Eight."

    "You can't even communicate in English!" Mum flips. "Real life is not a series of levels!"

    "Mum, please," Frank chimes in. "I'll do anything. I'll stack the dishwasher. I'll phone Grandma every night. I'll...

About the Author-

  • SOPHIE KINSELLA is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series and the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I've Got Your Number, and Wedding Night. Confessions of a Shopaholic was turned into a Hollywood movie. She lives in England.

    Visit her online at sophiekinsella.com and follow Sophie Kinsella on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.



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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 13, 2015
    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.

  • Kirkus

    Starred review from April 15, 2015
    Audrey, 14, is on a long, slow upswing from disabling anxiety disorders that resulted from the vicious abuse of bullies at school. Under the guidance of thoughtful Dr. Sarah, Audrey begins to deal with her inability to make eye contact-or even to leave the house-by crafting videos of her quirky, near-farcical family, a nifty narrative device that especially shows off her "twitchy" mom. Audrey's brother Frank is determined to win an online gaming championship with his team, in spite of their mom's frenetic attempts to remake the family based on newspaper advice-which, sadly for Frank, includes giving up computers. Complicating this is the fact that Frank's team includes sensitive Linus, who delicately, tenderly navigates Audrey's vividly portrayed roadblocks. As their relationship blossoms, Audrey gains both strength and courage. The counterpoint of absurd humor against Audrey's uncertain progress toward healing, graphically depicted in her appealing and slightly ironic first-person voice, is compelling. Since the nature of the bullying is never fully revealed, it can readily represent the experiences of other victims. It's only as the narrative approaches its conclusion that the true source of the dysfunction in Audrey's family is revealed: all of them have become victims in myriad ways. 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. (Fiction. 12-18)

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  • School Library Journal

    June 1, 2015

    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 cliched, 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

    Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review "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."
  • Publishers Weekly "Kinsella's knack for humor and sensitivity shine."
  • The Guardian (UK) "It's fun, it's quick, it's cute, but it also focuses on deeper topics with maturity and responsibility."
  • Booklist "With her trademark wit and sass, Kinsella's sensitivity broaches the complexities of young adult mental health. [Her] Shopaholic series has long been popular with teens, and her YA debut will likely be just as happening, maybe even among Kinsella's adult readers."
  • School Library Journal "Sparkling dialogue, carefully developed characters, great parent-child interaction . . . all join to demonstrate the author's expertise in developing a compelling story."
  • USA Today "A Sophie Kinsella novel is like a box of Valentine's Day chocolates."
  • The Boston Globe "Kinsella has a genuine gift for comic writing."

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