Blog Tour: #FINDINGAUDREY by Sophie Kinsella, Review and Giveaway

Today I have the pleasure of being part of the FINDING AUDREY Blog Tour by Sophie Kinsella. I have been a long time fan of Sophie and have enjoyed her writing since I picked up my first "Shopaholic" book and have never stopped reading whatever she writes. FINDING AUDREY is Sophie's first YA novel and when I knew about this book I was over the moon excited, two of my favorite things together Sophie and YA. It is a match made in heaven and I hope you will agree

FINDING AUDREY by Sophie Kinsella

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.

“With her trademark wit and sass, Kinsella sensitively broaches the complexities of young adult mental health.”—Booklist

“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 in a story that should easily expand her already substantial fan base.” – Publishers Weekly

My Thoughts:

I have been  a long time fan and supporter of Sophie Kinsella and when it was announced that she would write a long awaited YA novel I was beyond excited. Sophie has a way of making you laugh and cry all in the same sentence and she does not disappoint with Finding Audrey.

Finding Audrey is a story about a girl that has been emotionally crippled due to a bullying incident at school. As a result she has sequestered herself in her home and cannot look anyone in the eyes anymore so she must constantly wear sun glasses to keep from going into a full on panic attack.

As her story begins we are treated to an on episode of family hijinks when Audrey's mother has a melt down of epic proportions and proceeds to take her brother's PC and threaten to chuck it out the two story window. These drastic actions are all done in the name of motherly love and the desire to have her son stop playing online computer games. It all seems rather drastic, but in true Kinsella style you cannot help but laugh at the madness that ensues. This witty style of writing is what makes FINDING AUDREY different from other novels dealing with this subject. You get to know Audrey and see how she struggles with her fears, how it affects everything that she now does but it's tinged with bits of humor and then you witness how supporting her whole family is and it gives you a sense of comfort despite the chaos that goes on in Audrey's "lizard" brain.

With the idea of attending a new school, Audrey is given goals by her doctor in order to make the new transition. She is told to begin with small interactions outside the house and with other people. Easier said than done, especially when her brother's gaming partner and friend Linus, begin to visit the house. Audrey remembers him from school and how much she liked him, at first this exposure draws her further back into her shell but then a slow romance begins to bloom via messages passed on between the two young love birds and trips to StarBucks. It is their interactions that are precious and heart achingly sweet to witness as Audrey slowly begins to emerge from her confinement and begin to find herself again.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading FINDING AUDREY and hated leaving this world of acceptance and love and the only complaint is that I wished to know exactly what issue traumatized Audrey instead of having the issue skirted around. The story works fine without the knowledge because bullying really needs NO excuse to flourish and exist but my lizard brain was just fixated on it. Previous Fans of Sophie Kinsella will enjoy this story and hopefully new fans will be introduced to her one of kind writing that makes everyone smile.

Sophie Kinsella raced into the UK bestseller lists in September 2000 with her first novel in the Shopaholic series - The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also published as Confessions of a Shopaholic). The book’s heroine, Becky Bloomwood – a fun and feisty financial journalist who loves shopping but is hopeless with money – captured the hearts of readers worldwide.  Becky has since featured in six further bestselling books, Shopaholic Abroad (also published as Shopaholic Takes Manhattan), Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic & Sister, Shopaholic & Baby, Mini Shopaholic and now Shopaholic to the Stars! Becky Bloomwood came to the big screen in 2009 with the hit Disney movie Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Sophie has also written six standalone novels which have all been bestsellers in the UK, USA and other countries around the world: Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I've Got Your Number and her most recent standalone book, Wedding Night.
Sophie wrote her first novel under her real name, Madeleine Wickham, at the tender age of 24, whilst she was working as a financial journalist. The Tennis Party was immediately hailed as a success by critics and the public alike and became a top ten bestseller. She went on to publish six more novels as Madeleine Wickham: A Desirable Residence, Swimming Pool Sunday, The Gatecrasher, The Wedding Girl, Cocktails for Three and Sleeping Arrangements.
She submitted her first ‘Sophie Kinsella’ novel anonymously to her existing publishers and it was snapped up without her editors knowing that she was already one of their authors. It wasn’t until the appropriately titled Can You Keep a Secret? was published that Sophie revealed her true identity for the first time.
Sophie was born in London. She studied music at New College, Oxford, but after a year switched to Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She now lives in London, UK, with her husband and family.

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1 copy of Finding Audrey + coffee sleeve

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  1. I'd like to win because 1. I'm a huge Sophie Kinsella fan and 2. I have an anxiety disorder and would like to read a book about a character with a similar problem.

  2. I recently read I've Got Your Number and LOVED IT! I need more Kinsella!

  3. I love Sophie's Shopaholic books. I'm sure this one will be great too!

  4. I would like to win Finding Audrey because it's sounds like a wonderful read!

  5. I'm a huge Sophie Kinsella fan and I can't wait to read her first foray in to YA!

    (also, the Sophie Kinsella you linked to in the Rafflecopter isn't the twitter for the author, so I found the author's account.)

  6. I want to win because I really love all the books written by Sophie Kinsella and I badly want to add this one to my collection!

  7. I'm interested in the book! I'm a definite fan of Sophie Kinsella :)

  8. I'd like to win because I have really enjoyed her adult books. Thanks!

  9. I'm a huge fan of Kinsella. Can't wait to read this book.

  10. I've been a huge fan of Sophie's Shopaholic books and the stand alones. I'm so thrilled she is venturing into the YA world. I think she'll be terrific at it!


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