written by Sophie Kinsella | narrated by Gemma Whelan
published by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group (2015)
Audrey can’t leave the house. She can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.
Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.
I’ve had this book on my shelves for a few years, and I had such high hopes for it; but ultimately, I was let down. I got the book because I heard that the main character has social anxiety, and the representation was good. The mental health representation was okay, but there were other parts of the book that made it impossible to enjoy the book.
If someone were to ask me for a book with anxiety representation, I wouldn’t recommend this one.
I have four main issues with this book:
- The use of the phrase, “or whatever.” Each time I would come across the phrase it would take me out of the story, and grate my nerves.
- The helicopter mom and the fun dad, a stereotypical combination – over done and only serves to make the mother look crazy.
- Contains one of the worst tropes in existence, insta-love AND Audrey was cured by the love interest… NO THANKS..
- Finally, there’s something that you don’t do, because it’s really dangerous. You know, stop taking your medications and lie about it. She does start taking them again later, but it just rubbed me the wrong way.