Description | 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 had me so engaged my friends had to rip it out of my hands to get my attention.
When I started this book I didn’t have high expectations for it. I’d heard about it several times in the blogging community and through goodreads but just from the description I wasn’t as enticed as I usually am with contemporary novels.
In the beginning I read about 20 pages and was just very bored and eventually got distracted from reading in general. I really hate to put down a book and not pick it up again after I have already gotten a start on it, so this meant I had to finish it. Personally being one of those people who are really into the relationships blooming in contemporary novels you don’t really see much in the first few pages of this book but honestly it could have just been me being impatient after not reading a full novel in over a month.
After coming back to it and telling myself maybe it gets better I was so pleasantly surprised, suddenly you learn about these new characters like Linus and Natalie.
Sophie Kinsella’s writing style is amazing, I felt so intertwined with the story because there really were no dull moments. I personally enjoy how she split the chapters so they were very short, I always find if the chapters are more than 10 pages it makes it very hard to read. With smaller chapters it makes me think “okay well the next chapter is only 2 pages I can get through that before I have to go do the dishes” and then “oh look a one page chapter I can squeeze that in too!” Thus starts the never ending cycle of not wanting to put it down at all.
I also kind of enjoyed how every once in a while you would read the story through the perspective of Audrey holding the camera. I thought that was kind of unique seeing a video direction type of style!
Honestly after that first initial set back in the beginning I fell absolutely in love with this book. You can really feel what Audrey is going through and how the ups and down of the life graph effect her in the novel.
Would ABSOLUTELY recommend to those who love contemporary novels as much as I do! 5/5 stars!!
Okay little bit more of a discussion past this line! If you have not read this book but want to then WARNING SPOILERS!!!
OKAY RANT TIME!! I was so intrigued and ready to learn what made Audrey want to wear these dark glasses but NO they didn’t say. Though this did add a little mystery to the book and made you focus on the relationships that were built it still did bother me because COME ON, I WANNA KNOW!
As for the romantic relationship between Linus and Audrey, I find it so incredibly sweet how Linus went of his way to not try and push her too hard but still was trying to help Audrey get out of this dark Rhubarb like abyss haha. That on paper kiss made my heart melt honestly. Totally was not sure up until that point if this relationship between them was going to be anything more than friendship till that cute paper comes through Audrey’s door.
If you are looking for a really cute quicker book check this one out! You won’t regret it!