Finding Audrey is the story of teenager Audrey, a girl who is unable to leave the house and who wears dark glasses at all times. It hasn’t always been this way – an event at school caused other girls to be excluded – and Audrey herself staying in hospital for mental health treatment.
One day, her brother’s friend Linus begins to talk to Audrey and helps her to venture into the outside world again. As they get to know each other, she finally feels like she is on the road to recovery and is then able to move on.
This book has been on my TBR list for a while now, and so when I noticed it in my local library I borrowed it straight away.
The main focus of the plot is that Audrey is recovering from an unknown event that happened at school. We are never told what happened and we are not given any information which could help us make an inference about the details.
I was slightly frustrated halfway through the book because we don’t know why Audrey suffers from Social Anxiety Disorder. However, I soon came to realise that it is not necessarily the actual event in the past that matters, but what is so much more important is how you recover and move forward.
While I haven’t been in a situation similar to Audrey’s, reading the book made me think about how I should move forward with my personal aspirations and aims. The book shows how progress will not always be constant, but over a longer period of time, you will always improve. The themes of this book are dealt with well, and ensure that the reader learns about – and from – Audrey’s struggles.
Protagonist Audrey is 14 years old, (a year older than me), which is younger than most YA characters, but this means that this story is suitable for younger teens. This book makes a good introduction to the genre of YA, since the themes are important yet appropriate for a younger teenager. I only wish that I had discovered this book earlier!
Have you read Finding Audrey? Would you recommend it? Please let me know in the comments! Also, I would really appreciate it if you checked out my Instagram account, alyssafictionforteens, which I started a few weeks ago. Thanks!