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.
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.
I enjoyed this book the same fun way I enjoyed all of her books. I think this would be good reading for all ages. But did I miss something? What actually happened to Audrey to cause her to withdraw in the first place? What did those mean girls do to her? Maybe it does not really matter since the outcome is what matters in the end. But still I am curious. I think this would make a good film.
Audrey’s voice was authentic. The first person and (under doctors orders) other perspectives was original. Important topic in this book, handled in a gentle way. Well done.
Quick to get engaged
As always the author never disappoints