Posted by: bluelion | August 22, 2015

Let’s read… a YA novel

#11 Sophie Kinsella: Finding Audrey (RHCP Digital, 2015)

First sentence. “OMG, Mum’s gone insane.”

I haven’t read a young adult book since becoming a ‘proper’ adult, and it was refreshing to hear (read) the voice of a teenager (in which Finding Audrey is brilliantly written). Moreover, it is not the usual young adult novel. There isn’t a single scene set in a high school but it raises awareness of a very important, yet rarely discussed aspect of school life: bullying. It does so by focusing on the devastating effects bullying had on the victim. The complex psychological problems caused by the cruelty of a group of teenagers demonstrates that it is not only some common inconvenience of high school life, it is a serious problem.

This book has so many strong and important messages, it should be compulsory reading for adults dealing with teenagers (and they would enjoy it immensely, I guarantee that). It tells teachers and parents that bullying is a serious threat, and should be treated as such. It shouldn’t be downplayed saying ‘kids will be kids’. All the teenagers are shown that it is not ‘how life is’, it is not normal amd should not be tolerated. The victims are ensured that they are not alone and there is a way out even of the darkest places. Their suffering will end, they can be healed. These messages can be life-saving.

All this in a novel brilliantly written, as always. There is just no putting it down. Great, loveable characters from the very first moment. Interesting, engaging storyline, a bit of romance, a cosy retreat of a family home, a great deal of humour.

It is so easy to identify with Audrey that the reader can better understand what it is like inside the mind of someone suffering from depression and anxiety disorders. Understanding then brings compassion, and compassion brings acceptance.

This book presents difficult and important topics in a light, entertaining read. I very much hope that it will become a huge success everywhere because it does a great job for raising awareness of the very real threat of bullying and for a better understanding of mental illnesses. Sophie Kinsella achieved everything I was missing from the one-hundred-year-old man’s story, and more. Her novel is a true page-turner. It is easy to identify with the protagonist, and I missed all the main characters after finishing the book. I cannot emphasize enough how extraordinary this book is in teaching the reader about important yet rarely discussed topics in a profoundly entartaining way. Amazing, loved it!

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  1. […] Már egy hónapot sem kell várnia annak, aki magyarul szeretné olvasni Sophie Kinsella első ifjúsági regényét. November közepére várható ugyanis a Hová lett Audrey? megjelenése. A magyar ajánló azonban nem valami biztató. Remélem, az egész fordítást nem csapták így össze, mert nagyon jó, és fontos könyvnek tartom. Erről korábban már írtam itt. […]

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  2. […] Finding Audrey and Shopaholic to the Rescue, both by Sophie Kinsella, one of my favourites. […]

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