I’ve really enjoyed reading Sophie Kinsella’s other books, and so was really keen to get my hands on a copy of this one when it was released. And I wasn’t disappointed. It’s really different to a lot of her other novels but I loved it.
Audrey lives at home with her parents, and two brothers. After something horrible happens at school, she becomes really withdrawn and eventually stops going outside, except to visit her therapist. We never fully find out what happened, all we know is that it’s left her with a seemingly pretty serious anxiety disorder.
Then she meets Linus, her older brother’s best friend. Following their relationship as it develops was probably my favourite part of the book, and I could easily relate to starting a relationship with someone who doesn’t really understand anxiety. Little details like the way they communicate through notes, rather than talking, were really sweet and felt really in keeping with Audrey’s character.
As someone who suffers from anxiety myself, I was quite nervous about reading this. I was worried that the author might totally misunderstand what it’s actually like to feel incredibly anxious, all the time, but actually it was pretty realistic. The ending was a bit annoying, but hopefully it’ll get more people to realise what anxiety is really like, and that can only be a good thing.