Book Review: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Finding Audrey Cover JpegTitle : Finding Audrey

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, Chic Lit

Rating: 4 star


Finding Audrey is a novel written by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Shopaholic Series, no other than Sophie Kinsella. This Novel focuses on Audrey, a teenage girl who suffers in an anxiety disorder which affects her daily life. This novel is a blend of comedy, romance and heartwarming moments that will make you inspire and entertain.

I actually got curious about this book because of its Title and cover. Who’s Audrey and what happened to her?, these were the thoughts I have before I read this book. I actually liked the whole book and it is a fell-good novel for me. This novel is all about an anxiety disorder of a teenage girl and how she overcomes all her fear in order to cure it. I find myself laughing and rolling my eyes on some parts because it felt so real and it’s like I encountered some of them that’s why I really liked it.What more good about this novel is that it focuses on the relationship and the significance of  family in life. This is highly recommended for those teen readers who wanted a very entertaining novel yet will make you dream and hope as you see Audrey’s life on how she lost herself and made it comeback again because of love. A truly inspiring novel that one must read.

Detailed Review:

  • Does the Title intrigue me or interests me

I started to read this book without reading the synopsis of it so I really have no idea what was all about.I actually thought Finding Audrey was like Paper Towns or  Looking For Alaska but I was wrong. It was different and Sophie Kinsella is so clever to titled it like that. I like the whole mysterious effect of it.

  • Did I agree on some point of views on it?

Yeah. I do agree a lot on the views of it. I actually experienced some of them and it felt so good to see positive and negative looks about Audrey’s experiences. The advices were good too and I find it really helpful.

  • Author’s style used in the book.

The style used was so creative! It felt like an all-in-one book, a therapeutic, a comedy, a love story and it was really entertaining.

  • If the language or style used is convincing to define the character.

Yes. She delivers it great for every character. Audrey, her mom, dad, brother and Linus have convincing characters. I really do like their mother because she was really funny and really entertaining. (Sorry, I’ve been using the word entertaining so much.)

  • If the characters were represented as what the story suggest.

Yes it do. They are all represented as what they should be.

  • If the ideas and concepts are clear.

The anxiety disorder, the game and other concepts were clearly stated.

  • Physical appearance of the book. (Cover, binding, layout format etc.)

I liked it! Simplicity is so great!

  • If it successful in its goal or purpose of the story. (If it made me cry, laugh, inspired or the emotion that one should feel on the book

Yes, it was successful in this part. I guess because it was a teen-novel, it was light and very heartwarming one that it made me dream, hope and made me inspired about the things that one might encountered. I learned a lot of things while reading this book and it also made me realized some things that I actually did past then and I might encounter.

  • Favorite part of the story.

Audrey’s moment with Linus when the were at Starbucks and they give names which was hard to spell. I really love that part.

  • What I don’t like from the story.

None. I liked every part of it!

  • Favorite Quote in the book.

“I think what I’ve realized is, life is all about climbing up, slipping down, and picking yourself up again. And it doesn’t matter if you slip down. As long as you’re kind of heading more or less upwards. That’s all you can hope for. More or less upwards.”
Sophie Kinsella, Finding Audrey

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Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

818tMZ3aozL._SL1500_.jpgTitle: Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Chic Lit, Realistic Fiction, Drama

Rating: 4 and half

Me Before You is the best-selling novel written by Jojo Moyes. Many were captivated by this heart warming and tear-jerking story of Louisa and Will that it got a film adaptation.

Louisa works in Buttered Bun tea shop but when Frank, Louisa’s employer, said that he will close the shop and was about to lose her job, she doesn’t know what to do. Added more to the thoughts on her mind is Lou’s relationship with her boyfriend Patrick.

Will was a man who lives in a life that is almost close to perfection-wealthy life, a job he wanted and a girlfriend. One accident changed his whole life that took away his desire to live.

When I heard that this novel will  get a film adaptation, I put in my mind that I should see the book first before the movie. I actually learned my lesson after watching The Paper Towns before the book. I just don’t want to get disappointed that it will not exceed my expectations and let the whole film go into my mind before my imagination. I don’t hate movies, sometimes I just want how my imaginations works when I am reading a book.

I am a sucker for tear-jerking stories so I gave it a shot and read this novel. This is not actually my usually cup of tea because I hated that the thought of the thin line between pity and love. I just hated that excuse which sometimes became the reason for the conflict of the two protagonists in a story.

The thing is that, there some pull in this story where you could fell in love with the characters-their pain, their laughters, their thoughts and actions. Lou and Will’s  character is not that hard to be loved.

I must say that this is one of my favorites because I felt a connection to it, not that I experienced this kind of hardship but you can feel the emotions in it just by reading it. As any reader and critic, I too has a lot of say about the story of Lou and Will. I do got curious why does Jojo Moyes  did it liked that but I am only a reader that’s why all I have to do is to find what’s the real message about it because it’s a sensitive topic. Others might thing it’s inspiring but others may not. Each and every one is entitled to have our own opinion and thoughts about this topic because we have different level of understanding in a way where it will lead us. This is one of the most intriguing and sensitive theme novel that I am sure that others find it hard too to accept the ending of it-a mix of love, pain and acceptance.

Detailed Review:

  • Does the Title intrigue me or interests me

Not much. I don’t say that it not that good but it’s not quite that appealing. I don’t judge a novel by its title, it’s an added points for me like it’s more interesting to read if the title was a little bit striking and intriguing.

  • Did I agree on some point of views on it?

Some and some were not. I know! I always wonder why, why and why? At the end of the book, my mind was lost of the whole thought. Is it not worth it? That’s what i always asked to myself.

  • Author’s style used in the book.

The point of view is of Louisa that it made me hard to feel what Will’s true actions mean. I am actually looking forward for more about Will but I didn’t get as much as I wanted to be.

  • If the language or style used is convincing to define the character.

Somewhat. It do define Lou and Will as what it should be. Like you can see in your mind that Will is a man who loves adventure and not a life that’s not what he was used to… and other things about Louisa and Will that made an impression to me but as what I said some thoughts of Will were not that visible with a single sided point of view.

  • If the characters were represented as what the story suggest.

Yes. They are what they suggested. Lou, Will, Will’s parents and other more characters in the novel. I just kind of don’t understand Will’s sister that much.

  • If the ideas and concepts are clear.

I don’t know about this part since it’s a sensitive topic. It’s up to the readers if they will see it as a positive one or not… For me, it’s really up to us if we find the ideas clear and I do have my opinion about it that some thoughts were clear but maybe I need a  little more closure about Will’s point of view.

  • Physical appearance of the book. (Cover, binding, layout format etc.)

There are different versions of it. (The red one and the picture above) I don’t know, its simplicity is good but not that quite appealing maybe that’s why the cover was changed. I don’t judge the book but it an added point too if we are talking about total package.

  • If it successful in its goal or purpose of the story. (If it made me cry, laugh, inspired or the emotion that one should feel on the book )

Tear-jerker novel! Yes, it made me cry but not that much, there’s not much enough scenes where they have pour much emotions about them. They do lack emotion and moments, that’s what I think. I actually questioned myself if I should cry or feel good about the epilogue that it stops my tears from falling. About the goal? It’s not actually clear, if it means giving up or acceptance but I picked acceptance will be the most appropriate for it.

I did read a lot of reviews about this book and others find it great and others do not. It’s really up to the reader if he/she will view it in a way she liked it or the way the book was. For me, I liked this book a lot and if a book gave me a connection, it’s successful to me. Somewhat I really do find it hard to chew the ending but over all this is a must read novel.

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