Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella:: Book Review

Hello hermits! Long time no see, haha. So I realized when looking over my past book reviews that they legitimately suck and I don’t even know how or why my school newspaper used to let me write book reviews. So this round for my book reviews- this being a whole new Round 1- I’m trying out a different format for the review. So here goes nothing, and let’s get down to business!


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Book Being Reviewed: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Goodreads Synopsis: “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.”

Where I Bought It: Walmart!

When I Began Reading It: July 26th, 2015

Date I Finished It: July 30th, 2015

My Initial Reaction To Buying It: 

“Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh I got it I got the book Ohmyflippingchickennuggets THIS IS FANTASTIC I GOT THE BOOK.”

My Reaction When I First Started Reading It: 

“Ooh, how interesting. So she’s was bullied… Wait, why won’t you tell me…? I’m so confused. So the mom hasn’t pushed the computer out the window yet? Who’s he? Who’s she? Who are you? You’re British? Am I British? WHO AM I?”

My Reaction Once I Was Half-Way Through It: 

“Oh my Hades, please shut up. Why am I reading this? Awe, you’re cute together- wait. Did you just let him do that thing that people without anxiety do? Did you literally just let him tell you that you’re ‘cured’ all because you did one thing outside of your comfort zone without having a nervous breakdown. Oh my God, I just- I just can’t, like I am just so done with you right now.”

What I think of the characters:

Well, I have a lot of opinions and y’all know that. Usually I go with what most people think because that’s just how my mind works, but unlike most I really liked only three characters in this book: Audrey’s older brother, Frank; Audrey’s younger brother, Felix; and Audrey’s dad. Yup. The older brother who was way into gaming, the five year old who was pretty much the cutest thing, and the father of the protagonist. That’s about it.

Audrey, being the main character with anxiety who tells the story from a first person point of view,  at first I was willing to sympathize with and understand. She was bullied so badly that she could barely leave her home- something I’ve been close to myself. I wanted to hug her and tell her everything was okay, and part of me still does- but part of me also wants to whack her in the back of the head with a book.

I feel you Maka, I feel ya.

I mean, who with anxiety would honestly just let a person ask them if they were suddenly relieved of their anxiety just because they did one thing- ONE thing- out of their comfort zone and didn’t have a total mental breakdown. Like, um, excuse me what? I have anxiety and would bite off a person’s head (and I kind of already have) if they asked me like that. And I understand that not everybody is able to just explain these kinds of things to people- I get that. I’m not soulless (for the most part).

But what irked me the most was that she literally just smiled and went along with it. Not even a stony faced “no” or shrugging of the shoulders and suddenly changing the topic to stay off that topic- she just went straight to smiling and nodding along. Those are the kinds of things that will send me flying off the wall in anger. I can’t stand that. Maybe it’s because I’m a feminist; maybe it’s because I’m too cold-hearted and not understanding person; maybe it’s just because I’ve centered myself around action packed books that have no time for spineless girls who just nod along. But whatever the reason may be, when she did that, I knew that I would never be able to look at this book the same way.

And then Linus, the love interest, who asks Audrey this god awful question. Please tell me that this author did not choose one of my biggest childhood crushes and heroes to name this character after and that she just liked the name. Please. I beg of you. I mean, I guess he wasn’t too bad of a character, but he definitely wasn’t the comforting and understanding boyfriend love interest I thought he would be. Goodness.

And then the mother. I guess she wasn’t too bad, she was just a bit too eccentric for my liking. Just a bit, and that then leads me into the the plot.

What I think of the plot:

This book was very interesting, and I have to say I like the writing style of this author. I’ve never read any of her books before, but I have to say I was pretty impressed when I read this book. I really just wish though that she had given us more insight as to what exactly happened to Audrey when she was bullied. That’s left a very gray area and vague topic. Audrey never really explains and actually tell the reader she’s not going to talk about it because to her it’s not “important.” Well if you have anxiety and depression episodes over it honey, I think it’s kinda “important.”

I feel like this book was pretty good for a contemporary read on how teenagers can get anxiety and how they cope with it- a little unrealistic at times and sometimes a little over-dramatized, but whatever. I’m a very critiquing person, so it may not be as bad as I say it is, but these are just opinions. 

Now onto Linus and Audrey’s relationship. May I just say, “Awe… huh? I mean awe, like yeah it’s cute, but huh?” I was very confused at times with their relationship. They had really cute moments and I suppose he was kind of attractive (I keep imagining Linus from the Peanuts comics and movies I used to (and still do) watch and read as a kid whenever I think of this kid), but they’re relationship reminded me a bit too much of what the Homestuck fandom refers to as a black hearted romance (yes I am Homestuck trash and proud; I have a kid OC and a fantroll- deal with it).

This is where the relationship between lovers turns obsessive and controlling, with one lover, or even both, sometimes using physical violence or threats to keep others away from their significant other. Now obviously with Audrey and Linus being teenagers, nothing was too extreme and really nobody was controlling using violence or really even threats, but I’ll just quote the book here:

“Linus.” I nod. “He’s still Linus. He says hi, by the way.”

“Oh!” Dr. Sarah seems taken aback. “Well, say hi back.”

“And he says, ‘Good job.”

There’s a silence and a little smile creeps round Dr. Sarah’s face. “Well,” she says. “You can say that back to him too. I’d like to meet this Linus.”

“Yeah, well, don’t get your hopes up,” I say with a deadpan shrug. “He’s mine.”

So. . . yeah. She say that to her therapist, who has never shown any intentions or anything like what Audrey’s implying. I’ll just leave at that.

How Many Pusheen Cats eating apple pie I give for this book: 

3


So have you ever read this book? Did you enjoy it more than me? And if you haven’t, do you now plan on reading or have I scared you off? Tell me in comments!

Home is where your books are,

The Time Traveling Writer.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige:: Book Review

So this is my first ever book review and I am so excited!! So here goes nothing:


Book Title: 

Dorothy Must Die 


Book Cover:

Dorothy Must Die Book Cover


Author:

Danielle Paige


Goodreads Synopsis:

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.


Goodreads Rating:

3.85


Page Number Count:

452


Chapter Number Count:

Thirty four


My Review:

For awhile, all me and my best friend Gracen could talk about was the musical Wicked that was- conveniently for us being the little n00b bookworms that we were (now we are epic bookdragons)- was based off of the book by Gregory Maguire. One day were in the library talking to our librarian about what books we thought they should add to the library when the topic between Dorothy Must Die come to subject. I was immediately interested and was dying to know more. Lucky for me about two or three weeks later (I think), I was in Target while my mom was getting a massage and I found Dorothy Must Die in the book section. After asking my mom and also buying one or two dresses (the only ones I have ever owned and actually liked, I think), I was tearing threw this thing every time I picked it up.

Now it did take me awhile to read, but it was only because of how busy I was at the time and how thick that book is. But let me tell you this: No matter how long it is, you will never bored with this book. You will cry at certain characters’ deaths (someone always has to die in a YA book these days. Always.) and you will fall in love with some male characters, and you will definitely be frustrated with Amy (the main protagonist who is kick-butt awesome and totally a kick-butt mofo) but you will also feel sorry for her, understand her, ad laugh at her awesome sarcasm which all throughout the book.

From Amy’s somewhat-tragic-back-story to her grit-your-teeth-and-make-it-through attitude to her awesome pink hair (I know right?!), she is definitely my favorite character. It’s only maybe thirty minutes into her being in Oz and she’s already believing it. Amy, along with her mom’s pet rat named Star, meet a munchkin named Indigo who is totally kick-butt, Further into the book you meet some of Dorothy’s friends, like the Cowardly Lion who isn’t so cowardly and the Tin Man who has taken that heart of his and made it into something new. And Amy’s love interest, a young wizard named Nox- now their is another snarky and arrogant male love interest for you. I love him, but his type in YA books is just getting repetitive and annoying. And basically you will all probably hate Dorothy and be surprised with how Danielle Paige twisted this character. Definitely something… different.

Now for some warnings:

This book is more tame with cussing except for one side character who is there for about three or four chapters, but other than her it’s not so bad. The more sexual stuff is practically nonexistent, but there is a pregnant side character who is only there for really the first chapter.No drinking, drugs, or smoking. Amy is a wonderful role model for older girls going through tough times; she does have a fiery temper and does make some reckless decisions, but she mainly believes that there must be a way to keep fighting for what is right and win. Some positive messages all throughout the book is that even though some people in your life can hurt you and seem like they have no feelings at all, you should never fully give up on them; power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely; even the innocent can be turned evil; and that home is where your heart is, not where you necessarily physically live.


My Rating:

* * * * *

Five Stars. I loved it, you’ll love it, she’ll love it, he’ll love it, it’ll love it; EVERYBODY WILL LOVE IT. And if you do not, I humbly respect your opinion.

Just kidding!


Have you read this book? Did you like it? Did my review help you, and maybe make you want to read it? Leave your opinion in the comments below!

Home is where your books are,

The Time Traveling Writer

Liebster Award… Again! 

Okay, I hope I’m not sounding horrible and rude, but here we are… again. But in all seriousness guys, I love this award. It is such a beautiful way to connect with people and just ah *that was the sound of me gushing from having a heart made of marshmallow fluff and nutella*

Okay so a few things first:

  1. I’ve decided to turn this thing into a book blog!! Yay! I’ll still post about my writing and such, but I shall also start making book reviews and little how-to guides and recommendations and I’ll try to at least start doing monthly wrap-ups. (This is now terminating my old spew about a daily routine. I just can’t do it. But I will start setting goals for each month and how many posts I should post… Heh, that’s fun to say).

So now that that little spew is over (is spew correct terminology?) lets get down to business!


The rules are: 

1. Mention the person who nominated you on your blog and link them.

2. Answer 11 questions by the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate 5-11 other bloggers.

4. Create your own 11 questions for them to answer and let the nominees know that they’ve been nominated


So first I was nominated for this award by…. The fabulous and one and only Lilrant!!! And now into her set questions for moi. 


1. How old were you when you first started blogging?

Heh, I would be as old as I am no which is 13. I’ve only had this blog for a little over two months although it already (almost) feels like two years. 

2. What is the one thing you absolutely can’t live without?

Um, I’m assuming we are taking out human necessities, and I’m going to say… books! Because really, this does not limit to notebooks and with some notebooks free pens/pencils come along. 

3. What do you love and what do you hate about yourself?

One thing I love: Body wise, I’d have to say either my hands, eyes, or lips. Personality/skill wise, I’d say my writing and sarcasm. 

One thing I hate: Body wise, while I may be skinny I still am not satisfied with my tummy jar because it is just too squishy for my comfort. Personality/skill wise, definitely my social and people skills. I stutter and make situations awkward and just ugh. I don’t like people in general though, so that doesn’t help either. 

4. Which fictional character do you think you resemble the most?

This might be biased because I’m reading The Wicked Will Rise but I’d have to Amy Gumm from The Doeothy Must Die series. I just think that her and I would get along fabulously and I just embody the face of witchcraft. Totally. 

5. Your favorite Starbucks drink?

Um, I guess a grande double chocolate chip frappichino. So good

6. What kind of movies do you like?

This is really hard, but I guess I’ll jus have to say cutesy movies. While I do love my fandom movies, I love the kind of movies you can cuddle up with a warm blanket and some pillows, maybe a cup of tea or coffee and just enjoy life. Examples include: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, The Secret World Of Arrietty, Oz The Great And Powerful, etc.

7. If you were to get rid of one thing in the world, what would it be?

Definitely, hands down, immediately: Rape/Molestation. Why? Because I find this topic a disgusting and horrible. Why would some older man decide that it’s fun, I repeat fun to prey on a younger girl and make her feel so uncomfortable that she lets you feel force her to have sex or touch or whatever with you. WHY?!  What supposedly gives you the right? Hmm? It’s horrible and the very whisper of remembering this topic and the fact that it’s still a problem in this world makes me want to throw up, punch and rip apart a thousand walls, and basically this is what makes me feel uncomfortable around men and just the male species in general.

8. What’s on your playlist right now?

  • Anything/Everything by Fall Out Boy (as always)
  • Kids In The Dark by All Time Low
  • Anything/Everything by Ed Sheeran
  • Anything/Everything by Bastille
  • I Miss You by Blink 182
  • Human by Manafest
  • Phone Call by Forever The Sickest Kids
  • Nothing by The Script
  • Superheroes by The Script
  • Welcome To My Life by Simple Plan
  • Somewhere In Neverland by All Time Low
  • What It Is by Kodaline
  • Bleeding Out by Imagine Dragons
  • Amsterdam by Imagine Dragons

9. If you were given the Cloak Of Invisibility for a single day, what would you do?

I would probably just go around screwing up people for a little bit before stealing away to home and hanging out there all day. And then if my mum stopped by, I could just ninja roll to the floor and hide there. Simple.

10. Are you a cat person or a dog person?

I’d have to say that I’ll always be a dog person, but cats are on and off. Some days they’re cutie patooties, while others they’re the devil. And there is absolutely no in between.

11. Would you much rather stay indoors and have some alone time, or go clubbing instead?

I take this is probably to as a Friday night sort of deal, so being the little socially awkward and boring hermit turtle hobbit demon thing that I am, I’d much, much, much, much, muchmuch, much, rather stay indoors at my home in my little comfy and cozy hobbit hole than go ew, clubbing.


Okay so, here’s the nominations:

And now you’re guys’s questions:

1. You have 24 hours to read as many books on your TBR list before you can never get them again; which ones do you choose to read and why?

2. You can only one certain type of food in each group; snack, appetizer, main course, dessert, and drink. What do you choose for each?

3. How do you keep you room: super neat, moderately clean, well enough, or sloppy?

4. How do you organize your bookshelves? (if you have any)

5. Do you ever get creative with how you keep you books? (e.g. bins, nightstands, filing cabinet)

6. Pens or pencils… or stylus?

7. Because I’m evil… what’s your favorite book genre?

8. Who is you favorite author(s)? {there may be more than one}

9. Favorite book that you read as a kid?

10. What book character has inspired, in what way, and do you know why, perhaps?

11. Favorite movie? (it can a book-to-film adaptation or just a movie; I’m not picky)

Alright guys, this was fun and I actually finished this in a day! Woohoo!

Alright, Thanks for Reading.

Best of luck,

The Time Traveling Writer.