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.

Frozen Book Tag!!

Hello everybody! I have decided to just start randomly doing book tags. I’ll try to stick to the ones that you either do by yourself or where the user that made the one I said anyone could do it, but there may be some that I just can’t help myself on. So yeah, I’ve decided to the Frozen one first because this one is super short and super sweet to the point. So let’s go!

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Frozen Heart–Beautiful! Powerful! Dangerous! Cold! What character do you think of when you hear this description?

Hands down Lilith from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. She is just so pretty when she’s described, but then she’s like the mother of all demons and is creepy as crap and just *shudders*. And she is just so rude and snappy. And weird. And let’s get off the topic of her…
Do you want to build a Snowman?– A character you’d like to build a snowman with.
Probably Percy Jackson. I mean, that would just be so fun! Because ice is just somewhat frozen water (completely frozen water is ice you nitwits) and he’d probably find a way to make crazy cool snow sculptures and just like he ‘s Percy Jackson man! C’mon!
For The First Time In Forever– You haven’t been able to read anything in a long time and your TBR pile has been growing larger and larger. What book (of your TBR pile, so no rereads) would you pick?
Oh god… Um probably since I’m a serious weirdo, I’d start reading Doctor Who: 12 Doctors 12 Stories which is a Doctor Who anthology I got from Barnes & Noble when I went on a Book Haul with my like, five different gift cards from Christmas and I’d finish Eye of Minds by James Dashner. I am on like Chapter something of that book and I just put it down and started reading something else. And I actually remembering being in the middle of a complete kick-butt action scene. I don’t know why. Oh well. It’ll be next to read, I swear.
Love Is An Open Door– With what book or which character (or both!) would love be an open door with it? Or for what book/which character would you close the door?
Always an Open Door~
Book: The Fault In our Stars by John Green. I have reread this book over five times… in less than a year. I have a slight obsession with it.
Character: Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling. Hands down, I love him. He’s adorable, shy, and nerdy and look at him in Deathly Hallows! Man alert!
Close the Door~
Book: Wicked by Gregory Maguire. Good book, don’t get me wrong. But see, I thought it would be so much like the play (which I have seen never but own the 5th anniversary special edition soundtrack from the time my parents went when I was like six). It was so mature and I’m still like half way through the book but whoa bro- it’s just getting pretty 1) boring and 2) depressing.
Character: Gally from The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner. Like really dude, I hated that dirty shank. He was rude, two-faced, and get on my nerves like crazy. I read that book in less than twenty-four hours and I just wanted to scream when he “died”. I was so happy. And then The Death Cure cam out… no spoilers I have to remind myself.
Let It Go– A book or book series you used to love but you let it go.
 When I see the phrase ‘let it go‘, I think let your feelings no longer take you over. So I had to let go… well after it impacted me the hardest out of all the series I’ve read… The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Just, *stab* to the feels. So bad. So bad.
Reindeers Books Are Better Than People– Books are better than people. We all know that. Let’s say you’re tired of people today. What book would you rather spend the day with?
Oh God, most definitely The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. That book just makes me feel all fuzzy inside for some reason. Like a book narrated by Death is comforting to an antisocial and anxiety ridden teenager; cause that makes perfect sense.
 In Summer– A perfect book for summer!
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Just reading the first chapter I can feel the intoxicating heat of India and it feels good to read about the heat somewhere else when I’m in the heat.
Fixer Upper– A book that’s a bit of a fixer-upper and should be fixed with a little bit of love ?
 Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. That book is so full of hatred and tension that I felt my back ache every time I read about Amy’s suspicions for this person and then that person- SHUT UP I DON’T GIVE A FRICKLE FRACK I WANT TO SEE YOU KILL DOROTHY LIKE A NINJA. Sorry, needed to let that out. 🙂
Alright so that happened. I would like to thank @JetWeasleyBookReviews for kinda tagging me in it (not really, they just if you wanted to do you could) and so yeah. You are all invited to do this tag!

Inspiration Has Struck, Finally! (Took it long enough).

Inspiration: https://readingandcats.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/things-i-want-to-read-more/

I find myself reading like how I listen to music; I like so many different genres, but at certain points in time I can’t help but stick to something before backtracking to something I left off of so long ago. Like how I switch from country-to-pop, pop-to-emo rock, emo rock-to-punk rock, I switch through different genres of books either very slowly, or as fast as lightning. I can go from Y/A novels to dystopian action to sci-fi to fantasy to mystery and then back to dystopian action and then to fantasy again and then Y/A and then… you get the picture right?

If you still don’t get it, that’s alright; just let me give you a more thorough representation:

So let’s say that I read The Fault In our Stars by John Green in a week.

Then I go to Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Then I go to Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

Then I go to rereading Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Then I go to Maze Runner by James Dashner.

Then I go to The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Then I go to reading some poetry from my Emily Dickinson book.

Then I go to The Scorch Trials by James Dashner.

Then I go to Paper Towns by John Green.

Then I go to Allegiant by Veronica Roth.

Then I go to rereading the first three books of Harry potter by J. K. Rowling.

Then I go to If I stay by Gayle Forman.

Then I go to reading Sherlock Holmes by Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle.

Then I go to Wicked by Gregory Maguire.

Then I go to The Death Cure by James Dashner.

Then I go to Where She Went by Gayle Forman.

Then I go to Four by Veronica Roth.

Then I go to the entire Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.

You get the picture yet? It might seem complicated by that list, but really… oh god what I have done *throws hands in the air in exasperation* (I try to explain things and I end up over complicating them. Lovely.)

Hahaha, anyways, see you lot tomorrow at the latest for Top Ten Tuesday!

Thanks for reading.

Best of luck,

The Time Traveling Writer.

P.S. I did not in any way, shape, or form read all those books in that order, in that way, and no, those are not the only books I have ever read. You’ll see soon enough how many books I have… Mwhahaha >:)

Word of the Day Challenge: Iridescent (TeaWithEllie)

A short story about the word Iridescent (written by me, The Time Traveling Writer).

Little nine year old Joey laid back in the green and ticklish grass. His feet felt around the meadow ground for a softer patch, but the ground was all the same. Not too hard, but it didn’t feel soft enough. He brushed his inky black curls out of his eyes before sticking his hands behind his head. He enjoyed the view of the sky, and tried to make out what shapes and sizes all of the clouds were. If his older sister Janice were here, she’d be having Joey tell her what all the different clouds names were, and he hated it when she did that. Why can’t we just a joy the sunshine on our sky and the clouds in the sky like we’re supposed to. Joey sighed before noticed w certain chill run down his body. He looked up into the sky. But it rained yesterday, he thought sadly as he saw a cloud in the shape of Australia and about the size of his two story house cover the sun that had before been warming his sky. Then he noticed something. As if by magic, the cloud disappeared. Joey snapped his fingers and the sun completely blacked out, making no light for him to see anything. He sat up frantically and snapped his little fingers again. The sun reappeared. Joey looked around him before he looked back up at the sky. His house was still in eyesight behind him, and no one seemed to have noticed the complete black out of the sun. So Joey decided to keep playing with his new talent. He beloved he was someone who should use his talent for good. He would make t rain when the crops needed it, he would make it night when needed (but next time make it so in a much more natural way; a nice iridescent sunset perhaps), and he would always make rainbows. Joey then sat down and played with the sky and his talent until he noticed that he hasn’t begun making the sun set. He pressed his hand up to sky, palm first, and pretended to press the sun as if it were a button. He then dragged it down the sky until the sun was setting naturally. He wondered if he could put it on auto-pilot mode. He squinted at the sunset, envisioned what he wanted it to look like with time, and suddenly the sun began to set like it always does. And Joey started to walk home like he always did when the sun was setting. The sky was a mixture of violets, reds, blues, yellows, oranges, indigos, and even greens, to Joey’s pleasure. And so Joey walked home in the casting gaze of the red sunset, and nighttime began to eat away the daylight like a cat eats a fallen baby bird; slowly, carefully, and mercilessly.

I wrote this for @teawithellie ‘s Word of the Day Challenge (today’s word: Iridescent).

Thanks for reading.
Best of luck,
The Time Traveling Writer.

The Humane and Natural Goal of Life: To Be Happy

If you go up to person one day on the street and asked them, “Hi, what’s your goal in life?”, what do you suppose they would respond with. Maybe one woman leaving her job as a barista at Starbucks will reply with a laugh, “To survive high school.” Maybe the man with a scarf wrapped around his neck loosely with a black fedora propped on the top of his head will make you think with a flat and scarring, “To do what I should’ve done a long time ago.” But if this happened to me, I’d answer with two different but very simple phrases of advice: To be happy in life, and to reach my goals.

I can practically hear the crowd of critics in the back ground: BORING!

But really, think about everything you’ve ever done in your life and try to think (really guys, THINK!) “Did this really help me out in the end? Did this really help me become happy?”

Maybe using the word ‘happy’ makes this seem really stupid. Well, then I shall look up some synonyms for happy and let you guys pick your favorites to use~

Blessed, blest, blissful, blithe, can’t complain, captivated, cheerful, chipper, chirpy, content, contented, convivial, delighted, ecstatic, elated, exultant, flying high, gay, glad, gleeful, gratified, intoxicated, jolly, joyful, joyous, jubilant, laughing, light, lively, looking good, merry, mirthful, on cloud nine, overjoyed, peaceful, peppy perky, playful, pleasant, pleased, sparkling, sunny, thrilled, tickled, tickled pink, up, upbeat, and walking on air. (Source: http://www.thesaurus.com)

Now, to be [insert word of your choice to substitute “happy”, if you so please] you must be so free and careless that you basically don’t give to pumpernickels about anything! So my goal in life is to be simply and artlessly happy and content with my life. I want to wake up and smile just to smile. I wish to wake up and turn to see the one person in the world that will always love me know matter what I choose to do and dare to say. I want to be so happy that when someone asks me why I’m smiling or dancing around, I look at them with mad grin and say boldly, “Well I didn’t even know I was doing it.”

Thanks for reading

Best of luck,

The Time traveling Writer.

Um hi. Yeah so this is my blog and…

Well, this would be my first post. Forewarning: this will consist of daily (not really; probably weekly at best. Heh) “journal blog entries” and excerpts from my books. Now they might not always be interesting, and they may not make sense. But trust me: I know what I’m doing.
Okay I take that back. I’m trying. Crap now Yoda’s wise words are ruining my attempt at a good first entry.

Do. Or do not. There is no try

Okay. Well,
I SHALL DO MY BEST.
Thanks for reading.

Best of luck,
The Time Traveling Writer