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I found this novel amusing. I like the cleverness of the story. The supporting characters made it work. This is not ha ha funny, but a steady under-current of chuckles. I also liked that Kinsella never dug into the darkness of the event but explored the aftermath.
If you like heart warming amusing YA novels this one is for you.
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I do not know why this was rated so high. I can only guess that some of the lower reviews were suppressed and not posted. I love Sophie Kinsella books, but this book is neither funny nor well-written. The first half doesn't even deal with the title character. So, if you want to listen to a shrewish mother screaming at her sullen teenage son about how he plays too many video games, then this is the book for you. AND if you want to believe that mental illness can be cured by finding a cute boyfriend, then again, this is the book for you.
As someone who has actually dealt with anxiety and depression, I found this book ridiculous and repugnant. If the audience is the young adult crowd, then Kinsella is sending younger girls the message that boys can fix anything! Just find a boyfriend and you'll be cured. You'll like yourself again and you'll be happy, and your anxiety attacks will magically disappear!
However, the book isn't written for young adults. Audrey's mother is more of the main character than Audrey herself, and the unfunny plot is more about Audrey's parents dealing with her brother than with Audrey. Because the bullying incident that precipitated Audrey's anxiety and agoraphobia is never described or explained, you get the idea that her problems are caused by her parents... because they should be blamed for everything, apparently.
Further complicating the listen is that the majority of the book is read by one actress. However, there are occasional breaks featuring Audrey's "film" where other people read. The difficulty is that the film transcript portions don't differ in tone at all from the rest of the first-person narration. In these portions, there are different voices reading, except that the woman doing the primary narration reads the "screen directions," but does not seem to read for Audrey and the brother's voice is deeper than the father's, which is bizarre, since he's supposed to be a younger teen. The film transcript portions are exceedingly annoying. I don't like full cast recordings, typically, and I wish this had been listed because the device does not work.
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