Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Audrey can’t leave the house. she can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.
Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.
This was my first Sophie Kinsella book. I had never heard of the Shopaholic series until I watched the movie, The Confessions of a Shopaholic (featuring the beautiful Isla Fisher) by which time it was a little too childish for my taste. I still gave it a go because a friend of mine gave it away and the name and blurb was kind of intriguing, and even though two people had told me they hated it at the end, I still wanted to see what made them finish the book and it was sitting on my shelf so… *shrugs*. Plus, most of the reviews on Goodreads were so good I just thought it couldn’t be that bad!
*minor spoilers below*
The writing was witty. It wasn’t monotonous, which I was expecting it to be even a little bit since it dealt with mental illness, that too on a girl so young. There was a good build up towards some incident that happened to her in the past that caused all these problems in her life. It didn’t just focus on her either; her mom and brother took up more than 50% of the plot-line, which I actually found to be hilarious. Her mom made me want to bang my head on the wall though, but it’s nothing that I myself don’t deal with from time to time. Also, I loved Frank. Best brother ever!
Linus. I didn’t like him. I didn’t like the way he sometimes reacted to Audrey’s problems and decisions. You’re her boyfriend, I get it, but no one get’s to decide for her. Not even her parents. If you think something she’s about to do is bad, you warn her but that’s it. You don’t flip out at them and help her through. The fact that he was hesitant to help her “pick up the pieces” just broke the whole deal for me, because before anything else you should be a friend. And friends stay through everything, the good times and the bad.
The second issue I had with the book was how lightly it dealt with her mental illness. I mean, she had obviously been through a thoroughly traumatic incident, at least that’s what the book had implied, but she suddenly seemed to be improving at an alarming rate all of a sudden. However, it’s not something I’ve dealt with personally so I wouldn’t be the best judge.
The biggest problem I had with the story was the fact that she didn’t tell us what exactly happened. Kinsella built up this whole mystery through out the book but somehow completely forgot about it towards the end. You could argue with me that it was an open ended book, but it’s not! She didn’t even leave us hanging she just simply forgot to mention it. Of course, a lot was implied but it just seemed so incomplete and I felt so unsatisfied when I finished the book. That’s the worst feeling you could get. So yeah, this was what mainly brought down my rating. I was so surprised to find no mention of this in the reviews though, did I miss something?
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ | 2 out of 5