Edition: Paperback, 288 pages, published May 5th 2016 by Corgi Childrens
Synopsis: 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.
I picked this book up at my local supermarket last week with the intention of it being a quick read that wouldn’t blow me away. As it turns out, I couldn’t have been any more wrong!
Yes, this one might be short, but that doesn’t stop it being touching, lovely and inspirational. Everything you could want from a book!
The plot…is smooth. That might be a weird way to describe it, but I honestly felt like I was gliding through the pages as though I was dancing on ice. It felt easy, and free.
The characters…how do I even begin to describe how much I related to Audrey? To put it simply, she is not the only one who suffers from social anxiety. Although I’ve never been quite as extreme as her, there have been points when it’s been close. And only now, after first realising I had social anxiety 6 years ago (and having to come out of school because of it) am I managing to finally overcome all of my fears.
The writing…was so easy to read! I felt just like I was Audrey’s friend, and I couldn’t stop reading. I really wanted to find out the next part, and the next part. In the end, it only took me around a day to read this book!
Something I liked…erm, this book?! How do I put my finger on one thing? Okay, maybe that’s easier than I’m making out…because Linus is adorable.
Something I disliked…nothing. Absolutely nothing! What an incredible read.
All I can say is this: if you have ever suffered from any sort of anxiety or depression…read this. God, at least peek at the quotes. Trust me, you’ll soon see what I mean about this book.
My rating is…
☽ ☽ ☽ ☽ ☽
5 out of 5 moons
“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.”
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽