Showing posts with label finding audrey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label finding audrey. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Do We Need Books About Mental Illness By Neurotypical People? | YA Talk


Mental illness is a topic that I've only recently started getting very interested in. Sadly, the books I've encountered that deal with OCD, depression, anorexia, bipolar disorder, and many more, are just not realistic. 


Raising Awareness: Why I think it's important

In everyday life there is no way you'll just stumble upon the different kinds of mental illness, unless you meet somebody who actually has it.

If it weren't for the internet, I had no idea social anxiety was a thing. And there aren't even only a few people that live with it. Same goes for many other mental illnesses - you just don't run into people randomly that care to inform you about it. I understand that no one wants to talk about a personal matter like that in real life. This is why I think books on those topics are insanely important.

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But here's the twist. I don't think I can endure any more poorly researched novels, else my head will probably explode. I recently tried FINDING AUDREY by Sophie Kinella, I tried SOLITAIRE by Alice Oseman. Two books that are very popular and praised for dealing with sensitive topics. I don't want to make any guesses on whether those books are inspired by experiences of the authors or not - but I can tell you, both of them are pretty poor excuses for diverse books.


What really bugs me here: Being Allergic to Research

The two books I mentioned play into all the clichés you have in mind when thinking about social anxiety and depression. 
The characters are cliché, the plot development unrealistic, and romanticized. It just doesn't feel like you're reading a novel about a sick person. I mean that's what mental illnesses are, ILLNESSES. It's not fun, it's not quirky, it's an actual illness that limits peoples' lives. I want to learn about it, because I think it's important to raise awareness that these things do exists. But books like these aren't helping us. They are making things WORSE.

What good does a book that deals with a controversial topic, but just fuels stereotypes? 

We simply don't need it. I want books that show the ugly sides of mental illness. I want books that even just show both sides, it just doesn't have to be all sad and depressing. I'm just tired of reading about characters who are completely over the top, or miraculously cured when a cute love interest enters their lives. 

So please, non-neurotypical authors, help us out. I'm craving realistic portrayal


Do you think we need more books based on experience with mental illness?



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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

[Review] Finding Audrey - Sophie Kinsella





"Finding Audrey" by Sophie Kinsella tells the story of teenager Audrey who suffers from an anxiety disorder.

If you asked me who my favorite author was, I'd usually say Sophie Kinsella.

There are very few people that haven't received at least one recommendation from me that was a Kinsella book. With "Finding Audrey", Kinsella makes her YA debut. As a fan of Kinsella's work, I am absolutely disappointed with this.



Over the Top - Not in a Good Way..

Writing about mental illness is not a game. You have to do lots of research. It's very obvious that Kinsella used Audrey's illness as a plot device.
Kinsella's writing style is usually upbeat, funny and sometimes even a little over the top. Paired with a teenager whose anxiety is so severe that she can't even take her sunglasses off at night because she can't stand eye contact, Kinsella's writing makes the story sound ridiculous.
The entire novel just feels like joke. Audrey is defined by her illness and oh surprise, she is miraculously cured when a cute boy enters her life.

This isn't what happens. Mental illness isn't cured instantaneously. Weren't I such a fan of Kinsella, I wouldn't even have bothered to finish it. I read the whole book hoping to receive some kind of explanation, but there simply is none. In general the novel feels very directionless. The first third is about her brother Frank's video game "addiction" and could have just been summed up in a single chapter. There is no common thread in the plot at all.

Target Audience: ????????

After about one chapter I realized that "Finding Audrey" is extremely reminiscent of Kinsella's old works written under her real name Madeleine Wickham. These books are also contemporaries and just like this one lack direction (The Gatecrasher, The Wedding Girl).

The novel may be advertised as a YA contemporary, but to me it's an adult novel. The focus isn't even on Audrey, but on how her family deals with her illness, especially her mother. I think the novel would have been better off having the parents as the protagonists instead of Audrey.

The romance is as instant-love-y as it gets and I don't think it's appropriate for YA, it's more of a MG romance. They meet, they kiss, they fall in love. It's very dull.


Rating:


★★☆☆

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

I read this in about a day. The writing is flawless - it's Kinsella. The plot however just made me upset because of the poor inaccuracy and I imagine that this might be pretty offensive to actual mentally-ill readers. I wouldn't recommend it, simply because I don't support poor research when writing about illness.

Additional Info

Original Title: Finding Audrey
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Published: July 27th 2015
Pages: 384
Medium: Paperback
Publisher: cbj
Cover: cbj, 2015
Genre: YA / Contemporary
ISBN:  9783570171486

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."
(Source: Goodreads)


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Sunday, July 5, 2015

A-Z Bookish TAG

I saw this tag on The Perpetual Page Turner and thought it could be fun. 

Make sure to check out the original post on Jamie's Blog



Author you’ve read the most books from:
According to Goodreads it's L.J. Smith and it's not a surprise to me. 
I hardly stick with a series until the end or commit to an author for more than five or six books. Unless it's L.J. Smith. Whenever I'm sure that I've finally found the best book she's written I encounter another series by her that takes my by storm.  The Forbidden Game series is my latest obsession and I was baffled at how fast I read it. You should definitely check one of her books out. Guaranteed for a creepy read mixed with a swoon-worthy villain love interest.

Best Sequel Ever: 
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini really redeemed her for me. I absolutely hated the first, but the second one was pretty alright.

Currently Reading:
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Drink of Choice While Reading: 
Tap water. Always stay hydrated, kids.


E-reader or Physical Book? 
Physical book. I don't own an e-reader.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: 
Dimitri Belikov from the Vampire Academy series. Oops.


Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Don't be intimidated by the size, seriously, it's really good. I wasn't a fan of the sequel A Clash of Kings though, but the first one is really a gem.


Hidden Gem Book: 
Starters by Lissa Price. So, so, sooo good.

Important Moment in your Reading Life: 
Probably every time I read the last page of a book. So satisfying.

Just Finished: 
Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I'm not a fan of religious books in general. Books about religious topics on the other hand are fine with me. I just don't like patronizing stuff.

Longest Book You’ve Read:
If you don't count three-in-one books, I guess it would be the first Game of Thrones book. I think it's about 850-ish pages.


Major book hangover because of: 
Great world building

Number of Bookcases You Own: 
1 1/2


One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: 
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. I have no idea how often I read this, I think I already broke the spine in like 2007.

Preferred Place To Read: 
Couch, Bed, Balcony. Preferably in that order. I like to change places a lot.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“If there's one thing I've learned, it's this: We all want everything to be okay. We don't even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.” 

Damn you, David Levithan. This is from Every Day. If I haven't tried to harass you into reading this, regard this as a gentle nudge.

Reading Regret: 
Trying Jenny Han novels. I'm too old for this.

Series You Started And Need To Finish
Ahahahaha. I'll only list the ones that I would actually bother to finish for the sake of our sanity.
  • Stefan's Diaries Series by L.J. Smith (2/6)
  • The Princess Diaires Series by Meg Cabot (2/15)
  • A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (2/5)
  • Hourglass Trilogy by Myra McEntire (1/3)
  • Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead (5/6)
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

  • Something Missing by Matthew Dicks
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Life's That Way by Jim Beaver
Unapologetic Fangirl For: 
Vampire Academy. Dear God, please hit me with a shovel. When will this obsession ever die?

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The Next Together by Lauren E. James!!!!!!!!
"Finding Audrey" is actually already out in English, but I'm still waiting for the German copy to be released by the end of july. I absolutely love Kinsella and can't wait.

Worst Bookish Habit: 
DNF-ing books is the worst. I like to do that.

X Marks The Spot: 
Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Beautiful Creatures by Kami García and Margaret Stohl.

Your latest book purchase: 
Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor.


ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): 
Hourglass by Myra McEntire. Too good writing. I'm angry.



Thanks for reading and I TAG YOU to do this if you want to. 

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella




It's not a secret that I'm obsessed with Sophie Kinsella and will read everything she'll ever publish. When I first heard about "Finding Audrey" - finally a YA novel from her! I just couldn't say no.

Release Date: June 9th 2015

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. "


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