Audrey’s family is off their rocker, all of them. Her older brother, Frank, can’t be moved from his computer long enough to even grunt a few words. Her younger brother Felix might have something wrong with him, or he’s just the most bizarre little kid. Their mother is always getting some weird new fad going about how they should be living and their father, well, he’s just trying to exist!
Of course, in reality, while Audrey’s family really is like that, Audrey is really the one struggling. Audrey was the target of some really awful bullying at her school. So awful that she now can’t even leave her house, other than for visits to her therapist, and needs to wear dark sunglasses at all time – even when in the house.
Audrey isn’t ready to interact with the world, and her family tries their hardest to support her. Her brother has a friend come over one day to play an online game, whose name is Linus. Audrey remembers Linus from a school play, and is amazed and terrified he’s in her house. After a very awkward beginning, Audrey finds Linus to be a perfect companion and he begins to help her move beyond the house.
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella is the story of a young girl recovering from a traumatic experience and how her family deals with the ramifications. As a reader, you never learn the particulars of the bullying incident, which might bother some. Also, the book takes place in England so be ready for some different word usage. Overall, a charming, some times laugh out loud, serious look at how a regular family can deal with trauma.
Recommended for 8th grade and up.