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I liked the romance - I don't feel it is anything special, but I was happy to see a supportive love interest that helps the main character in their recovery, yet isn't attributed to as the sole reason they begin to get better. Linus was probably my second favorite character for that reason. I also liked Audrey's brother, Frank, but I don't feel he had a huge contribution to the story. I struggled very hard with Audrey's mother; She is the type of helicopter parent that believes they are doing what is best for their child while simultaneously harming them, and while this is absolutely a real parental role that many teens have to live with, she made the majority of the book extremely unbearable. I don't feel we had enough development on Audrey's father for me to have strong feelings, and apart from being the cute younger brother who acts as comic relief, Felix also isn't a memorable character for me. First off, the plot sounded so predictable and yes it was. The plot was more centered around Audrey's brother, Frank than Audrey herself. They were always talking about Frank. Frank being obsessed with his computer. Frank playing LOC. Frank who's sleeping late just to play his video game. The parents are mad at Frank. Frank.. Frank.. Frank..

Not to mention, we don’t get to know Linus at all. I’m not kidding, I couldn’t even tell you if he has any siblings. All we know is that he plays video games and he’s Audrey’s brothers friend. His literal only purpose is to “fix” Audrey. He’s only there to kiss her and tell her to talk to random people and congratulations, she’s cured.

Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Penguin Random House UK Children’s and NetGalley.) Half of this book was Audrey's mom and brother fighting over a video game. Honestly, it was funny and hilarious but as time goes by and their yelling keeps on going, it was annoying. Imagine you're this family's neighbor and everyday you can hear their fights, wouldn't that be a bit irritating? Your mum’s really like ...” He blinks nervously. “She’s like Goddess Warrior Enhanced Level Seven.” I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book! At first I was so excited for it because it sounded perfect for me because when I was Audrey's age, I had actually gone through something freakishly similar to her in this book! But then again, I had issues with it that I was hoping wouldn't arise but unfortunately I couldn't ignore. Emotional, captivating and ultimately uplifting - buy this for the teens in your life, as well as yourself Daily Mail

We're just looking and looking at each other. And I can feel something new between us, something even more intimate than anything we've ever done. Eye to eye. It's the most powerful connection in the world." Linus and Audrey develop a very sweet and empowering friendship. What did you try to capture in their relationship? One author who has greatly inspired my writing is Jane Austen. We get such an intimate connection with Emma, Lizzy, and all her heroines. We know their every thought, good or bad. That confessional, direct voice is something I try to give my heroines too. As a child I also read a lot of E. Nesbit, who creates such clever, funny voices for her characters. I only realise now what an influence she’s been on me.


The reason I didn't give this book a full five star rating is (HERE COMES THE SPOILER PART) we never found out what really happened that triggered Audrey's anxiety. Audrey's mother is a neurotic Daily Mail fan who constantly tries to improve her family's lifestyle after reading articles like "The Eight Signs Your Child is Addicted to Computer Games". She's comical, infuriating, but still lovable. Audrey's Dad reluctantly tries to enforce the rules his wife establishes, but he really just wants to keep the peace and watch Downton Abbey. Audrey's older brother Frank is obsessed with a game called LOC (similar to World of Warcraft) and this causes many hilarious arguments with his mum. And then there's Audrey. Episodes. Like depression is a sitcom with a fun punch line each time. Or a TV box set loaded with cliffhangers. The only cliffhanger in my life is "Will I ever get rid of this shit?" and believe me, it gets pretty monotonous.

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