Saturday, 4 June 2016

Finding Audrey | Book review (Spoiler Free)

Hello Everyone! 
Today I thought I'd sit down and write for you a little review... and that rhymed, so we are off to a good start! Lets just jump right into it!

Finding Audrey 

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. 

Finding Audrey follows the story of a 14 year old Audrey, and her emotional and physical journey of living with depression and severe social anxiety.

Going into this book, I was expecting something extremely sad, and to be crying after every page. However Sophie Kinsella portrayed this important subject with an upbeat background, which i personally think was great to captivate the target audience. 
She is educating the reader on these illnesses, but also showing how they effect peoples every day lives. The author does this by intertwining the narrators feelings and emotions with every day family antics - showing that the people affected by this are just normal people who happen to deal with problems that others may not.

The synopsis makes this book sound like finding a boyfriend cures Audrey's illness, but that isn't the case. Yes, Linus does support her improvement. But this book shows that recovering from a mental illness may be a slow process, and will be full of ups and downs - 'two steps forward, one step back'. This is what made the book for me, it shows that having a boyfriend doesn't cure a mental illness, unlike in some other YA books.

Yes, I was that crazy lady on the bus cackling to herself, but I had good reason! Without a doubt, this book is hilarious! All of the shenanigans going on in the family, really do make you burst out laughing. I think that every character in this book made me laugh at some point. You have Frank, Audrey's sarcastic brother, with a passion for gaming, and going against his mother. Felix, Audrey's 4 year old brother, who does all of the adorable and hilarious things that a 4 year old decides should be happening. Audrey's mum, who is dead set that computers are the devil, and should all be destroyed (literally, this happens). All of these characters, and the hilarity of them, makes the book light hearted, but doesn't degrade the topic of mental illness.

This all ties together to create one big heartwarming story that will make you laugh out loud and burst into tears - and relate to. I think everyone will find something of themselves in Audrey and her family.

You Will Love This Book If:

  • You struggle with anxiety or depression or would like to be more educated on these subjects.
  • You fancy a heartwarming and hilarious read!

Until next time,

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Spring/Summer Wishlist

Hello everyone! I am really pumped to be writing posts today - I'm churning them out left, right and centre!

Lets just begin by saying how crazy it is that its already June! 2016 has just flown by!
Side note- yes, I am aware that I add an exclamation point to everything I write! It's getting seriously out of hand, guys.

Today I thought I'd show you a few things that I really want to get my hands on, and hopefully will very soon! Actually, who am I kidding. I'm that person who has a long list of things she wants to buy, but then never actually buys them, because that involves spending money. Well, here are all of the things that I really like, but will probably never get around to buying because I'm so cheap! haha.

Zoella Sweet Inspirations Body Mist
As I'm sure many of you have heard, Zoe has released a brand new range to add to the 'Zoella beauty' line. I have no idea what this smells like, but I have everybody spray from each range, and this would just add to my little collection! Plus, I'm sure it smells amazing!

MAC Whirl
If you've been here for a while, you will remember my old MAC lipstick wishlist. This was on there, but I haven't gotten around to buying it yet (big surprise there). After watching Tanya Burr's new 90's makeup tutorial, and this lipstick, in my opinion, completing the look, its been bumped up to my most wanted list!

Marble and Coral iPhone Case
I need a new phone case, I really hate mine! My dad bought a case that he figured a teenage girl would like - which means it has kisses and hearts all over it... oh its as bad as it sounds! So I want get one that's a little more très chic, than just totally tragic. And any case with a marble design just calls out to my little heart.

Real Techniques Core Collection Kit
I know, I know, I am so late on that bandwagon! But after hearing some raving reviews, I feel it is time for me to catch up with, and jump on, the bandwagon!

MOTO Pretty Blue Mom Jeans
I have wanted a pair of mom jeans for the longest of times! Whenever I see someone walk past with a pair, I have to point them out. It's gotten to the stage where my best friend knows exactly what I'm pointing at without even looking.
I'm just a little tired with wearing the same style of jeans all of the time, and these would help me mix it up a bit. And plus, they will look amazing in the summer!

Anna Saccone: Libra Rose Gold Necklace
I absolutely love Anna's range! These necklaces are very personal to her, and yet she has still managed to make them look amazing! I had the idea for me and my best friend to get each other matching necklaces for our birthdays, because we were born only a few days apart. Turns out those extra days mean we are different star signs. So that's that idea went out the window! But, you know she can still buy me one... hint hint, haha.

That's all for today! Until next time,