Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
HERE’S MY REVIEW!
I am very intrigued to read this because this was definitely a hyped book back then in 2015, when the book was first released. Most people in Goodreads like the story, so I want to give it a try.
I kinda enjoy reading it, as the main issues discussed are heavy subjects, for example mental health issues such as social anxiety disorder and clinical depression. We read about Audrey’s daily struggles fighting her own self after being diagnosed and we get to see how that illness affects her family entirely. After the incident, her parents are so careful and meticulous of what their children do in their life to a point where the mother doesn’t even allow any video gaming in the house, because apparently it makes you tired and irritable, based on what she has read in the newspaper. Which is true by the way.
Throughout the book, she consults with her doctor and it is fascinating to see how the doctor tries to push the boundaries of what Audrey can do. It is not easy to take control of your anxiety, it will definitely take time. What I know from this book is that the people around the person is a vital part in recovering them. However, in the story, we don’t really know what is the incident that triggers the main character’s illnesses. I feel the writing is unfinished and lazy, as the story is incomplete. A little background story of what really happen won’t hurt a little because it really makes the difference. It makes the reader comprehend the story better and it will strengthen the story line.
Apart from that, there are many hilarious moments that make me smile while reading. Overall, an okay book to devour once in a while.