by Sophie Kinsella
Delacorte Press, 2015. 286 pgs. Young Adult Fiction
After an incident at school leaves fourteen-year-old Audrey with social anxiety, she wears dark sunglasses nearly all the time to keep from facing the world both literally and figuratively. Her therapist and parents are gently trying to help her progress but with few results.
When Audrey meets her brother, Frank's, computer gamer friend, Linus, he is exactly what she needs. Linus doesn't judge or pity her. Soon Audrey finds herself more determined to start the healing process. However, things go comically awry when Audrey's mother reads about the bad affects of computer gaming in the Daily Mail and forces Frank and his friends, who have been practicing nonstop for an upcoming international gaming competition, to stop playing.
Author of the popular Shopaholic series, this is Sophie Kinsella's first foray into Young Adult fiction. Many YA novels focus on family dynamics but usually with absentee or overbearing parents. Kinsella's novel focuses on the whole family with all of its humor and dysfunction. Though I found the ending to be a little too neat and tidy, overall I thoroughly enjoy this novel.