June 2015, Doubleday, 288 pages, Ebook, Review copy from NetGalley
Content: anxiety, tissue needed
Summary from Sophie's website
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.
This is a brilliant insight into a teen with severe anxiety issues. I can't stress how realistic this seems. I haven't had such intense anxiety as Audrey does, but I could understand her reaction to certain situations. Her family is insane and had me giggling heaps, as well as making me go awww when they demonstrated great compassion to her. The only thing which prevents this from being a top grade is the fact that the details of exactly what happened to Audrey were never fully explained. Unless I misread something. I thought she might reveal all at the end, and was disappointed to remain in the dark.
Her actions were a bit foolhardy, and alarming when it came to the escapades with her brother and his friend as they could have ended up serious, but the way which Audrey changes from the first to the last page in terms of her anxiety and other issues is heartwarming and demonstrates the inner strength which she has buried inside her.