Mental Illness Fiction?


Welcome Back to Suggestion Sunday!

I hope you have all had a fabulously bookish filled week, today’s post is back to Suggestion Sunday. This is where I recommend a book which I have previously read in order to introduce you to hopefully your next read.

Today’s recommendation is going to be a Contemporary Young Adult Novel which focuses on a Teenager called Audrey who suffers from Anxiety. This was the first book I read which featured a protagonist suffering from a mental illness and I was interested in finding out how an author would approach such a subject.

Without further ado this book is called….[drum roll please] Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella.



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.

Be prepared to laugh, dream and hope with Audrey as she learns that even when you feel like you have lost yourself, love can still find you . . .

Just a few of my thoughts:

Finding Audrey was a 4 star read for me, suffering from Anxiety myself made me both excited and apprehensive to read a book focused on a character also suffering from Anxiety. I was nervous as to how Audrey would be presented but ultimately I wanted to see how a book would approach this subject because I had never read a book similar to this before.

Overall I was excited that Sophie Kinsella was even writing a book focused on this subject because that in itself allows the topic to be brought up for discussion and I think its important that Young Adults and Teenagers are educated more on Mental Illness. Ultimately education will help remove the stigma attached to Mental Illness. I myself was very surprised at this book, I found it insightful and realistic as well as funny. Sophie Kinsella portrayed what I would deem a typically British family and this book is all about Audrey’s journey to attempt to get better and beat the hold her Anxiety has over her.

Let me know in the comments if Finding Audrey is a book which you would be interested in reading OR if you have any recommendations on books featuring characters suffering from Mental Illness, be sure to tell me them!

Also let me know your thoughts on my Suggestion Sunday segment, if you think this is something you would like to see more of, suggestions for particular genres? 

Have a wonderful week!

Useful Links: Goodreads: Finding Audrey | Sophie Kinsella – Goodreads

13 thoughts on “Mental Illness Fiction?

    1. I actually have tried to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower before but I couldn’t get into it so I didn’t get far into it. I will have to give it another go, I think I will appreciate it more now and be able to get into it! 😀


    1. I’m glad you’re considering picking this book up for yourself, it offers an interesting perspective from the eyes of a young teen. I hope you enjoy it if you do pick it up for yourself, I would love to hear your thoughts if you do!

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