Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy.The award for bad parenting goes to this book.
Seriously. I'm not even kidding. The mother was extremely hysterical and while I found it somewhat funny at first, it just got too much. I mean, come on, you're 40, not 400! Surely you must know that kids today actually do
need their computers for school. She was just way out there! She needed some help, really. The father wasn't much better, he was distant all the time and was afraid to speak his mind. Ugh. So bad parenting. The worst! I don't think I've ever read anything like it.
That being said, I still liked the book. I definitely like Sophie Kinsella's humor, I found this book to be very funny at times, to the point where I had to actually laugh and not just smile. It was a very light read and great for a summer day.
I also liked Frank and Linus. Frank, Audrey's brother, wasn't perfect, he definitely did some things wrong, but I didn't really mind because let's be honest - which 16 year old kid doesn't do anything
wrong? Linus seemed to be such a nice guy and I really liked the way he and Audrey communicated.
Some people was offended by this book, saying it "made fun of" social anxiety disorder. Yeah, sure, it told everything in a light and fun way, but it didn't make fun of the disease at all, not to me anyway. To some people, humour is a secret weapon to deal with life and psychological issues and that's what I felt this book did. I'm not saying people shouldn't get offended, I'm just saying I wasn't. Not the slightest.
I found the ending to be way too rushed! You never find out what really happened to Audrey and she gets well way too easily! Also, what happened when she ran away? Guess we'll never know.
Despite all the issues I had with this book, I liked it and had a good time.