“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.”
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This is what you are probably wondering while reading this book review. Is this one of those love stories where the boy helps the girl get better with true love? I was wondering the exact same thing and was going to just put it back on the library shelf but I though why not give it a shot. I found that surprisingly this was not the case. Although the boy Linus helped Audrey get better she did most of it on her own and not all of it was from Linus.
I was happy that the book wasn’t too romantic and found it great that Linus and Audrey’s relationship wasn’t very sexual. I found the relationship almost like a friendly, loving relationship. I think Audrey’s parents had some kind of talk that had sexual content in it but it wasn’t major and I barely noticed it. I would say that there was quite a bit of swearing from one of the characters (Audrey’s brother) but I would say that it wasn’t too much for me to handle and didn’t cross the line, but the book was on the sweary side so i’d say the book should be for ages 12 and up.
The book had a very positive message as it showed how bullying is a big issue and it effects a lot of people, especially teenagers. Audrey was able to push through that pain and used lots of coping strategies which can help teens with the same problems. Audrey was a very big role model throughout the book as well for being brave by trying her best to recover from her anxiety disorder. This also showed lots of educational value as it showed what anxiety, panic attacks, loss, and bullying feels like and how much it can affect people.
All in all it was one of my favorite books and really enjoyed reading it and reviewing it. Even though the main protagonist went through a lot, it was a pretty lighthearted book and didn’t make you feel terrible reading it. Hope you liked this review! Comment down below if you have any books that you think I might be interested in! Bye for now Bookworms!