It’s unsettling when you read a YA book, and identify more with the mother than the main character. Especially when the mother is described on the first page as insane.
The mother in Finding Audrey is concerned with how much screen time her teenage children are clocking in, and honestly, I think she probably should be worried. (Note: I don’t have teenagers. My own children old enough for video games got their first ones last year for Christmas, when they were 9 and 7 years old. They get 30 minutes a day of screen time at home. Unless our baseball team is in the World Series–then all screen time bets are off, but we’re all too busy watching baseball to have time for video games.)
The teenage son, Frank, sometimes plays 10 hours of video games a day (and wakes up at 2 am to play), which his mother has an issue with. She wants her children to be interested in “books and art and the outdoors and museums and maybe a competitive sport…”
I read 100 pages of Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella, and just wasn’t interested in finishing. I skipped to the end and read the last few pages, and decided I really wasn’t interested in finishing, and abandoned the book.
I hoped that Kinsella’s light and humorous tone would translate well to a YA book, but maybe it just isn’t the book for me. Video games play a large role in the book, and I detest video games. We resisted them for a long time, and finally grudgingly let them into our home, where we could control what games we own and how long our boys play. We ultimately decided that for us, teaching our boys limits and self-control was better than forbidding video games completely.
I was first introduced to the first three Shopaholic books when I was in college. I’ve also read Can You Keep a Secret? Remember Me? Twenties Girl and the Undomestic Goddess. Today Me in my mid-thirties is different than College Me in my early twenties, and (sadly) I think it’s time that Sophie Kinsella and I part ways. I am planning to reread Twenties Girl, to refresh my opinion.
A Curious Beginning has lots of witty, fast-paced dialogue, and is presumably the first in a new series of mystery novels. Our heroine, Veronica Speedwell has very modern ideas, and is strong spirited, but isn’t altogether likable. I’ve never read anything by this author, although I’ve heard good things about her earlier mysteries, the Lady Julia Grey series (and I’ve now put number one on hold). Nevertheless, it was a fun easy read, and I will keep an eye out for future sequels.
With two and a half months of the year left, I’m putting The Nightingale in my top 10 books of 2015 list. It’s a gorgeous story of two sisters in France during WWII, and the very different paths each chose. Both made heartbreaking decisions along the way, in order to survive. Their story is intertwined with the story of a mother and son visiting Paris in 1995.
The author shows that life has many shades of gray, and isn’t always black and white–most of the characters are neither 100% good or evil–they are people making the best of a horrific situation.
Check out what else I’ve been reading recently: The Royal We; Circles of Time; The Other Daughter; and The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress; as well as What Pet Should I Get? For the Love and Why Not Me?
Are you a fan of Sophie Kinsella, and why or why not? Did I miss out by not finishing Finding Audrey? How do you deal with video games at your house? What good books have you been reading lately?
Linking up with Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy–head over there for more great book reviews!