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 and with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary.
Audrey is afraid of leaving her comfort zone to the point where she can’t interact with people and wear sunglasses inside her own house. she feels trapped by her fear and wants to be a normal girl who can visit Starbucks without having a panic attack. Her brother, an aspiring pro gamer, introduces Linus into their lives and with his relaxed attitude, Audrey feels comfortable enough to have small conversations with him – through notes and texts. Eventually Audrey gets better with Linus’ help but mental health recovery is not an easy task and Audrey feels the consequences of her self-proclaimed “recovery”.
It was a bit hard to connect with Audrey since she’s 10 years younger than me but the main events, her mental illness, her battle for recovery and the introduction of Linus in her life, took most of the attention and I didn’t really think too much about it. I appreciated how mental illness was displayed as well as how light the tone of the book was despite Audrey’s deep issues. I also liked the fact that we got to know her family and how they had their own problems too so it wasn’t all about Audrey’s issues. Linus was honestly a cheesy character (a bit too knight-in-shining-armor) but again, it makes sense since Audrey is just a teenager and it would appeal to her.
It wasn’t a book that made a deep impression on me but it was pretty entertaining and highlighted some mental issues that can be hard to understand and talk about. I would recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a mental health-focused plot with a light atmosphere.