Monday, June 1, 2009

Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur


Eleven-year-old Aubrey was riding in the car with her family when a tragic accident killed her father and younger sister. Her mother, who was driving the car, was so devastated and depressed that she left Aubrey all alone. When Aubrey's grandmother gets worried because no one is returning her phone calls, she travels from Vermont to Virginia and discovers that Aubrey is living by herself. Aubrey soon moves to Vermont to live with her grandmother and is eventually able to begin healing and dealing with her grief and feelings of abandonment.

Love, Aubrey is a beautifully-written novel and filled with heart-wrenching sadness. Aubrey is a believable character who goes through periods of denial, grief, and anger. Her grandmother is an exceptionally strong woman and is instrumental in helping Aubrey recover as is Aubrey's new friend, Bridget, and her guidance counselor, Amy, at the school. Told from Aubrey's point-of-view, readers get an inside look at a child who has suffered a great loss, and I think this would be an excellent book for a child who has experienced a loss in his or her life. It would also be a great book for adults who are helping a child through such a loss.

I also think this is the perfect book for a kid who likes heart-wrenching books. I know when I was a child, I would have devoured this book, and even reading it as an adult, I found it inspiring to see how someone, a child nonetheless, dealt with such a devastating loss. I started crying on the first page and didn't stop until the book was finished.

Highly recommended, but don't forget your tissues.


ISBN: 978-0385737746 | Wendy Lamb Books | June 9, 2009 | Source: review copy from publisher | Buy from an independent bookstore | Buy from Amazon


34 comments:

  1. It sounds like such a great book! I can't wait to read it.

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  2. Wow. I've read a couple books recently with moms who withdraw (Saving Francesca, Broken Soup), and I loved them both. I'll have to check this one out when it comes out!

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  3. I gave this book to my 13 year old daughter, everynight this week I went into her room well after she should have been sleeping, to find her- tears streaming down her face but unable to stop reading. She finished Wed. night and I finished this morning at 4:00 a.m. Thank you Suzanne. For any family, my absolute favorite strand of the story is between Aubrey and Bridget. I love walking into my daughter's overnights to see she and her friend gently stroking each other's hair as they rest watching a moving or just chatting. You captured the beautiful in what most of us see as the ugly adolescent.
    My daughter's comment. " It wasn't just a dumb teen book" I struggle to find something for her to read to keep her from TV. THANK YOU< THANK YOU!

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  4. This book is absolutely amazing. The story line is so detailed... It gives you stuff to think about after you read the book. I love it when you can do that with a book. At the beginning of the story, I was a bit confused, but I learned a lot once once I got into the middle chapters. The point of view is nice, considering it's different from other books that I read. I bought this book when I was visiting an out of town friend, and I spent hours lazying on the couch reading this, crying many times. Of sorrow. Of happiness. This book is FANTASTIC.

    I totally reccomend it. A+++

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  5. is it too sad? i really dont want to be crying over a book. it just seems really, well... sad. i guess.

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    1. wow this is shocking

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  6. Its a really good book. I couldn't put it down!

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  7. I love your book its one of the best i read!!!!!!

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  8. I love your book sooo much!!
    it has such a fascinating story line!
    so origional...

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  9. i have not read it yet but i am going to over the weekend so its gonna be good!!!!!

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  10. terri louise mccallumMay 21, 2010 at 2:52 AM

    hi im terri mccallu
    i am 12
    and i think that this book is awesome.
    I love it so mutch & I havent eaven red it all yet(:
    i am on page 68 and am insperd to read the hole book
    if i was to rate it i would give it <10/10>
    plase bring out a second editon

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  11. i love love aubrey it is the best book ever
    i love it
    i give it a 90/10 it is that gd
    iv read it all the way through
    it was the best book evere
    love aubrey

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  12. I GOT THE BOOK BUT HAVEN'T READ IT BU CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT

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  13. hi
    im 11 and our teacher ordered a book for us.she never said which one. reading da comments i think its amazing.its been 5 days and it hasnt come.hope its as gd as u lot r saying. HOPE SO!!

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  15. dear jilly,
    i'm afraid i cannot put this book down. the only reason i have now is cos i wanna let you know how fabulous it is. i haven't finished it yet, but i know that when i do i'll read it again. nobody apart from the readers of Love Aubery have read a book this good. READ IT, BUY IT, GET IT IN YOUR HANDS AND START READING NOW!
    Love, Aubery x

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  16. get the book, 100 stars out of 5

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  17. I Have read its a hard book and to sad a like read sads books like the white girrafe.

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  18. "She will make you cry."
    "She will make you smile."
    "Aubrey will stay with you forever."
    Great words from the author.

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  19. Its a Great Boook

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  20. This book is absolutely amazing. The story line is so detailed... It gives you stuff to think about after you read the book. I love it when you can do that with a book. At the beginning of the story, I was a bit confused.

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  21. I just finished the book now! Wow, what a wonderfull, well-written story! A truely moving book!I'm going to get my mom to read this book too! I'm 12/13 and got this book from my school library, but I will buy a copy of Love, Aubrey to keep for myself! This book made me cry, smile and feel all Aubrey's emotions! Aubrey will stay with me forever...

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  22. Just brilliant. I wish we all had friends like bridget.

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  23. Oh My God!!! I Got This Book From School. And I Already Read It Twice!!! This Book Is Amazing! I hope Suzanne Writes More Of These!!! And Theres A Fim As Well! Looked In Youtube But No Luck:'(

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  24. Hi This Is The Same Person That Wrote About Finding It On Youtube. Couldnt Post All Of It But AnyWay. Heres What I Think......
    I Actually Think Briget Should Stay With Her Grandma And Bridget!!! LUV THIS BOOK! 1 OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE ERVER READ! OBVIOUSLY HARRY POTTER IS A LOT BETTER BUT STILLLL!!! ANYWAY THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH LAFLEUR!!!

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  25. Hi im am now in year 8 and in year 7 we got to choose a book for free i picked funnyly enough this book when i finally got it i started reading it it is a very good book very sad and yet happy something! I think it is the best book ive ever read thats why in year 8 my teacher has said to do a book report and i am to do..... Love Aubrey! so thankyou ever so much Suzanne LaFLeur for writing this book!

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  26. Hey i'm vicky and im thirteen, nearly fourteen! I would like to say Love Aubrey is the best book I have ever read in my entire life! I just could not put it down. I was sad everytime i had to stop reading to do jobs or to sleep. I have enjoyed it so much. Thank you so much Suzanne LaFleur for writing this amazing and emotional book!

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  27. Dear Suzanne,

    Love, Aubrey is one of the most heartbreaking books I've ever read - if not the most. I have just finished the book a few minutes ago and went straight to surf about it because I just couldn't let it go.

    I started crying after phyically crying after a few pages even though I knew.. that I was already crying and trying to reach out to Aubrey from reading the blurb at the back of the book. I never stopped crying until the end. If you could see me then, you would know that that statement is not far-fetched.

    As it is my sister's friend's, I am planning to buy one I can call my own copy. That shows how much I loved reading the book.

    I love you for sharing Aubrey's world to us. Thank you.

    Love, Tay

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  28. I absolutely LOVE this book! Strongly recommend it to everyone!(:

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  29. i love this book and now i am waiting for you to write your third book u have made a fan 4 life amazing your writing makes me smile, cry and all around it lets me relate to the situations

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  30. i love this book so far this book is about an amazing little girl whos mind thinks like a 4 year old at times and my tittle 1 teacher is very prud of me because i love this book

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