Book Review: Love, Aubrey

Love Aubrey CoverBook: Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur

Published June 2009 by Random House Children’s Books|Pages: 224

Source: E-book|Nook Store

Series: None

Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary

Goodreads|Suzanne LaFleur’s Website

Summary: “I had everything I needed to run a household: a house, food, and a new family. From now on it would just be me and Sammy–the two of us, and no one else.”

A tragic accident has turned eleven-year-old Aubrey’s world upside down. Starting a new life all alone, Aubrey has everything she thinks she needs: SpaghettiOs and Sammy, her new pet fish. She cannot talk about what happened to her. Writing letters is the only thing that feels right to Aubrey, even if no one ever reads them.

With the aid of her loving grandmother and new friends, Aubrey learns that she is not alone, and gradually, she finds the words to express feelings that once seemed impossible to describe. The healing powers of friendship, love, and memory help Aubrey take her first steps toward the future.

Readers will care for Aubrey from page one and will watch her grow until the very end, when she has to make one of the biggest decisions of her life.

I don’t normally read middle grade, but I’ve had this one on my Nook for a while, and was so glad I took the time to read it.  I really need to read more middle grade, because this was such a sweet story!

Aubrey is, like, such a sweet kid, and I loved seeing her relationship with her grandmother and how she opened up about what happened.  There’s something really special about grandparent-grandchild relationships, and Love, Aubrey totally made me think of my grandparents.

I loved that her grandma was there for her after Aubrey’s mom wasn’t able to take care of her, and how her grandma let Aubrey decide where she wanted to live when her mom was finally ready to take care of Aubrey.  I totally loved that Aubrey decided to stay with her grandma until the end of the school year because she liked it there and because she has friends.

I can’t completely relate to having her mom abandoning her, but I can definitely relate to losing people who are important to you but also having people who really love you.  I didn’t particularly care for Aubrey’s mom and how she shut down after the accident.  Is it understandable?  Sure.  But…I don’t know, she had her own journey, but I just wasn’t interested in her part of the story.

I also loved the letters Aubrey wrote to Tilly, her sister’s imaginary friend.  They were all times really well, and the letters she wrote to her parents and sister were also a nice touch.

Final Thoughts:

I really enjoyed Love, Aubrey.  I felt like Aubrey’s voice and how she dealt with things were really real, and I liked seeing her journey.  Also, I loved the cover and how much it related to the book!  I didn’t love it, but I still thought it was a great read, so Love, Aubrey gets 4 stars.

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