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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (7 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141327049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141327044
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review, Booklist, August 1, 2009:
"LeFleur proves she is an author to watch in this debut novel."


"From the Hardcover edition." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

At a very young age, Suzanne LaFleur fell in love with stories. She loved stories so much that she decided that if she had to grow up, she would write new stories for kids to read. Love, Aubrey is her first book. Suzanne works with children in New York City and Boston.


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Format: Hardcover
Some people have a particular weakness for books that tug at their heartstrings: I don't. I don't like crying and I don't enjoy feeling emotionally drained. Last year, I actually stopped reading a very well-written YA title because I had realised that the ending was going to be too sad for me to bear. And yet somehow I found I could cope with Love, Aubrey, possibly the most heartbreaking novel I've ever read. It's the story of an eleven-year-old girl who, having survived the car accident that killed her father and her little sister, is abandoned by her mother. The kind of story that usually has me bailing out at the first sign of (my own) tears.

Not this time. Love, Aubrey is different. It's not melodramatic. It's not clichéd. It's matter-of-fact and intimate. Suzanne LaFleur communicates what's happened to Aubrey - this terrible, almost unimaginable loss and abandonment - by evoking childhood memories we all have. The brief moment of panic that time when your parent was late to pick you up from school, the day your sibling was taken to hospital with some injury that later turned out to be minor - that's Aubrey's life, every minute of every day. We've all had a tiny glimpse of it, and that's why it hurts.

At eleven, Aubrey is a very young protagonist compared to those in most of the books I read. I was slightly apprehensive about this, but my concerns evaporated in the first few pages. I connected with her instantly, and somehow she was both believable as an eleven year old and complex enough to engage me throughout the story.
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Love, Aubrey is one of my favourite books of 2009. It's heartbreaking yet uplifting, and covers a spectrum of emotions.

Aubrey is a lovely character, and is one that I didn't expect to identify with at all, seeing as I'm double her age. She's brave and tough, and although she's experiencing the worst time of her life, she never complains or feels sorry for herself. She gets on with her life by surrounding herself with new friends and family, and is honestly one of the most inspirational protagonists I've ever encountered.

Besides Aubrey, my favourite part of the book is the family next door, including Aubrey's best friend Bridget and her younger sister Mabel. I loved their relationship, and the way Aubrey always advised Bridget to spend more time with her sister. Like the old saying goes, you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone, and Aubrey really hammers this point home.

Suzanne LaFleur writes about loss and grief brilliantly, and her words reduced me to tears on several occasions. Aubrey's shattered innocence really affected me, because no eleven-year-old should have to go through what she does. The letters Aubrey writes to her missing family and friends are heart-rending and beautifully written, and I had to read a couple of them twice before I could continue with the story.

Love, Aubrey is a fantastic debut novel, and I really cannot wait to see what LaFleur writes next. The front of the book doesn't lie: Aubrey made me cry, she made me smile, and she'll definitely stay with me forever.
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My 10 year old daughter read this book in two nights and this is what she wants to say about it: I think its a fantastic book i got it from school on a Wednesday and finished it on Friday. It was the best book i have ever read and i am looking forward to reading other books by Suzanne LaFleur. Its a story about a little girl called Aubrey who gets left by her mother and has to try and love by herself it isn't exactly hard? Eating cheese and crackers watching TV. But then her gram knocks on her door and Aubrey has to fess up. Aubrey goes and lives with her gram in Vermont. She finds a perfect friend living next door to her gram called Bridget. Gram tries her best to call up moms friends and relatives and finally they no where she is. Soon Christmas comes and Aubrey is waiting for her mum to visit her 1 week after Christmas her hopes fade away her mother hasn't been to visit her. When Aubreys birthday comes a present comes from her mother and she calls. Her mother wants Aubrey to live with her again and Aubrey has to make a big decision. Leave her friends and Gram to live with her mum or stay. As i said this book is fantastic and i recommend it.
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Love Aubrey is a very touching book. It is heart warming and emotional. Any girl who likes Jacqueline Wilson will like this. It is of similar style.
It is a great story for any age, highly recommend!
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I loved this book! It has a good storyline and is full of strong feelings. A young girl named Aubrey is left alone, abandoned by her mother. Her father and sister are dead after a car accident. She is found by her gran and lives with her while they search for her mother!

A sad page turner but I would without a doubt reccommend it!!!
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If you go back a few years, this book was every where. Every blog was talking about it, reviewing it, apparently loving it. For whatever reason, it was never really something I looked that closely at. But I recently saw it in a shop and gave it a look - and immediately became captivated by Aubrey's story.

Aubrey's life has been turned upside down. She is alone in her house. No mum, no dad, no sister. No-one. For a few days, Aubrey has been living on her own, feeding herself, watching tv, avoiding the phone, not answering the door. But then the phone keeps ringing and she starts to get worried. Then someone is at the door and won't go away. It's her Gram, who, after worrying over the phone not being answered and that something was really wrong, has come down. She finds Aubrey alone, and realises what has happened.

I'm not going to tell you any more than that. It's quite good going into this story knowing nothing except for the fact that Aubrey is alone - not the circumstances or anything around it. You're left wondering from the first page, and it gives a good kind of disturbing, not knowing why this young girl is all on her own. With the arrival of her Gram, part of the worry disappears - there's someone to look after her now. But that doesn't mean all the problems are solved. Where is her Mum? Why does she talk like her Dad and younger sister, Savannah, have been gone a long while?

This book is absolutely heart-wrenching. Not only because you are along with Aubrey the whole way as she deals with her own feelings, worries and fears, but also because of her mother. As bad as it sounds for a mother to abandon their child, it's not always a case of just a bad parent who doesn't care.
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