Love, Aubrey Paperback – 7 Jan 2010
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
It is a great story for any age, highly recommend!
A sad page turner but I would without a doubt reccommend it!!!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
my 11 year old daughter is thrilled with this book, we also orderedEight Keys by the same author. Book came earlier than expected. and in good condition too!!Published 5 months ago by Libera Melella
A tragic premise, so directly dealt with such heart. I was in her head and heart the whole way through her voice. Will stay with me.Published 10 months ago by Mel S
love Aubrey is the most wonderful book i've ever read. It made me cry. This book touched me and hope it will touch everyone who reads it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Polina Poliakova
A lovely moving story that made me smile and also made me cry as well . Enjoyed it from start to end.Published 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
I loved reading this book i used to have a paperback copy ages ago. This book can be a tearjerker and thats the best thing about it because you can laugh cry and smile all within... Read morePublished 18 months ago by lizzy
This book made me feel so many things at the same time. Sometimes you can see an ending from a mile off. This was not one of those books! Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 2014 by tabicat
I love this book I'd recommend it to age eleven to fourteen
I think the book should go on for longer and have when Audbry goes to her mum's and how she reacts to leaving... Read more