Monday, 22 June 2009

Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur

From Amazon: Something terrible has happened. Eleven-year-old Aubrey is on her own. She’s determined to hide away and take care of herself, because facing the truth is too much to bear. But with the love of her grandmother and the letters she writes, can Aubrey begin to see that even though she’s lost everything – all is not lost?

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.

16 comments:

Chicklish said...

I thought this book was wonderfully written. I read it months ago and have been hanging on to my review. I think I might post it soon now! Thanks for a really great review.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Great review! I can't wait to read this one!

Kristen said...

Lovely review, sounds like a fantastic book. :)

Charley said...

I'm glad you liked this! I was on the fence about whether or not to read it, but after reading your review, I'll definitely have to get to it soon.

pirate penguin said...

I've only seen one other review of this book. But! I'm happy I read yours because now I'll be on the lookout for Aubrey.

City of Bones seems amazing. I have one question though: is Jace Clary's *love interest* or brother? because I read the second book description and was like, WHAAA?

Kate said...

Superb review! This sounds like a fantastic read :)

Summer said...

This review definitely makes me wanna pick up this book. Thanks!

Thao said...

I didn't expect much from this book since it didn't sound really compelling to me at all. But since you love it, I'll consider picking it up.

MssJos said...

I love the cover! This is the first I have heard of this on but your review makes me want to pick it up asap!

MssJos said...

Oh, I meant to ask, do you think this would be appropriate for high school aged students?

prophecygirl said...

MssJos - it is definitely appropriate for high school aged students. If I was a parent, I'd want my teenagers to read it!

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Wow, this one sounds really good. I'm going to have to pick it up sometime. Thanks for the review!

Amber

kami said...

Great review. A definite read!

Steph Su said...

Ahhhhh I haven't read it yet but I really really want to. Trouble is, I can't find it anywhere. But what a great review (as usual). Will definitely try to find this book now.

Anonymous said...

I like the cover

dlf said...

Love, Aubrey is a uniquely powerful book, it's got just enough silly in it to make you laugh, as well as enough sadness to make you shed at least one tear. It's a really amazing book that I am very glad I picked up!