Love, Aubrey

LaFleur, S. (2009) Love, Aubrey. New York, NY: Random House, Inc.

Aubrey’s first letter isn’t addressed to her late father.  It isn’t meant for Savannah, her younger sister, who died in the same car crash as their father.  Neither is it for her mother, who left eleven year old Aubrey alone in the house the four of them used to share in order to tend to her own grief.  When Aubrey first begins to write, she does so in order to apologize to Jilly, Savannah’s imaginary friend, because Aubrey’s maternal grandmother made her move all the way to Vermont to live with her.  Aubrey doesn’t want Jilly to think that she has been left behind in Virginia on purpose.

 

If there is one thing tweens love, it’s melodrama.  (Even the boys, although they hate to admit it.)  This book is chock full of it – I’m pretty sure I spent the entire book in tears – but it is not cheap melodrama; the story is also incredibly sincere and touching.  It’s also very much about growing up and learning not only that bad things happen, but also that adults are flawed and fragile themselves.  Throughout the story, Aubrey slowly comes to grips with her own fears and sorrow, and while there is no happy ending to stories like these, by the end of the book Aubrey is capable of making mature decisions about her own life and what she needs from the adults she relies on.  Which is as close to closure as one can get after such a tragedy.

 

Like Aubrey herself, the target audience for this book fits right smack in the middle of the tween age range.  Younger children may have a harder time dealing with the overwhelming grief of losing loved ones.  Older teens and adults will be sucked right in along with the tweens, but may be embarrassed to admit it.  Best for 9-13.

Awards and Reviews: Booklist Starred Review (2009)

Author Website: http://www.suzannelafleur.com/

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. nommer holms
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 05:04:43

    i love the book im reading it so good

    Reply

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