LOVE, AUBREY by Suzanne LaFleur

LOVE, AUBREY

Age Range: 9 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

In this touching debut novel, a devastating accident leaves an 11-year-old girl grieving and alone until her grandmother and some new friends provide comfort and support. When Aubrey’s father and sister are killed in an automobile accident, her shattered mother disappears, leaving her alone in their Virginia home. In denial, Aubrey tells no one, pretends everything is fine and lives on Cheerios, SpaghettiOs, crackers and cheese. Eventually her grandmother takes her to Vermont, where Aubrey remains withdrawn and unable to discuss her loss except in letters she never mails. With the support of her grandmother, her new best friend and the school counselor, Aubrey’s life gradually starts to seem slightly normal—until her mother appears, forcing her to face difficult new issues. Speaking in the first-person past tense, an initially detached Aubrey tells the story from her wobbly perspective, dropping hints about the accident and her mother’s abandonment until the pieces fit together. Her detailed progression from denial to acceptance makes her both brave and credible in this honest and realistic portrayal of grief. (Fiction. 9-14)

Pub Date: June 9th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-385-73774-6
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Wendy Lamb/Random
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2009




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