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Love, Aubrey

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  8,520 Ratings  ·  998 Reviews
"I had everything I needed to run a household: a house, food, and a new family. From now on it would just be me and Sammy–the two of us, and no one else."

A tragic accident has turned eleven-year-old Aubrey’s world upside down. Starting a new life all alone, Aubrey has everything she thinks she needs: SpaghettiOs and Sammy, her new pet fish. She cannot talk about what hap
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Wendy Lamb Books (first published 2009)
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Bookworm You will grow to love how Aubrey thinks and speaks and walks, and soon you'll see a little bit of yourself in Aubrey.
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Dec 29, 2011 Renee rated it liked it
Love, Aubrey focuses on eleven year old Aubrey, who lost her father and younger sister, Savannah, in a car accident earlier in the year. Aubrey's mom unable to function or deal with her grief left Aubrey. Aubrey is left to fend for herself until her grandma shows up at the door one day. Love, Aubrey is about getting unstuck from the terrible moments in your life and moving forward even if it's really really hard and painful. Even though Aubrey is resistant to leave her home in Virginia and move ...more
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May 18, 2015 Speakercoret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Apa rasanya tiba-tiba saja kehilangan ayah dan adikmu dalam kecelakaan mobil..
Apa rasanya tiba-tiba saja ibu kandungmu sendiri meninggalkanmu di suatu pagi...

itu yang terjadi pada aubrey, dia berumur sebelas tahun ketika dunia indahnya terenggut oleh tangan2 takdir..
Dia harus menguatkan dirinya untuk hidup sendiri, setelah ibunya tiba2 pergi pada suatu pagi.. Tidak sedikitpun terlintas di pikirannya utk menghubungi gram atau uncle david, sampai akhirnya gram datang dan membawanya utk tinggal
Dec 19, 2009 Maureen rated it really liked it
Life can’t get any worse for eleven year old Aubrey, or can it? After a devastating car accident claims the lives of Aubrey’s dad and seven year old sister, Savannah, Aubrey and her mom, overwhelmed with guilt and sorrow, struggle to deal with the tragedy. Imagine Aubrey’s surprise one evening when she realizes her mother, unable to cope with the enormity of her loss, has abandoned her. Finally cognizant of her daughter’s neglect and Aubrey’s fragile emotional state, Aubrey’s grandmother takes h ...more
Aug 30, 2009 Adele rated it really liked it
Love, Aubrey is another book to add to my pile of children left behind novels...and yet I enjoyed it. I had heard a lot of very complimentary things about this novel before I read it and so I was expecting a lot. I really wasn't all that sure what to think about it as I started reading. I was piecing together the story well before elements were confirmed and yet I was in the present with Aubrey. This could just be a story about grief, instead it's about being left behind, and all that that means ...more
Andrea Hickman Walker
I picked this up on the the strength of the title font along the spine. I glanced at the cover, flipped it over and read the back. I opened it up, read the first few pages and decided I was taking it home with me. Surprisingly, this doesn't usually happen. I frequently pick up books because of the way they look. Reading the back usually induces me to put them back on the shelf. If the book passes that test, I read the first couple of sentences and, usually, a few random passages through the book ...more
Nilam Suri
Oct 26, 2011 Nilam Suri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Fiuuuh, that was a hard long ride, reading this book.

No, not because this is not a good book, but because it's so heart wrenching, yet so beautifully written, even after it got translated.

Ceritanya tentang seorang gadis cilik berusia 11 tahun. Di awal buku diceritakan kalau pada suatu pagi Ibu gadis ini tiba-tiba menghilang dan meninggalkan dia begitu saja. Hal itu ternyata karena keluarga mereka baru saja kehilangan Ayah dan seorang anak, Savannah, adik Aubrey.

Awalnya Aubrey nggak bilang pada s
Uzma Sheikh
Oct 28, 2014 Uzma Sheikh rated it it was amazing
This book was beautifully written, and is great plot for the "Real World". It explores the crazy journey a young girl must take after an incident that took away her father and sister. Love Aubrey is a creative, emotional book that has beautiful story worth reading! I recommend this book for mature kids, preferably 11 or 12 MATURE kids! It really matters how you comprehend everything that happens because this is like a real world situation--- this can happen.
This book is truly recommended young
Aveline Agrippina
Catatan tukang baca:

1. Cerita cukup menohok dengan gaya bercerita seperti anak-anak, seperti Aubrey yang bercerita.

2. Suratnya juga tidak mengada-ada. Ditulis berasal dari isi hati.

3. Aubrey yang berusaha lari dari kenyataan tersebut memang sudah terkunci dalam dunianya sendiri. Ini yang bisa mengoyakkan hati pembaca. Apalagi pembaca melankolis.

4. Dalam narasi, ada yang masih terasa janggal. Terutama anak seusia Aubrey sudah dapat bertahan hidup 7 hari di rumahnya sendiri dan tak seorang pun tah
Mia Prasetya

Tahukah kau kalau aku paling merindukanmu.




Mungkin dad sudah tahu semua ini, atau mungkin dad sedang membaca surat ini juga dari belakangku. Berpikir seperti itu juga membuatku bahagia. Atau mungkin setelah kumasukkan surat ini ke amplop dan kubawa keluar, lalu kubiarkan terbawa angin, maka dad akan tahu isinya.

Itulah yang aku ingin dad tahu : bahwa aku mencintaimu. Aku merindukanmu. Kuharap meskipun aku tumbuh besar, Dad masih bisa mengenaliku kalau melihatku nanti. Aku akan terus menj
Jan 04, 2012 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teenlit, children
ahh buku ini indah banget. Review to come.


Mungkin untuk sebagian remaja-dewasa, tinggal jauh dari orang tua adalah suatu impian, kalau boleh saya bilang. Tinggal dan diawasi dan bergantung secara berlebihan kepada orang tua adalah hal yang menyebalkan. Tapi tentu saja beda untuk anak yang masih berumur sebelas tahun, seperti Aubrey.

Dia terbangun di pagi hari dan mendapati bahwa Ibunya sudah pergi dari rumah. Awalnya ia menyangka Ibunya hanya keluar sebentar saja, namun setelah malam berlalu
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

Aubrey Priestly has eaten the last of the cheese and crackers and finished the juice in the refrigerator. There is nothing left to eat so she takes the birthday money Gram sent and heads to the store. She knows she can buy groceries and take care of herself, but she's worried about what might happen if someone finds out she is eleven and living alone.

Tragedy struck and took Aubrey's sister and father, and now her mother has been gon
Caitlyn Scott
Feb 05, 2015 Caitlyn Scott rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing!!! It was one of the best books i've ever read even though parts of it were sad. Aubrey faces big challenges and has to make a wise decision at the end. I really enjoyed reading it...I LOVED IT!!!
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
Oh dear, where to begin with this book? Love, Aubrey wrenched out my heart and stomped on it. But in a good way. I started it in the late afternoon/early evening and I couldn't bear to put it down. By 1am the following morning, I had finished it and was bawling like a baby in my bed. Actually sobbing big fat tears. So be warned! This one is a weep-inducing book.

Before I started reading this book, I knew it was going to be sad. But I thought that 11 year old Aubrey would be on her own throughout
Apr 16, 2013 paula rated it it was amazing

Contains spoilers...................

I absolutely LOVED Love, Aubrey. It was heartbreaking and funny and true to life. Aubrey was like a real ten year old girl trying to take care of herself when everything she has known is gone. Gram was compassionate, loving, no nonsense, and able to reach out for Aubrey in the midst of her own pain and grief. You get to be there with Aubrey as she starts to heal, one minute at a time. I don't give five stars casually, but this one is it. The one character I di
Dec 12, 2011 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Sadly, this book got lost at school. I paid the cost to the library, but now I want to finish it!

Update on May 18, 2010.
Just finished the copy that I borrowed from another library. A great, sad story that I really loved. I'm so glad I found another copy...most bookstores don't seem to carry it, but I highly recommend it if you find a copy somewhere!

PS: If you find the one I left at school (Ilene/Christine/Stephanie :), please let me know! :)

Update on December 5, 2011.
I reread this book this pas
Mar 31, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing
I read this for a book review in my MLIS Library Materials for Children course. I read the description and decided that as heartbreaking as the situation would be, I needed to read it. Before the book arrived at my library, I figured the entire story would be written in letters, so I was surprised that wasn't case.

Aubrey has been through some heartbreaking couple of months with the loss of her beloved dad and younger sister, Savannah. We're introduced to her alone in her house, grabbing birthday
Apr 30, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, 2016
I read this because one of my students told me how much she loved it. Indeed, this was wonderful. Although I found it so sad and kept crying throughout it and thinking "how on earth did she get through this?" and could only conclude that as a child, not an adult, she didn't get bogged down into terrible thoughts of what if this happened to my child?! I'm looking forward to telling her how much I liked this. My daughter asked me what I liked about this so much if it was so sad. I liked: the frien ...more
Harun Harahap
Apa deh ini novel remaja bikin galau. Kalau lo baca buku ini lo pasti pengen banget meluk Aubrey. Mungkin sambil berbisik kepadanya "Sabar yah, lo nggak sendirian, gue ada di sini untuk nemenin lo". Remaja rapuh itu biasa, Aubrey mungkin begitu tapi lo bisa liat betapa kuatnya dia menghadapi semua masalah yang menimpanya. Aubreyyy...semua keadaan akan membaik pada waktunya kok.. *peluks*
Zoe M
May 13, 2014 Zoe M rated it it was amazing
Love Aubrey is one of the best books I have ever read. Through the whole book there was never nothing happening there was always an emotion for the reader to feel. At some points I was crying and for others I was laughing. During the book I never got bored and always wanted to read just one more chapter. I strongly recommend this book to others.
Jun 01, 2011 Uci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Aku sedikit bingung tentang kapan kita disebut mulai dewasa atau bukan anak-anak lagi. Apakah ketika untuk kali pertama kita mengurus ibu atau hidup sendirian atau berbelanja keperluan rumah tangga sehari-hari? Aku sudah melakukan semua itu."
Grace Gaspar
Love, Aubrey is about a young girl named Aubrey who is living alone. Her father and sister recently died in a tragic car crash. Her mom couldn't take it anymore and left Aubrey without telling her. She thinks she can live alone with her pet fish Sammy but she soon learns she can't lie anymore and has to move to Vermont with her Grandma. She meets Bridget, her next door neighbor, and they become best friends instantly. She also begins writing letters to Jillian, which helps her cope with everyth ...more
Apr 14, 2014 Katja rated it really liked it
This book was just my kind of young adult book. I seem to be drawn to books that have characters that must face really tough life issues. In this case, Aubrey must figure out how to continue living happily after surviving a tragic accident. She is faced with a difficult decision where the answer seems obvious and easy. To come to the right decision, Aubrey must dig deep within herself and weigh options that most twelve-year olds don't ever have to deal with. The letters that Aubrey writes throug ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Emily16 rated it it was amazing
I loved the book. It was amazing!!!
Shae Pigarelli
Jan 21, 2016 Shae Pigarelli rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7th-grade-2nd
Aubrey's father and younger sister were recently killed in a car accident, so it was just Aubrey and her mom. That is, up until the day her mom disappeared. One day, Aubrey woke up to a quiet house. It had been quiet without Savanah and her dad, but it was quieter than usual. Aubrey noticed her mom wasn’t home and decided she must be out at the grocery store. She ate breakfast, brushed her teeth, and watched some TV. Aubrey’s mom still wasn’t home. This went on for hours, then days, then weeks. ...more
Jun 24, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it
Suzanne LaFleur's Love, Aubrey tells the story of Aubrey, and 11-year-old girl forced to deal with some very adult decisions.

Ever since Aubrey's father and sister died in a car accident, Aubrey's mother just hasn't been the same. This is to be expected, right? I mean, the woman has just lost both her husband and her daughter in one fell swoop. It's not until the night that Aubrey's mother leaves on the middle of the night with no warning and, more importantly, no Aubrey. Gram eventually shows u
Feb 16, 2010 Josiah rated it really liked it
"Sometimes I wonder if life is all about one moment. Everything before and everything after is about that one moment, and we are all stuck there."

Love, Aubrey, P. 198

Score another major hit for Wendy Lamb Books.

New to the world of writing juvenile fiction, Suzanne Lafleur's first novel is filled to brimming with rewarding, close-knit relationships and the kind of sharply poignant real emotion that is only drawn forth in a select few books.

Love, Aubrey begins in the aftermath of the initial
Jan 06, 2011 Olivia rated it really liked it
Bisakah hidup jadi lebih buruk bagi seorang anak sebelas tahun ? Aubrey, seorang anak sebelas tahun bangun di pagi hari menemukan bahwa ia ditinggal ibunya. Ia pun mencoba hidup sendiri, tak memberitahu siapa pun tetapi pada akhirnya pasti ada yang tahu bukan ? Aubrey, ditinggal seorang ibu, sebelumnya kehilangan ayah dan adik kecilnya dalam kecelakaan mobil, mengalami hal yang hampir tidak mungkin untuk anak seumurannya. Sedih, tetapi novel ini memuat bagaimana persahabatan dan cinta bisa menye ...more
Linda Lipko
Mar 05, 2013 Linda Lipko rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Life was difficult in 1948 for the White family. Living in Southwestern Virginia in a coal mining town, Audrey is the oldest of four girls. The house is a shack. The food is sparse and the family is dirt poor. This story is the real life tale of the author. She chose to give voice to the story through her eldest sister, and the book is written from her perspective.

Scrawny from lack of food and illness, Audrey looks at the world through eyes that need large glasses and her awkwardness defines her
I'm not usually a big reader of Children's fiction but the cover of this book grabbed my attention and I couldn't resist taking it down from the shelf to take a closer look. The premise sucked me in and I found myself heading to the till and paying for the book. And I'm really glad I had a little uncharacteristic browse of the Children's section of a local book store.

'Love, Aubrey' is aimed at children aged 11 and over but it seems to be a world apart from the novels around when I was that age.
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I grew up outside Boston in Newton, and later Natick, MA. During the school year I went to Catholic school, did a lot of homework, and read a couple books a week. During the summer I read a couple books a day and spent hours swimming and playing outside at our local pool or beach. I was very much a planner, dreamer, and writer, creating plays and shows for my siblings and the neighborhood kids to ...more
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