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Love, Aubrey

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  10,462 ratings  ·  1,196 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 happe
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Wendy Lamb Books (first published 2009)
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Ellie You will grow to love how Aubrey thinks and speaks and walks, and soon you'll see a little bit of yourself in Aubrey. …moreYou will grow to love how Aubrey thinks and speaks and walks, and soon you'll see a little bit of yourself in Aubrey. (less)

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Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lovely book, brought tears to my eyes.
Apr 04, 2009 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
Nov 19, 2009 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
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
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rounding up to 4 Stars.

I read this aloud to my daughter.

This novel begins with Aubrey left to fend for herself after her mother flees in response to the accidental death of her husband and youngest daughter. Not only is Aubrey making sense of her unimaginable grief of losing her dad and little sister, she's been abandoned by her mother. The first chapter draws you in. Aubrey is living alone, in secret, scraping money together to buy canned food, insisting to herself that she will be just fine.
Uzma Sheikh
Oct 28, 2014 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
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
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
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
I'm glad I read this when I was younger AND now that I'm an adult. I remember loving this book and re-reading it often (and conveniently forgetting the plot each time except the main theme of "abandonment") and I'm also glad that my opinions still held up now.

Low-key I wish I can read it again without knowing anything just to see my reaction when I see the first plot unfold like damn.

Rather than thinking back and analysing my experience reading this, I'll just say it simply and in a subjective
Feb 14, 2010 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
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: upper elementary school students
Recommended to Relyn by: Sloane Lawson
Shelves: audiobooks
My work this summer has been different than in past years and leaves me A LOT of time to listen to audiobooks as I work. Since this was one of my daughter's favorite books when she was a third or fourth grader, I finally made time to read it. I am sorry it took me so long.

This is a powerful book about loss and grieving, about family and forgiveness.

You would think that losing your dad and little sister would be the worst event in a ten year old girl's life. It's not. Aubrey's mother falls into
Caitlyn Scott
Jan 19, 2015 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!!! ...more
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five years later, and I still laughed, smiled and cried as if I was reading it for the first time.
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
i loved this book so much as a child, and though it didn't emotionally affect me like it used to, it was a still a good re-read. (book 1 for nostalgiathon) ...more
Jul 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-not-tiktok
This book will forever have a special place in my heart, I thought it was a beautifully written story that captured perfectly the perspective of a young girl (11). A quick read, but so impactful.
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.
Brooke F
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was ok

Love, Aubrey
By, Suzanne LaFluer

As you may know, I am not one who typically picks up a book and reads it for fun, so I was never aware of a special author I liked, or type of book I really enjoyed. I was really surprised by how interesting this book was... It was sad at times, funny, and depressing all in one, but that made the book unique. The author made it easy to follow and easy to understand, and also made it so you could really visualize what you were reading. The author knew when to give
Jun 08, 2009 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

despite my disappointing first impression due to her inadequate tree-climbing attire, i actually thought this book was pretty ok! very first novel-y, however, and not a ton of original material. we've all read a hundred mg books about a girl with a dead parent. but still. i liked it.

also bonus points just realized the "skirt" is really some weird, long, thicc shorts. ew? not to mention that they're burgandy, denim, and some kind of odd plaid. i think it's called dog star. so, still a terrib
Zoe M
Feb 11, 2014 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.
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved the book. It was amazing!!!
☆ Sparky Jo! ☆
Aubrey has a lot on her plate.
Her dad & sister die in a nasty car crash (while she & her mum survive), then her mum pulls a runner and leaves her behind, with spagetti-os and her new fishy friend.

Luckily her grammie steps in and helps her out, but it's all so much for a wee lass to take in!
Your favourtie parent is dead.
Your annoying little sister, who you'd now give anything to be annoyed by again, is dead.
Your mum isn't right in the head and is off elsewhere leaving you to mourn alone.
And your
London Schlussel
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Love, Aubrey Suzanne LaFeur

One girl named Aubrey has been alone in her house in Virginia for more than a couple months now. Then she gets call, after call… she freezes and sobs into tears when she picks up the phone. My favorite part of the novel is when something happens to Aubrey that she has been waiting for so long. This is a remarkable story, Amazing down to the last page wishing it was a series. At the end of each chapter there is a little piece of writing like one of them is to her dad a
Nov 05, 2010 added it
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!

Have you ever read a book that is, in every way, perfect? Have you ever read a book conveying a character so well that you feel as if you know them? That’s how I felt after that first delicious read of Love, Aubrey. Yes, my first time. But not my last.
I live with my mom, dad, and brother. I can’t count how many times I have rolled my eyes at my dad, stuck out my tongue at my brother, or given my mom the silent treatment. But after I read Love, Aubrey, I remembered how wonderful it feels when
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I know it was written for children and it's written from a child's viewpoint but that's probably why I liked it. It is about loss and grief but it is so sweet and sad since it is seen through the eyes of a child. I cried at several points throughout this book. I would recommend it to any adult to give to a child who is going through loss. ...more
Aug 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. very emotional story about a girl named aubrey whose dad and sister died in a car crash and mum is missing. She goes to live with her grandma and her adventures that happen their are the majority of the Book. Would recommend
Stacey (prettybooks)
I read Eight Keys last year and I absolutely loved it. It was my first foray into children's literature for a little while and I adored the way Elise's story was told — through discovering a key that leads to unlocking eight rooms in her family's barn — and so I did not hesitate to read Suzanne LaFleur's début novel, Love, Aubrey.

Love, Aubrey is a heartbreakingly realistic tale of an 11-year-old who suddenly loses her father and younger sister Savannah in a devastating car crash. Aubrey wakes up
Shae Pigarelli
Dec 27, 2015 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
Nov 08, 2014 rated it liked it
I can't decide whether to give this three or four stars. I read it a few weeks ago, and although I found it quite absorbing to read, my overall impression of it in retrospect is that it was pretty good, but nothing special.

It's quite dramatic subject matter for a children's book - Aubrey (age 11) and her family are in a car accident, which kills her younger sister and her father, while her mother (who seems to have already been suffering from some sort of mental health problems - this is hinted
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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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