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Love, Aubrey

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  10,084 ratings  ·  1,153 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, 272 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.
Erica Aubrey's mom is named Elizabeth.
Aubrey's mom is named Elizabeth.

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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
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!!!
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
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.
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.
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved the book. It was amazing!!!
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.
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
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
As you're reading the first chapter, you begin to ask questions - what happened to this little girl? What about her family? Why is she 11 years old and going food shopping by herself? Then you start putting the pieces together. There was an accident. Death has occurred, as well as abandonment. She is learning, quickly, how she must be independent and she cannot rely on anyone else. After a while, her grandmother comes to her rescue, and takes her from her lonely home in Virginia to Vermont. It's ...more
Mar 26, 2015 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
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Love: Audrey
When I read this book I felt I actually was the character. I felt her emotions, her pain; I heard her thoughts and saw what she saw. As I was reading I heard Bridget talking to me, and her little sister laughing as she ran around the yard. I even smelled the Virginia air and how she said it smelled of cows. I pictured the scene of the crash and felt how she must have felt when she found out her father and sister had died. It was a very visual story.
I liked the characters because I
After a tragic car accident takes the lives of her father and sister, Savannah, Aubrey and her mother are in a sorrowful place. Her mother falls into a melancholy that overcomes her and she leaves Aubrey and takes off from their home in Virginia. Eleven-year-old Aubrey is ok at first...hoping that her mother will come back soon. But, as days pass, and she doesn't hear from her mother, Aubrey feels alone.

Her Gram, up in Vermont calls but gets suspicious when Aubrey's mother never comes to the ph
Jan 24, 2015 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
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
Animal Girls
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was reviewed by Fiona,9,Massachussets.

Alone. Alone. That's what Aubrey Priestly is. She got left alone by her mother, and now Aubrey has nothing to do but live on SpaghettiO's. Her only company is her pet fish, Sammy, until one day the doorbell rings and Aubrey opens to someone familiar. Her Grandma. Grandma wants to take Aubrey away to live with her. Did Aubrey want to go? No way. But Grandma insists. They travel to Vermont where Aubrey goes to school and makes two new friends: Bridge
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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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