Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur (2009)

loveA touching story of grief and forgiveness.

Recommended grade level: 4-7

Pages: 262 (for ISBN 9780385737746)

Genre(s) and keywords: realistic, reluctant readers

Tone/Style: hurt, hopeful

Pace: moderate

Topics: death of family members, parental abandonment, parent/child relationships, moving, grandmothers, new friends

Themes: grief, feeling unwanted, disappointment, choices, forgiveness

Summary: A beautifully written and deeply moving middle-grade novel with characters to cherish and a story that deals with tragedy and loss in a fresh way. Aubrey has suffered an unbelievable loss, and goes to live with her grandmother in Vermont in order to heal. There she makes new friends, learns to cope with what has happened, and begins to figure out how to move on. Readers will fall in love with Aubrey from page one, and hold their breath until the very end, when she has to make one of the biggest decisions of her life. (Source)

Who will like this book?: Love, Aubrey deals with heavy content in an accessible way. Those who enjoy sad stories and reading about emotional struggles will find Aubrey relatable but her plight unimaginably horrible.

Who won’t like this book?: Some readers may be bored by the introspectiveness of this book.

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What to read next: For fans of sad stories, suggest Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan and See You At Harry’s by Jo Knowles. For other books about torn relationships with mothers, try Almost Home by Joan Bauer or One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

-Kylie Peters

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