Reviews for Love, Aubrey

AudioFile Web Reviews
Eleven-year-old Aubrey has been living on her own for a week, fending for herself in the aftermath of a horrible car accident that claimed half of her family and prompted her grief-stricken mother to abandon her. Becca Battoe's high, youthful voice is well suited to the story, which is told mostly from Aubrey's point of view and includes flashback accounts of her life. Though Battoe is less successful with other voices, notably those of older males such as Aubrey's neighbor and her uncle, her narration of Aubrey's story is engaging enough that this proves a minor distraction. Her childlike matter-of fact delivery allows young listeners to empathize with Aubrey's situation without being overwhelmed by it. J.C.G. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 October

Gr 5-7--Aubrey, 11, has been left alone in her house by her grieving mother and is running out of food in Suzanne LaFleur's debut novel (Wendy Lamb Books, 2009). Trying not to draw attention to herself, she walks to the grocery store and buys some staples. Aubrey's father and sister were killed in an accident, and her mom was so devastated and depressed that she left home to escape the memories. When the young girl's grandmother arrives and sees the situation, she takes Aubrey home with her to Vermont and tries to create a stable life for her granddaughter. Aubrey is dealing with two deaths and abandonment, and she slowly begins to deal with her memories and her grief with the help of her grandmother and a new best friend. When her mother is found, Aubrey must decide if she can forgive her. Becca Battoe beautifully narrates this sensitive story of love, loss, and forgiveness, allowing listeners to experience a depth beyond what the written word can provide. As Aubrey comes face to face with the tough changes in her life, Battoe's voicing sounds firmer and more decisive. A compelling listen.--Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

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