Love, Aubrey

   Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur

"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 happened to her. Writing letters is the only thing that feels right to Aubrey, even if no one ever reads them.
With the aid of her loving grandmother and new friends, Aubrey learns that she is not alone, and gradually, she finds the words to express feelings that once seemed impossible to describe. The healing powers of friendship, love, and memory help Aubrey take her first steps toward the future.
Readers will care for Aubrey from page one and will watch her grow until the very end, when she has to make one of the biggest decisions of her life.
Love, Aubrey is devastating, brave, honest, funny, and hopeful, and it introduces a remarkable new writer, Suzanne LaFleur. No matter how old you are, this book is not to be missed.

Discussion Questions

  1. How is Aubrey living at the beginning of the book?
  2. What has happened to cause this?
  3. Who is Jilly? Why does Aubrey write to her?
  4. How is Bridget a good friend for Aubrey?
  5. How does Aubrey feel when her mother is found? What question does she want her mother to answer?
  6. Who is Amy Carlisle and how does she help Aubrey?
  7. How does Aubrey’s letter writing change through the story?
  8. What happens at Christmas?
  9. What does Aubrey realize after the hospital visit with Bridget’s family? What does Bridget learn about Aubrey from this event?
  10. Do you agree or disagree with Aubrey’s decision at the end of the book?

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