Something heartbreaking has happened to 11 year old Aubrey. She is on her own. Nobody knows it and Aubrey is determined to look after herself so her mother won’t get into trouble. Being 11 though and looking after yourself is more difficult than she thought it would be. Then her grandmother turns up and Aubrey’s life goes through yet another upheaval. She has to do so many things she just doesn’t want to all the while wondering why she was left alone. It is hard for her to face the truth and it is hard for her when others know the truth. The love of her grandmother, the letters she writes and a growing new friendship slowly help Aubrey to see that even though it looks like she has lost everything, not everything is lost.
This is a stunning, beautiful book. Aubrey will touch your heart. She is a tough young girl who finds herself in the hardest of situations, [Spoiler Alert] she has lost her father and younger sister and one morning her mother just gets in the car and leaves. She literally is left alone. Then she is taken out of her familiar environment and transplanted to her grandmother’s house.
La Fleur has woven an incredibly heartbreaking story and filled it with hope. She deftly and delicately handles such a difficult topic. It is never morose and never unflinching in it’s honesty. This is a wonderfully written story. Great for readers who like real stories that are well crafted. It may be helpful for a reader who has lost someone, with all the stages of grief that Aubrey goes through, but then it also could be too close to home. Discretion is advised however it is an amazing read.
Publisher: Puffin Books
Published: 07 January 2010
Format: Paperback 272 pages
Categories: Fiction, Family, Grief
ISBN 13: 9780141327044
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