Published: June 2009
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Pages: 272 pages
Series: Standalone book
Rating from A+ to F: I gave this book an A! See why in my rating analysis, and this review includes a parental review.
"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.
I think this was a beautifully written book by Suzanne LaFleur. The characters were well-developed and the plot was great. The only thing that left me wanting a little bit more was the ending, but still I think it was a very good book for people to read. This was such a sad story, and I found myself getting tears in my eyes as I read the book. If people are looking for a sad, but not extremely sad book, this is the one for you!
It is the story of Aubrey, who goes through a few tragic things, but with help from her kind grandmother and her friends, she finds a way to cope with what is happening in her life at this time. With love, friendship, and compassion, Aubrey is able to become more cheerful and joyful, instead of sad and gloom. This is a wonderful book to read, and I recommend it to people who like a (tiny bit) of sad story! I don't think you will be disappointed in this book at all!
1. Plot- 19 out of 20 points. I like how smoothly this book goes, and didn't really have a slow moment during the story.
2. Characters- 14 out of 15 points. Pretty well developed characters.
3. Writing- 19 out of 20 points. Well-written by Suzanne LaFleur!
4. Creativity- 15 out of 15 points.
5. Originality- 10 out of 10 points.
6. Ending- 13 out of 15 points. I didn't really like the ending!
7. Cover- 5 out of 5 points.
Equals: 95! 94-96 is an A
Very clean book, so parents will definitely enjoy their children reading this book! Recommended for ages 11 and up.