The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller very simply put, is about death. How to deal with the grief of death, to not blame yourself for death, how to grow and mature into a person who accepts it. You would think with such a dark subject matter, there would be no lighthearted banter or the fun side that you may expect from L.B. Simmons. That’s what I expected when I started this book, and I couldn’t have been more wrong. Although it is intense through quite a good chunk of it, it’s NOT all serious. The tales of Aubrey, Quinn, and Kaeleb are very fun and will cause some definite giggles along the way.
The characters in this story are very well thought out and developed. You know and love these characters so much by the last page. You’ll hurt when they hurt, cry when they cry, and laugh when they laugh. Simmons pulls you into the story so deeply that you feel as if you ARE in their circle of friends. I love everything about their interactions, especially Aubrey and Kaeleb together. Aubrey is strong, but for the wrong reason. She has so much from her past that weighs her down. Because of that, she shuts everyone out and forces herself to be an outcast. It takes Kaeleb, a blast from the past, to show her that she needs to let go of everything that she feels is her fault. He shows her that it’s okay to love and be loved, and to allow people into her heart again. Experiencing her transformation was amazing.
The writing was gorgeous. You know how some books are “pretty.” I’ve tried to explain this to my husband and he doesn’t get it, but some books just have that feel to them. They aren’t words on a page, they’re so much more. This is one of those books. It isn’t a book where you can escape to read for a few hours, but put your kindle down and get back to normal life when need be. This one grabs you and doesn’t let go. While I was reading this book, I was living in their world. Fortunately I haven’t had to deal with much death in my life thus far, but I felt connected to the storyline and these characters. It affected me way beyond when I stopped reading, and even now days later, while writing this review.
Also! This may seem silly, but stop and think about your favorites in a book. Your favorite scene? Your favorite quote? Your favorite ANYTHING? The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller has SO many of my new favorites in it. Their first kiss, too many quotes to even begin to use, etc. It’s stuffed full of amazingness.
I completely loved this book. I can’t recommend it enough. It’s not all rainbows and sunshine. It’s dark, a bit gritty, and tragic, but you will never forget how you felt when you read this story for the first time. It’s different than what you’re probably reading right this second. Give it a try. It’s an unforgettable tale that I feel everyone should experience.
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