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Book Review – The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller by L.B. Simmons

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Hmm this review is going to be hard to do because I don’t think that anything I write can express how much I loved this book. I’ll try and refrain from  fangirling all over the show, bear with me. It was just that good.

The resurrection of Aubrey Miller is about a young girl who ends up experiencing more loss in her short life than most people would experience in a lifetime. Desperate to find reason or lay blame for these losses she turns inward. She changes who she is, the way she looks and how she behaves in an effort to keep others away – and, she believes, keep them safe from her.
On her first day of University she meets Quinn and Kaeleb and an unbreakable bond is formed that changes her whole world. Over time she starts to emerge from her self-imposed darkness, find herself and start living again. When death once again rears its ugly head, Aubrey reverts back to her old ways to try and protect herself and those around her.
Will the unconditional love, friendship, and strong bonds be enough to help her heal or will the darkness consume her again…

“I know you’re still in there Bree. And I will find you.”

Ok, deep breathe. WOW…this story was a super emotional read. I am not kidding when I say that, at times, I was bawling so much I had to put the book down and just take a freakin breather. The heartache the Aubrey endures is just so immense that you wonder how she’s still functioning. Some may argue that she is not. While at times I really wanted to jump into the book and tell her “Girl, this is not your fault!” I didn’t feel any frustration towards her. Only empathy. And a little bit of awe. Because I’m pretty sure I would have been rocking in a corner somewhere if I was her. The evolution, or, resurrection of her character was an amazing process to read about. The moment where she finally realises that this is not her fault, it is just life, is such a profound and beautiful moment. I cried then too (of course).

“Sometimes in life there are these random moments when everything just clicks. When all the fragments or your fractured past fall together, merging in your mind to form a lucid image of your future.”

The supporting characters, Quinn and Kaeleb, each have their owns problems. They each have their own secrets and emotional baggage, but these three friends are amazingly supportive of each other (and fiercely protective). There is no shame, only absolute love.  And ultimately it was love, as well as Aubreys own strength, which eventually pulled her through the darkness.

“I think some people are just inexplicably bonded. Drawn by forces beyond their own comprehension, they have no choice but to gravitate toward one another. Destined by fate to keep crossing paths until they finally get it right.”

The situations and emotions that accompanied each characters story were incredibly relatable to a lot of people. Even if you haven’t personally experienced any of the issues raised in this story, the emotions that came while reading about them was something I think most people can relate back to certain moments of their lives, whether it’s not being brave enough, pretty enough,  strong enough, or just not being enough in general.

“As long as you continue to travel through like in this darkness, you will never know how beautiful your light shines when you let yourself love and be loved.”

The writing in this book was amazing. The story flowed effortlessly and at times I was almost highlighting whole pages on my kindle because it was all so beautifully written. I would give this book a thousand stars if I could. It’s an absolute must-read for everyone.  But have tissues handy.

(Don’t despair! The story ends with an HEA)

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