on April 25, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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For some, it’s simply one of life’s certainties, nothing more. For others, it’s merely a fleeting thought, one often overshadowed by the reckless delusion that they have been blessed with the gift of immortality.
For Aubrey Miller, death is the definition of her very existence. Overcome with the guilt resulting from the loss of her beloved family, she alters her appearance from the once beautiful, blonde-haired, blue-eyed little girl to that of one shrouded in complete darkness, enveloping herself in her own unbreakable fortress of solitude as a form of protection for others.
As she enters her first year of college, her goal is simple: Earn a degree with the least amount of social interaction as possible. What she never anticipates is the formation of very unlikely relationships with two people who will change her life in ways she never believed possible: Quinn Matthews, the boisterous former pageant queen, and Kaeleb McMadden, a childhood friend from her past who never really let her go.
Over the years, as their connections intertwine and grow, a seemingly indestructible bond is formed between the three…
But when death painfully reemerges, Aubrey is lost once again, burying herself deeper than ever before inside the familiar fortification of her fears.
Will the refuge of friendship, the solidarity of life-long bonds, and the power of unconditional love be enough to do the impossible?
Will they be enough to finally bring about…
The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller?
This was my FB status after reading the book.
I finished The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller last night. It was my first L.B. Simmons book annnnnnd I’m officially hooked. Talk about amazing, heartbreaking, cathartic, it’s just every possible emotion rolled into one beautiful story. Can’t wait to post my review.
So can that just be my review in a nutshell? I think it can. Every sale of this book should come with a box of tissues and maybe even some xanax. Don’t be fooled by the pretty cover, this Aubrey’s story isn’t pretty on the eyes or the heart. Although by the end you may feel differently. For me this was like watching a caterpillar become a butterfly.
You’ve convinced yourself that you’re merely protecting those around you from whatever you think will happen, but the only thing you’re accomplishing is the guarantee of leading a very lonely and miserable existence.
For Aubrey her college years were the life cycle. Freshman year, she was in the egg phase, where the adult butterfly lays her eggs on a plant that in turn becomes the caterpillars food. Aubrey was Raven her freshman year. She was the alter ego designed to protect those around her from dying. Aubrey’s parents and sister are gone and she blames herself. She spends the next 10 years being a loner. So when Raven goes to college she intends to stay a loner. That way no one else dies. Her roommate is definitely not what she expected and she can’t help but find herself drawn to Quinn in all her pink beauty pageant glory with deep rooted issues herself. She also doesn’t expect to see Kaeleb, her long lost best friend. He last sees Aubrey as she’s driving away from him at the tender age of 8. She doesn’t expect either of these two people to become not only her best friends but food she needs for her heart to begin healing itself, thus allowing her to slowly become Aubrey again.
Death just is, Aubrey, In Raven, you seek to control something which is not meant, or able, to be controlled. And in doing so, you are harnessing your own life. Forbidding yourself the full experience of it.
Sophomore year for Aubrey is the larva/caterpillar phase. This is the phase where the caterpillar eats, and eats, and eats, shedding it’s skin 4 or 5 times. Aubrey does exactly that, she continues to feed her soul with her ongoing relationships with Quinn and Kaeleb, who she’s now dating. As she loses more of Raven, she tries desperately to hold on to hope by becoming more and more Aubrey. She spends more days enjoying life. Doing things she hadn’t done in years. Trusting others and just having fun. But sometimes life happens and for Aubrey it does in the worst possible way.
You see, I found the strength and courage to fight my demons because of how brightly you shined. I hope that one day you’ll find that source of light and let it heal you, too. Because if you do, it will illuminate your path and eventually lead you home. To me.
Kaeleb’s love for Aubrey is just so beautiful to watch. He truly was the best thing that ever could have happened to her.
Junior year is the pupa phase. This stage can last from a few weeks, a month or even longer. Some species have a pupal stage that lasts for two years. It may look like nothing is going on but big changes are happening inside. They will become the legs, wings, eyes and other parts of the adult butterfly. Many of the original larva cells will provide energy for these growing adult cells. Aubrey spends her junior year learning about life. She faces her biggest challenge and when faced with it she makes the decision that will ultimately change everything. It’s a time of growth, reflection, forgiveness, and healing. It was heartbreaking and yet cathartic. Definitely my favorite part of the books.
You call me you moon, well, I call you my soul mate.
Senior year = adult or butterfly. Aubrey’s journey is one of beauty as she comes full circle. The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller will make you smile, it will absolutely make you cry. It will allow you process each of your emotions right along with Aubrey. It’s so beautifully written that you won’t want it to end yet when it does end, you’ll still be happy. This is going to be another top favorite of 2014 for me and I hope for you too.
You see, we’re intertwined. Tethered. Bound. And even while you thought you were alone, you weren’t.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*