The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller
L. B. Simmons
Published: 24th April, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age: New Adult
From: InkSlinger PR
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?
Content warning: attempted suicide; eating disorders; references to sex; minorly detailed sexual acts; death
What I liked: This one explored a lot about what it means to grow up, and shows how one girl who blames herself for what happened in her childhood can find it in herself to escape what haunts her. Raven, as she calls herself in the beginning, does everything she can to keep people at an arm length and make sure they stay away from her. Piercings, clothes, hair, contacts, a sullen, sarcastic attitude, everything she can think of to keep people away she does. Yet, over time because of two people she beings to open up and though she’s still got that “bad-girl” attitude she shows off, over time it morphs into something that resembles her personality as a child. She begins to live. Quinn, her roommate, is a bubbly and entertaining character who knows a lot about what it means to hide behind something else, pretend someone you’re not. Quinn was my favorite of the book, you can see how she changes over the book and it’s not always a positive change for her. I like that she was able to change so much! Kaeleb was that friend both girls needed, and he was a real sweet guy.
What I didn’t like: There were a lot of important events that happened to Aubrey that weren’t written out that I wanted to see. I wanted to see her relationship change with Linda who’s taken care of her for years, I wanted to see how the friendship between Quinn, Aubrey, and Kaeleb develops. With so much being left out it just left me with less to connect with. I wish this had been a series so that it could have let me connect with all the events Aubrey goes though and how she changes little by little. I want to see how Aubrey struggles and how she shines even more than she did in just this book.
Overall Review: While I definitely wish there had been more for me to connect with in this story, I did like it overall. It was fun, some parts had humor and some were very serious and dark and some were moments that just stood out as important moments for Aubrey to have. Aubrey changed a lot from the beginning of the book, and she even relapsed into how she thought before. It wasn’t totally unexpected because thinking like that for so long doesn’t just go away, but seeing it was something that made me want her to get help so she could shine again as a person. She hit a rough patch and I couldn’t wait to see how her story ended. Quinn also had a hard time in this book and knowing how she is at the end made me glad to have the closure on her character since she was my favorite.
Recommend?: It’s definitely not going to be for everyone but if it sounds like your kind of book then go for it!
My Rating: 3.7/5
About the Author
L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a degree in Biomedical Science. She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets.