Title: Into the Light
Author: L.B. Simmons
Series: Chosen Paths #1
Release Date: April 23, 2014
“As long as you continue to travel through life in this darkness, you will never know how beautiful your light truly shines when you let yourself love and be loved. Trust me when I say, it’s a breathtaking sight to see. You burn as bright as the sun.”
When Aubrey Miller begins her education at Titan University, she is no longer the beautiful, blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl of her youth. In fact, she’s no longer even Aubrey Miller.
Overcome with guilt and unable to cope with the loss of her beloved family, she has long since buried eight-year old Aubrey along with them and transformed herself into Raven Miller. Now with jet-black hair, multiple sets of eccentric contact lenses, and several facial piercings, she’s veiled herself in complete darkness as a form of protection for herself, as well as 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 overtly cheerful pageant queen, and Kaeleb McMadden, a childhood friend who never really let her go.
Over the years, as their connections intertwine and strengthen, a seemingly indestructible bond is formed between the three. And eventually, the ties of friendship and discovery of first love begin to coax her from her darkened path as they slowly bring Aubrey back to life.
But when faced with the possibility of yet another death, one from which she may never recover, Aubrey finds herself lost again, burying herself deeper than ever before beneath the familiar abyss of her fears.
Spanning the course of four years, this is the story of a young woman’s plight to finally reemerge, finding strength within unbreakable bonds as she delivers herself from her own manufactured darkness and safely back . . .
Into the Light.
Wow, I’m honestly not quite sure what to say about The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller. The book begins in such a journalistic way that it makes you feel right at home. From the Prologue and First Chapter, you somewhat know the ending of the book, but it definitely does not make the transition to that point any less heartbreaking or beautiful. This book is best described as a journey; a lesson in love, friendship, and life.
“I learned a long time ago to never judge a book by its cover. It seems what people try to represent on the outside very rarely mirrors their inside”
L.B. Simmons’ writing was a wonderful tornado that creates the best kind of destruction. She breaks your heart and somehow puts it back together again in this crazy trip she takes us on. The book begins with us being introduced to Raven, a girl who wears a mask to the world. She doesn’t allow people to get close to her and that’s the way she likes it. This sounded so crazy to me, but as we dipped more into her psyche, it somehow made absolute sense to me and I started to understand her and why she chose these actions. As time progressed, we learn that Raven is really a woman named Aubrey, and hence you have the incredibly appropriate title of the book. I love when that happens!
“Beautiful people tend to be ugly, ugly people tend to be beautiful, storms tend to brew below a person’s cool, calm exterior, and tremendously happy people tend to be overcompensating for their own grief.”
Aubrey is forced to confront her demons, though it is a slow process. There aren’t really any words to describe how much I loved how this came to be though. Everything felt so genuine and real. I felt like Aubrey was actually talking to me and retelling her story to an old friend. I liked how Kaeleb confronted her and intuitively knew just what she needed. I adored his message to her and knowing that she needed to love herself above anyone else. There was something about their friendship and love that just resonated so deeply in my bones. The friendship she developed with Quinn was also incredibly special. We all would be so lucky to have a best friend who loves and protects the way that these two do. We also have the patient Linda (her guardian) and understanding Palmer (a family friend and professor). Every single character in this book plays an essential, pivotal role in Aubrey’s resurrection; it hits home just how important a support system is.
“Nothing is every really what it seems.”
I had a difficult time putting together this review because I really do believe that people should go into it blind and just experience the book. There are some triggers which were painful to read at times, but somehow, it’s handled so delicately and beautifully. There’s an overall message to the book that you are NEVER alone, and I think it’s important point to have in the world these days. There were times I found myself smiling like a goofball and other times where I was wiping away the tears. The best way to describe this book is what I have already said; a lesson in love, friendship, and life. It is a mesmerizing tale of what can happen when we allow people in and to nurture a little bit of hope. The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller is a realistic read that I will gladly read time and time again.
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Don’t miss the rest of the series:
Under the Influence (Chosen Paths #2)
Out of Focus (Chosen Paths #3)