Saturday, September 26, 2015

Review : Love Letters to the Dead

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Genre: Grief, Death, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Contemporary,
Goodreads: Click
Pages : 336
Published April 1st 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux


It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person.

Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to the dead—to people like Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse—though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating the choppy waters of new friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time, and, most important, trying to grieve for May. But how do you mourn for someone you haven't forgiven?

It's not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself that she can finally accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was—lovely and amazing and deeply flawed—can she truly start to discover her own path.

In a voice that's as lyrical and as true as a favorite song, Ava Dellaira writes about one girl's journey through life's cha llenges with a haunting and often heartbreaking beauty.


After the death of her sister May Laurel is feeling abandoned and lost. Everyone deals with death in different way and May decided to held it in remaining the good girl she once was. To get a fresh start she starts school in a different town. A new atmosphere is just what she needs to start things where no one knows her and what happened with her sister. When she is assigned a project writing a love letter to the dead she takes this rather seriously and confides many of her untold secrets to the dead. Things start getting complicated when she meets someone who knows her sister, and the facade that she is holding is starting to crack.

Wow, I loved this book more then I thought I would. I thought it was interesting how she wrote to multiple people and took the time and care to look up each person she was writing to. It was interesting seeing her slowly and surely cracking and breaking down. I loved getting to know Laurel more with each new reveal and throughout the book I couldn't help wondering what really happened that night when May died. I loved watching the relationship between Laurel and Sky, I loved that he was supportive for the most part even he had his points where it was too much for him. But at least she was there even after everything and knowing more then most did. Overall a great story and I really enjoyed it.

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