Love Letters to the Dead

Love Letters to the Dead
By Ava Dellaira


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.

3.5/5 Stars


          I enjoyed reading this book, however it took me a long time to get through. I think it was a really good idea for a book but it just wasn't quite as good as I hoped. Although the letters was really what made the book fun to read and unique it also didn't allow you to get to know the main character,  like at all. I was often confused why she would do certain things because I knew nothing about her. I know she was dealing with a lot throughout the entire book and this might sound mean, but I kinda found her annoying at times. I couldn't understand any of the things that she was going through BECAUSE I NEVER REALLY KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT HER! She just seemed a little whinny and sort of dull. Also pretty much the entire book was sad or at least just kind of dark or unhappy. I mean even after the main character made some friends I was like are these really the kind of people you want to hang out with? But let me just say, THE COVER IS STUNNING! I mean it is gorgeous. I wish they didn't have the photo of the girl on the front though... Kinda spoiled the beautiful cover, but minus the girl IT WAS AMAZING! The cover is one of the reasons this book wasn't rated 3 stars or lower. Ok I know that I have been naming everything bad about this book, but there were some good things too. For example, I was intrigued about her sister's death. I was one of the things that kept me reading. Throughout the book they never really seemed to have the best relationship. I mean Laurel (the main character by the way) never seemed that close with her. By the end of the book you learn more about them and about her sister's death. Also I enjoyed how the author included facts about a lot of the people who Laurel wrote too. I was a interesting little thing that she added which was one of the things that saved this book from being 2 out of 5 stars. One more thing before I go, let me just say I really didn't like her mother. She took of when her sister died and didn't really make any effort to stay close to Laurel. She went off and did all the things she promised to do with Laurel and her sister. I know that she must have been devastated that her daughter died, but she had another daughter who was devastated too. You can't just pack up your things and leave her. I mean seriously!

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