Love Letters to the Dead


Dear Kurt Cobain. . .

Story Summary

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 challenges with a haunting and often heartbreaking beauty.”

This book is written in a series of letters to dead characters, musicians, poets, actors. I like the way the book was written (in letter form) which can be hard but it was done well enough as if she was just writing in her diary/journal. I was first attracted to this book because the cover alone was an eye catcher. The next reason was the reviews of fellow bookworms that gave out the “go get this book” feel.

At the beginning, this book started a bit slow for me and it just felt like another young adult fic. It wasn’t until sometime later in the book when I really got into the characters and what was going on. The main character Laurel brought me many on and off feelings about her. I felt for her and all the moments where she wrote about her sister, where she would go from being sad, to angry, to confused about certain events. The relationship she had with her parents and aunt is very relatable and I find that story between her and her father my favorite. Sky, her love interest was a character I enjoy a lot as well because he had a story of his own. The con to him was that it just seemed to easy that she liked him and he was the mysterious guy that of course saw her and liked her to easily, I wish there was more to it. The relationship that she has with her friends is just like any other, I didn’t like it because the friends in her story didn’t seem real enough to me and it was over dramatic to what the book was really trying to get at. I DO THOUGH the growth in the friendships that she creates and that she finally makes her own choices and doesn’t fall into peer pressure.

When it came to the actual letters that she writes to the different celebrities, I either liked the celebrity or I didn’t. But it was only because I felt no connection with certain people she was writing too. It was interesting what she would write to each of them and how they connected to her and what is going on in that day. It help me stick to the book more, but the book isn’t a hard book to read thought.

Overall it was a good book, I would recommend it to anyone that is interested in a different style or reading but I personally wouldn’t read the book twice.


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