Thursday, June 25, 2015

Review: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Publisher: Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Rating: 5 STARS

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.

I thought this book was amazing. I think it's my only 5 stars so far this year. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to properly connect to Laurel when she was telling her stories through letters rather than experiencing it, but it was amazing. I think it was the perfect format for this story. Laurel spoke about her father and aunt, her sister, her new friends in high school, and her first boyfriend.

There were so many feels. I hardly know what to do about it. I highly suggest this book to anyone and everyone. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read this book if you haven't already.


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