I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Published by Macmillan on 2014-04-01
Genres: Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Siblings, Social Issues, Young Adult
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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 did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more -- though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to 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 begin to discover her own path.
Love Letters to the Dead for me was okay. I didn’t love it, or hate it. It was just middle of the road for me.
Laurel is a girl having to deal with death. After she’s given the assignment to write a letter to a dead person she feels comfortable sharing her thoughts. I was glad that she was able to deal with her feelings that way. I didn’t care for all the information they gave about the recipient’s life. Those should have been written in a way that made the reader want to learn more about them.
I think the thing that got me was that the relationships felt forced, and awkward. I’m glad she found the friends she did, but I didn’t care for her doing things she wasn’t comfortable with to impress them. I also liked the side characters much more. They had more depth, and faced their problems as best they could.
While I didn’t love this book, I think others would enjoy it. I liked the influential people that Laurel wrote to, and how they made her feel safe.