Love Letters to the Dead
By: Ava Dellaira
Pub. Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person.
Laurelchooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurelhas 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 Laurelhas written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurelhas begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.
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Love Letters to the Dead has the most interesting concept in YA that I have ever heard. It's about a girl named
that starts writing letters to many different dead celebrities, including Kurt
Cobain, Heath Ledger and River Phoenix. They were all people who died before
their time, just like her sister. Through writing these letters, Laurel is dealing with
her sisters death and everything that goes with that. Her voice was very real
and relatable, and it was very easy to connect with her. While I enjoyed the
characters, I wasn't the biggest fan of the story after a while.
The first 75 pages or so I was completely hooked. But then I started to get really bored. It all seemed really repetitive. I can't really put my finger on it, but I know that I wanted more. More what, I am not sure, but just more.
I did enjoy learning about
Laurel's dad, Aunt, and mother. I could not
stand her mom, and I felt so bad for Laurel
because of it. Laurel
was so young, and she has had to deal with so many things. Reading her story
was heartbreaking. She did have a wonderful support system in the form of her
friends, and I was happy that there was light in her life too.