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.
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
Trigger warnings: Underage drinking, sexual assault, abuse
My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This review contains no spoilers
I loved the idea behind this book. The main character, Laurel, gets an assignment for English class, to write a letter to a dead person. Laurel doesn’t hand in the assignment but writes a lot of letters to dead people in her notebook. In the letters she writes down her feelings and thoughts to the dead person. The book ‘Love Letters to the Dead’ is made up out of all the letters Laurel writes.
I did have some problems with Laurel her thoughts at some points, like her thoughts about suicide for example. I thought the characters in this book were well-written, these aren’t characters who are perfect, each character has their own flaws. This book has romance in it but it isn’t the main focus of the story, which I liked.
The book deals with some serious issues like loss, abuse and sexual assault but the last two topics aren’t written too graphic. The book was well-written and well-paced and so I finished this book quite fast.