Review of Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Review: Love Letters to the Dead was nothing like I thought it would be. At first I thought it  was just about loss and using letters to help Laurel get closure in the loss of her older sister. But, this book was so much more then I ever thought it would be.

From start to finish of this story, was the processes (stages) of loss, depression and finally  getting better. Reading Laurel’s letters to famous musicians, poets, writers, and actors/actresses. I was able to go through her depression with her and in my opinion, understand her more deeply. Laurel’s character had the most depth that I have seen in a long time. She was real and what she was going through (her loss among other important issues) was real. Her story was so completely realistic and heartbreaking because it could happen to anyone (and has).

Another part of this book being hard for me to read and it being real, was my own status of being a big sister. One, who is fiercely protective of her much younger sister and loves the heck out of her. There were a lot of really difficult parts in this novel, that were hard for me to read and made me cry.

But, I think the best part of this book was the letter format of the novel, epistolary  the word for it, thank you college education!


Favorite Quote:

Truth is beautiful, no matter what that truth is. Evan if it’s scary or bad. It is beauty simply because it’s tru. And truth is bright. Truth makes you more you. I want to be me.


Our own invisible plates shifting inside of our bodies, beginning to align into the people we are going to become.

Would I? Reread? Maybe one day. Recommend to others? Yes!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Edition: Hardcover, 336 pages.

Young Adult. Contemporary. Fiction. Romance. Mature Themes. Mature Content. Realistic Fiction.

Published April 1st 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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 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 in this stunning debut from Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead.

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