Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Review: Love Letters to the Dead
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Laurel has been asked to write a letter to a dead person as part of her English class. She decides to write to Kurt Cobain since he was her sister’s favorite. See … he died young, just like her sister, May. Laurel can’t part with the letter and continues to fill a notebook with letters to Janis Joplin, Amelia Earhart and many other dead people. Although she doesn’t want to share these letters with anyone, let alone the English teacher who originally inspired them, she creates a journal expressing her concerns and experiences beginning high school without her sister. Will she be able to share the truth with her family and new friends? Can she move past her sister’s death and reclaim her own life.
Love Letters to the Dead is a poignant exploration of life, love and loss as seen through the eyes of a very expressive teen. Readers will consume each letter quickly and realize the story is flowing faster than expected. Although the letters are written to individuals who have been dead for some time, Laurel explains during various sections why she admires the person and how that person would have related to her situation. Dellaira has taken a unique approach to this very tough topic and spins it into a novel that will have readers wanting to write their own Love Letters to the Dead.
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