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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Love Letters to the Dead Review

 

SYNOPSIS:

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.

REVIEW:

Love Letters to the Dead was a beautifully written novel about what it really means to grow up. It delves into the complicated issues and circumstances that some young adults will face. Loss, pain, figuring out who you are and wanting acceptance. Ava Dellaira has a stunning voice and her characters feel more than people who exist in a piece of fiction, it's like they exist somewhere between fiction and reality. 

When I was in High School The Perks of Being a Wallflower was passed around and people talked about how moving and true to life it was. Letters to the Dead delivered everything I expected Perks of Being a Wallflower to. 

This is one for your bookshelf. Absolutely wonderful.

There is underage drinking and some sexual content in this novel.
 
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Love Letter's to the Dead has a lot of pop culture references. This list coincides with the novel.
  
NIRVANA

 
JANIS JOPLIN
 

AMY WINEHOUSE

 
PATSY CLINE
   

REBA MCENTIRE 

 
THE DOORS

 
GUNS 'N ROSES

  
THE ROLLING STONES


                                  
                                 
         
                           
          

 
E.E. CUMMINGS

 
ELIZABETH BISHOP

  
EMILY DICKENSON

 
JOHN KEATS

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