Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Book Review: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

It's time for another Book Review Tuesday and today's book was so interesting and different and I truly enjoyed reading.  Let's take a look?

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Laurel is back at school, but it's a different school and for her first English assignment her teacher asks them to write a letter to a dead person.  Laurel picks Kurt Cobain for a couple reasons, the first because her sister, May, loved him and second because he died young, just like May.  But, Laurel doesn't hand that assignment in, she actually starts to write more letters to dead people and that becomes a coping mechanism for her.  She writes to people like, Amy Winehouse, Heath Ledger and in those letters she writes about starting high school, making new friendships, learning how to live with a broken family, falling in love for the first time but most importantly how she is grieving her sister's May death.  But grieving for May is harder than anything, because she still hasn't forgiven May and how can she?  Or will she?

Soon, Laurel has a whole notebook full of letters to dead people but she never gives a single one of them to her teacher and she is okay with that, however when she writes the truth about what happened to herself she finally accepts what happened to May.  And she begins to forgive May and see the beautiful and amazing person she was and she finally starts to discover and follow her own path.

I really enjoyed this book, and one of my favorite things about it was finding out who the next dead person that Laurel was going to write to.  I remember seeing Heath Ledger's name and how it brought back my own memories, to the day I found out he died, and that's what I love about books and reading, making and remembering memories, right?  The writing was amazing and Laurel's story may not be for everyone, it was deep and touching and it will bring you tears and you do need patience, that's for sure, but it is a grieving story and for that...there are no words.

4 out of 5 stars and I recommend it for sure.