Title: Love Letters to the Dead
Author: Ava Dellaira
Source: For review from the publisher
Release Date: April 1, 2014
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.
I read this in the beginning of March but it has taken me this long to process my thoughts and feelings about this book. It is so good. Oh my goodness. I cannot believe how much I liked this book. Laurel story starts with her doing an English class assignment of writing a letter to a dead person. She starts by writing a Kurt Cobain because she loves him just like her sister May did. She is trying to process the death of her sister May and in order for her to do so she starts writing letters to people like Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin and Heath Ledger to name a few. These are all people who remind Laurel of her sister May.
The night that May died, Laurel was there but she cannot tell her parents what happened. She starts writing down what happened to her leading up to May's death and the aftermath of her death to work out for herself what happened. She meets a boy who knew her sister and gives her a new perspective of who her sister was and allows her to understand May.
All of the characters in this novel are amazing and flawed. They are all deep and intricate, you really do not know any of the characters. You think you do, but then another side of them is revealed and it tilts your entire view of this character on it's head and makes you rethink everything.
This book comes out tomorrow and you need to pick this up as soon as it comes out. This is a book I will need to re-read at some point because there is so much I feel like I have left to discover about this story that I overlooked the first time because I was so engrossed and my sense were overloaded with so many emotions.