Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review: Love Letters to the Dead

Author: Ava Dellaira
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 327
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Published: April. 1, 2014
Source: Library

Description: 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.

Review: I just wasn't feeling this book. I felt sorry for the character because her sister died and her family is grieving. But she was stupid and crazy. She didn't do drugs but she did drink alcohol which I didn't like because she's 15 and I hate underage drinking. She only did drink because of her friends and she wanted them to like her. I didn't like the romance, it was to boring for me. They had like two conversations that was about nothing and all of a sudden they are together. The boy Sky, I didn't understand him either. Laurel did two things that could of gotten herself killed right in front of him and he doesn't tell no one. I just didn't see the love. She needed to stop trying to be like her sister. The ending was ok.

2 out of 5 stars


  1. I'm kind of glad I'm not the only one who didn't feel this book. It definitely wasn't the worst book out there, but it wasn't the best either. I didn't like how Laurel and her friends acted, mainly the alcohol incident and the sleepover incident. I didn't like that she tried changing herself to be liked. I understand it's high school and you're discovering yourself, but the way it all happened...

    I loved May though, she seemed like an interesting character and gave me a Twin Peaks Laura Palmer vibe. I also liked their other friends, the seniors whose name escapes me. Some of the letters were nice too. I feel the ending saved it because the beginning dragged. I hope I don't sound too critical. :) I really did like the book.

    I have a review of this book coming up myself, I was thinking about putting it off until tomorrow, but maybe I'll do it tonight.

  2. I'm glad I'm not the only one too. yes I didn't like how her friend would date these older guys and at the same time. I also didn't like how her mom just left her. With May's I want to know what going on in her head when Laurel told her and when she killed herself. I would love to read your review. followed you on bloglovin.