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Received from Hot Key Books in exchange for an honest review.
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 was really looking forward to reading Love Letters To The Dead. I had seen it hyped everywhere, and many people I knew were giving it 5 stars. When I got my hands on a copy, this book jumped up my TBR pile, bypassing many books. However, I think I gave into the hype monster. I didn’t like it as much as I expected to, and now I’m questioning whether I’m wrong. There’s no denying that Ava Dellaira is a talented author, but for me there was something missing in this book.
I think the reason why I didn’t connect with it as much as I hoped was that I found it quite slow paced. It took a while to get used to the letter format. (The book is purely told in the form of letters). I just wanted to know what had happened to Laurel’s sister, and it took a long time for it to be drawn out. I guess some others might find this intriguing, but for me, I began to lose interest.
Laurel’s grief is explored so well throughout this book. She was trying to forget her past, but writing the letters slowly helped her to come to terms with everything that had happened to her. It helped her to deal with who she was. I thought that Laurel developed really beautifully throughout the book. The reader can really see the growth from the beginning to the end of the book.
Laurel is a brilliant character. The reader can really feel her loneliness. I really liked Sky (the love interest) and Laurel’s friends. Each had their own issues, but were able to deal with their issues together.
I think Love Letters To The Dead is a good read, and worth checking out. But for me, I definitely needed to be aware of that hype monster…
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