Love Letters To The Dead


How did I get it?:
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…

Would I recommend it?:

WWW Wednesday #62

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday!  To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?


My sister bought this book in Hay, last year before it started to win loads of awards and praise. Good call, Beth! I’m really enjoying this book so far. I’m not very far into it, but I think it could potentially be one of the best books that I’ve read this year.

What did you recently finish reading?


The hype monster got me with this book. I was expecting amazing. It was good, but not amazing. My review will follow soon!

What do you think you’ll read next?


I’m looking forward to starting this book by Katie Davis. It looks like it’s going to be an emotional read!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to answer the questions or leave links to your WWW Wednesday posts! 🙂 Happy Reading!

Stacking The Shelves #62- Behold the awesome

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

Bought in London:

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I have been wanting to read Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano for so long. I just couldn’t resist it. I’ve heard great things about She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick too. Dead To You by Lisa McCann looked SO good. It had to be mine. Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin was literally thrown into my hands and demanded that I bought it by my friend Rachel. I hope it’s good! Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young has been on my radar for a while now too. Looking forward to reading that! I also really liked the look of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne.

From Hot Key Books (thanks to the lovely Luna!):

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Luna got me a selection of books from the lovely Hot Key Books. I’m particularly looking forward to reading The Lovely and The Lost by Page Morgan and Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira. Really, I’m looking forward to them all, but these two are being bumped up the TBR pile. Luna also kindly lent me her copy of Say Her Name by James Dawson which I’m reading very soon. So excited about it.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to link your posts so I can see what you’ve got!