Book Review

Book Review: Love Letters to the Dead

  • Title: Love Letters to the Dead
  • Author: Ava Dellaira
  • Genre: Young Adult
  • Publisher: Macmillan US
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2014
  • ISBN: 9780374346676
  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
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I’ve been hooked to debut novels of this generation’s writers which we call as the contemporary writers. Here’s a brief summary of the book coming from Ava’s website.

“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 the dead. People like Janis Joplin, Judy Garland, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse—though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating the choppy waters of new friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time, and most importantly, trying to grieve for May. But how do you mourn someone when you haven’t forgiven them? And how do you find your true identity when so much of who you were died with the person you loved? It’s not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself can she finally 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 truly begin to discover her own path.”

Don’t you know that Ava once worked with Stephen Chbosky? She worked as an Associate Producer of The Perks of Being A Wallflower while writing the first draft of Love Letters.

As for my insights about the book, I got a little bored at first because it has a very slow pacing but my curiosity on why Laurel’s grief was this huge at the very young age made me continue reading it. One thing this book taught me is that family really has a great impact on our lives, may they be living or dead, they will forever stay within us. And the process of navigating one’s self is not an easy one. It’s not like you go out for a while for soul searching and you find yourself in just a blink of an eye, no. It takes time and acceptance. Again, ACCEPTANCE.


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