Title: Love Letters to the Dead
Author: Ava Dellaira
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Review: This was the most real book I have read in a while. Laurel was so real. Everything about her, her emotions and her character was real and true.
At the end of Laurel's eighth grade year her sister May dies. May was Laurel's best friend and Laurel always thought her sister was perfect. At the beginning of the novel Laurel is entering her Freshman year of high school and she has to find a way to deal with so many things. She must accept that her sister is not here anymore and that her mother left to live in California. Laurel made me want to be her friend so that help her get through all this. But I could not because book characters are not real people so I could not help her.
The entire book is written in letters to dead people that Laurel admires. She writes to about having courage through hard times and she writes to them about death. The letters were Laurels form of a journal. Everything important and hard she would write in the letters. We were not giving tons of useless information about her we were giving the most important information.
The writing was beautiful. laurel is a Freshman in high school and most freshman cannot write half as good as Laurel, which might make people think this book is pretentious but it is not it is honest. Honest about the hardships of life, if people want life to be perfect that is to bad because life is hard. Though I have not had a sister who has died and my parents are note divorced i feel the same way as Laurel about a lot of things. She understands that life sucks. Sometimes I need to read I book not just escape my life but to find a way to get through it.
This a a beautifully heart-wrenching novel and I am so glad i was able to read it! Gayle Forman said that "[Love Letters to the Dead] broke my heart, and pieced it back together again." I agree that this book did break my heart but it did not quite put it back together again. I absolutely recommend that you read Love Letters to the Dead because this is a book that I will cherish for a long time and will never forget it. I feel like my review does not do this book enough justice because this book was beautiful.
Also please take a moment to enjoy the cover because this a one of the best book covers I think I have ever seen!