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Love Letters to the Dead melds two of my favorite tough-stuff young adult novels, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why. Those two stories are told from a teenage boy's perceptive, while Love Letters features Laurel, a girl who lives out her freshman year through a series of letters to deceased famous people from Judy Garland to Jim Morrison; to Kurt Cobain and Janis Joplin. The coming-of-age story covers a gamut of real-world stuff all at once, including same-sex relationships, rape, suicide, first love and divorce. Despite the seriousness, the book does hit the challenge of teenage stories being told from the voice of an adult: Even the tough stuff is told from a romantic, John Hughes-movie magical viewpoint that left me thinking, "Were my high school years really that interesting?" Without spoiling the story, Laurel's final letter is not to a famous person, but to the number one star in her life who started the entire project. Just one month after the publication of Ava Dellaira's debut novel, Fox 2000 optioned Love Letters to the Dead. Here's to hoping Dellaira's writing and future story on the big screen gives a stronger voice to teenagers experiencing the story in real life.