Love Letters to the Dead: A Novel

Love Letters to the Dead: A Novel

by Ava Dellaira
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Love Letters to the Dead 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
Wonderful YA novel! In the interest of full disclosure, I received a copy of this book at no cost from the publisher for review purposes. 5 Stars! I just loved this book. Even though I was a teenager half my life ago, this book is one of the reasons I still choose to read YA novels. There are no silly sparkly vampires seen here. There is really nothing sparkly seen here at all. This book is real. This book makes the reader feel. Laurel is just entering a high school at a new school. She is given an assignment in her English class of writing a letter to a person who is dead. While Laurel never turns in her assignment, she spends that year writing letters to famous dead people as a way of journaling her very troubled life. Through the letters, the reader learns everything that troubles Laurel but we learn them piece by piece. The biggest piece is the loss of her older sister and the subsequent effect on her family. Many pieces of the story do not come until the end of the book when Laurel is ready to deal with them. We watch her deal with pain and grief in stages as she is ready. The letters are address to people that I know well since I am older than the intended audience. I do wonder if the average teen reader will know who Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, River Phoenix and Janis Joplin are and whether than will have any effect on their enjoyment of the book. This book will probably be best for an older teen as drinking, drugs, and sex (plus other sensitive topics) are part of the story. We do see Laurel grow and deal with everything that has happened in her life. I have hope for her future. This is a story of a girl having the strength to overcome what life has thrown at her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one that will.. well.. it will make you laugh, cry, and quote it like crazy. Laurel is a well developed character that will make you form a close bond with her and see her through many different perspectives. I personally enjoy her realizations about different people through out the book. It makes her seem real because the author is putting so much detail into modern highschool events. Her writing style is full of metaphors and comparisons both morbid and beautiful. The author's idea of a freshman turning a writing assignment into a way to let her emotions out is lovely idea. Im expecting more successful work from her for yeats to come.
book4children More than 1 year ago
I was super excited to read this book. The cover is gorgeous and the blurb sounds really interesting. At first, it was everything I had been hoping for. Laurel is writing letters to dead celebrities as she tries to figure out her life. She is trying to cope with the fact that her mom ran away and her sister died. She's at a new school and makes some new friends. The writing is gorgeous and full of emotion. I love the way Laurel describes things, like the way she feels connected to the music of dead singers, or the performances of dead actors. About half way through, I started to lose interest. The beginning was so awesome, but then the same things kept getting rehashed over and over. The writing was still beautiful, and I really enjoyed Laurel's relationship with the dead people she keeps writing to. But the story had somehow lost it's spark for me. I didn't feel like I connected with the characters all that much. They were all pretty quirky, which isn't a bad thing, but it just wasn't MY thing. I'm not a teenager, so maybe that had something to do with it, but I can't be certain that I would have connected with the book even if I were a teenager. I'm chalking this one up to personal taste, because it really is a beautifully written book. Content: This one has a LOT of content. Underage drinking, sex between underage teens and older guys, drugs, smoking, passionate make out sessions with and without clothes, and quite a bit of language. Far too many F-words for my tastes. The Cover: I adore this cover! It is so gorgeous and it portrays the feel of this book really well. The cover was definitely a huge plus for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book now. I love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book literally 15 minutes ago. I read the whole book in a day, i really liked this book. I was on the edge of my seat after every single page because there was never a page that was a drag on. It shows what she has been through and her obstacles that she faces after the death of her sister. I definitely recommend this book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm in love with this book. I loaned it to my best friend and her older sister and they just can't put it down, they have weekly fights over it.
MysM More than 1 year ago
Coping with Teenage Loss I read about Love Letters to the Dead in a number of places on the web and the idea of it intrigued me. I didn't know if I'd like it or not but it kept niggling away at me from the back of my mind so I finally bought it. Once I got into it, I had to keep reading to the end. Laurel's first english assignment at her new school is to write a letter to someone who's dead. She's pretty sure her teacher wants them to write to some historical figure but she has a different idea. Her sister, May, had died the previous April. She had been high and took a dive off the railway bridge where they used to play a game called "Pooh Sticks" when they were younger. Laurel admired her sister and is lost without her. She decides to write letters to twelve famous people who died too young, who, like her sister, were terribly talented, charismatic, and somewhat messed up, looking for something but they didn't know what. Laurel addresses her first letter to Kurt Cobain because he was her sister's favourite musician. She tells him all about her insecurities about starting high school and how her sister May would have known exactly what to do. She talks about her english assignment from the only teacher she knows at her new school. In her second letter, she tells him that she didn't hand the assignment in because there are some things that are too personal to share. When Laurel writes to Amy Winehouse and Judy Garland, she tells stories about her current life, how her mom left, and things she used to do with her sister. She's looking for answers about why people do things that cause them to die, and for answers about how to live her life now, without her big sister. She writes to Janis Joplin and River Phoenix as well. But it isn't until she finds the courage to write about bad things that happened to her because May hadn't really taken good care of her that she realizes her sister wasn't perfect and that she can learn from May's mistakes and create a life for herself, that her memory of May could be more balanced without diminishing her love for May. When I finished reading Love Letters to the Dead, I was still a bit unsure how I felt about it. As a Christian, I felt there should be other ways to find answers and get your head on straight again, but I also saw the cathartic nature of writing your ideas and questions down on paper, even if you're writing to someone who can't answer your questions. This is Ava Dellaira's debut novel and it was a very interesting story — one with many surprises including the ending. I'd recommend reading it before giving it to a teenager in your family — it might not be for everyone, and a certain maturity is required, I think, for someone to not get mired down in it. None-the-less, a worthwhile read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ava Dellaira's "Love Letters to the Dead" fills readers with waves and waves of emotion. It relates mostly to teenagers growing up and realizing that the world isn't the perfect utopia that they thought it was when they were young. This novel touches hearts and searches deep inside a reader's soul, making them realize who they are and how they have changed. The narrator goes through many experiences, such as a first love, new friends, and above the surface information. But only the reader can look deep into this novel and realize that it isn't just about simple things in life. It teaches you to understand that certain events happen for a reason, and that you have to learn how to adapt and live your life to the fullest in dark times of your life. You learn more about yourself and your true personality as you continue reading. I honestly fully recommend this book to anyone who is even slightly interested in reading this. Believe me when I say that you will not regret it unless you don't understand the book and aren't willing to break down the words to find a true and deep meaning about life.
Oliviafar More than 1 year ago
Read it, just read it. That is all I can say. Read it and then pass it on. This book will saty with you long after your done reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The cover of this book does it so much justice. It makes it seem like something bittersweet, where you often have to remind yourself that she's writing to a dead person. Yeah, no. At first it starts out that way, but about halfway through, the main focus of the book shifts towards subjects like sexual assault and domestic abuse. Although these are important subjects, the book gave no warning to the matters until they all just became a huge part of the plot. This plot had so much potential, but I feel like the author didn't know what to do with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it! I can highly relate to this book, it's a book that anyone would love. I would give it more than 5 stars if I could
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was quick read and I loved the way it was written. The only thing I didn't like was just that the ending was so happy and fairy-tale like. Overall a great read though!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book with my entire being
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! It was beautifully written, and I couldn't seem to put it down.
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Amazing, the wording justbleme away at part cried but but my teacher told me that means they put effort in it so relates to the reader and it i love its
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for anyone struggling with a difficult time in their life, It speaks out to younger readers who are going through that confusing transition in life and it also can reach out to older readers who remember the confusing times they faced. This book is perfect for anyone who may have grown up to fast or wants to. 5/5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a really good read went straight to the heart strings ,it will keep you hooked till the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply beautiful. Lovable characters, a great story. Well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For many is not a comfortable read since Daddy Long Legs. The present "dead" themes for youth books that include the very worst and depressing adult woes in grafic detail sends me back to louisa alcott at least beth dies without details meg has her twins and courting without grafics from the free book reviews there seem to be blank verse too. Another pass. By the way
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Defiantly one of my new favorite books!!!
TeacherAnn More than 1 year ago
A wonderful idea that not only teaches, but encourages and brings thinking.