Review}Love Letters to the Dead

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Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Love Letters to the Dead
by Ava Dellaira (Goodreads Author)

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Amy Pinney‘s review

Mar 03, 16  ·  edit
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Read from February 26 to March 02, 2016


The book Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira held great promise as I opened the pages. The book immediately jumps into letters to dead individuals. We learn in the first sentence that these letters to the dead are an assignment for Laurel’s English class. The first letter is to Kurt Cobain because that was our main character’s sisters favorite musician. We learn in this first letter that Laurel’s sister, May, is gone.

Through the book we learn more about Laurel and a bit more about Laurel and May’s relationship. Some of the things we learn about Laurel herself are elicited through the dead people she chooses to write to. The reader is lead to sense a feeling of responsibility for May’s passing from Laurel, but it isn’t until late in the book that we actually see those feelings and the reasons for those feelings in print.

This book covers incredibly difficult topics like suicide, depression, young love, relationships, and sexual identity. While this book covers this wide multitude of topics, it felt somewhat like they were crammed into the pages. This is a decent book, but I wanted to “feel” more as I read.

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6 thoughts on “Review}Love Letters to the Dead

    1. Well, those sections made me uncomfortable because I just hate thinking of those issues, but they were presented in a respectful manner. The feeling the character felt was portrayed well, but not graphically.

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  1. I really loved the idea of this book, but in execution, it didn’t work for me. Honestly, I got bored! And with so many different topics and themes, I shouldn’t have been. Not really sure why the book couldn’t keep my attention.

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