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Love Letters to the Dead: A Novel av Ava…

Love Letters to the Dead: A Novel (urspr publ 2014; utgåvan 2015)

av Ava Dellaira (Författare)

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When Laurel starts writing letters to dead people for a school assignment, she begins to spill about her sister's mysterious death, her mother's departure from the family, her new friends, and her first love.
Titel:Love Letters to the Dead: A Novel
Författare:Ava Dellaira (Författare)
Info:Square Fish (2015), 352 pages
Samlingar:Purchased, Ditt bibliotek


Love Letters to the Dead: A Novel av Ava Dellaira (2014)

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I was going to forgive this book for being a bad copy of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (and I didn't even like that one). Really, I was going to.
But then, I saw that the author thanked Sthepen Chbosky, her mentor and friend, for helping her to tell her story.
Ha. ( )
  PaulaLourido | Jun 10, 2021 |
3.25* ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
The format of the book was really interesting, and it's one of the things that caught my eye first. It reminded me of The Perks of Being a Wallflower , which is one of my favorite books. I thought I would love this aspect of it, but it was a bit frustrating at times. It did feel as if there were parts that were just slightly altered storylines of TPOBAW, though.

I loved some of the characters, while I struggled to fully like others. I thought Laurel's admiration of her sister was sweet, and I did sort of sympathize with her. However, after a while, her personality began to feel a bit repetitive and bland. It was quite obvious her main focus was Sky, which really did get annoying halfway through - if that, even. There were several points throughout the book where I had to remind myself that she was a freshman in high school, not a child. Her narration switched between excited-twelve-year-old-in-love and philosopher.

Natalie and Hannah were two of the most interesting characters, and I wish they were a larger part of the general story. They were sweet, and the chemistry between them actually existed. If Ava Dellaira wrote another book to focus solely on these two, I'd absolutely read it in a heartbeat.

Sky was... Sky? I just don't really understand the infatuation Laurel had with him. I personally found him to be a total jerk, but even after the horrible things he said and did to her, she was still obsessed with him. As for the chemistry between them, it was pretty much nonexistent. Of course, everyone's had that one crush that was based solely on outer appearance, and honestly, that's what this felt like to me. Laurel found him attractive, and no matter what he did, he was still perfect in her eyes. This was one of the most frustrating parts of this book for me.

Laurel's family were a bit hit or miss for me. I adored her dad, because he reminded me so much of my own father (so I guess I may be biased). Her mom frustrated me tremendously. I hated the fact that she questioned Laurel about May's death almost immediately after, and it felt as if she was trying to trick her into admitting it was her fault. Then, she just completely leaves, just to come back about a year later. It seems as if she'll redeem herself and try to be a good mother, and then she asks Laurel about the night again. The fact that Laurel actually thought her mother left because she blamed her for May's death was terrible in my opinion. Aunt Amy was okay, and I respect her for willingly stepping up and taking over as the motherly figure in Laurel's life. The overly-religious personality was a bit annoying (and rather overused in books).

As for the grief, it mostly just felt like she was angry that May left her. I'm not saying I don't understand that because I absolutely do. However, that's not the only part of grief; there are so many emotions Laurel should have been feeling along with the anger. I also feel like there could have been more information about May; the majority of what we got was Laurel thinking she was beautiful, brave, and perfect. The only stories we got about her were pretty much retold throughout the entire book - May sneaking in after a night out, vague details about the night she died, and her convincing Laurel they were fairies.

As for the ending, I hated it. Did it still make me cry? Yes. I don't understand it, but if there's a broken family that's sort of fixed, it always gets to me. Always.

It was a decent book, but I'm not entirely sure I'll ever read it again. Everything just felt vague, dramatic, and repetitive. I did love the formatting of the book even if it was just a little too similar to TPOBAW. I think there could have been a little more depth to both the characters and storyline itself - particularly with Laurel and the entire grief aspect. ( )
  angeljmartin | Mar 12, 2021 |
When I was a preteen/teenager I read a lot of books meant to explore how young women coped with the darker side of life - rape, abuse, drugs, etc - and they helped me understand and avoid a lot of the pitfalls of adolescence. It's a relief to know that books in the same vein are still being published for the new generation, as clearly young women are still having to deal with the same (if not more) issues.

What sets this book apart from other is the clever narrative style; adapting the oft-used diary/journal format to that of letter writing (and to dead people, which is interesting) gives the narrative a personal touch without being too heavy handed. The book reminds me quite a bit of The Perks of Being a Wallflower in that it is harshly realistic, but still retains a sense of hope and moving forward. (And no wonder, since Chbosky is the author's mentor!) ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
After the death of her older sister, Laurel changes schools. Her entire life has been turned upside down by death, divorce, estrangement from one parent, having to make new friends and figure out life all over again. A simple school assignment: Write a letter to a dead person as if the letter could actually reach them. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain. She writes the letter, but she never turns in the assignment. She keeps writing. Judy Garland. Janis Joplin. E.E. Cummings, River Phoenix. Amelia Earhart. Out pours the emotions of growing up, learning about love and sex, the pain of divorce, and the feelings of loss. She talks about her sister May and what actually happened the night she died.

This book was amazing. It brought back memories of my teenage years. The first time I snuck out of the house. The first time I drank alcohol. The need to figure out life....and myself. The emotions that Laurel was pouring out onto the page to her dead heroes were so real, and so painful. Her school assignment became her therapy.

Be ready for the range of feelings this book will bring, but it's a roller coaster ride that can't be missed. It truly shows the range of emotions we all go through when we grieve for a dead loved one, or when our lives fundamentally change and there's no returning to the way things used to be.

Have you ever wished you could have reached out to a tragically dead celebrity? I know I have. This book also reminded me of all the times I have wished that I could have told Janis Joplin to lay off the drugs and that she was very talented and an awesome person, no matter what asshats told her early in life. I have always been haunted by a recorded interview she gave before she died about going back to her hometown after becoming famous and what it was going to be like to see all the people that made her miserable as an awkward teenager. They called her a pig and threw pennies at her in school. She came back in August 1970 dressed in purple, wearing oversize sunglasses and bright orange nail polish. She came as herself...and they still gawked at her and made catty remarks behind her back. Then she was dead....never making peace with her past. Never letting it go. Some people just aren't meant to fit in. She was meant to break molds and sing her soul. That's not an easy road to travel. I'm so sorry she died alone, naked, on a hotel floor, never knowing that THEY were wrong. That she was ok as she was. It isn't necessary to be like everyone else. But, it isn't easy to be The Different One. I wish I could have told her. Could have been her friend. Could have showed her that asshats are just asshats...not important. Be the one in purple. Wear the feathers. Sing your Soul. Be. Don't destruct. Don't use heroin to escape the demons. Push the demons out. But, I was only 2 when Janis died alone on the floor of her hotel room. And, I thought about that the entire time I read this book. If I could write a letter to Janis, I would say all of that to her, what my heart and soul have always screamed every time I hear her sing, or hear an old interview. She was going back to her old high school to "shove it up their asses,'' but the victory was bittersweet. She wanted acceptance, and they had none to give. Ever since I heard her story as a teenager, I've wanted to say all that to her. This book brought all those feelings back, and the memories of my sadness when I heard of others: Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, River Phoenix, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Chris Farley. I watch them perform as ghosts, wishing there was something that could have been done to save them. But they wouldn't have taken my warning. Perhaps their destiny was set. They had to run their course and like so many talented, beautiful people, fizzle out early. No old age years. No retirement. Just...gone. We all have flaws, even the beautiful people. And our fates are the sum of our choices.

Laurel learns this about her sister.

Beautiful book. Excellent first book. I wonder what Ava Dellaira will write next?? I will definitely be one of the first in line to read it!!

My rating: 9/10
Ages: 16 , some sexual, drug and alcohol themes but not graphic ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
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