Love Letters to the Dead

Love Letters to the Dead

Book - 2014
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It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374346676
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION DELLA...A
Characteristics: 323 pages


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kirstd31 May 05, 2017

Laurel starts a school assignment to write a letter to a person who has died. She keeps writing more stories to work out her feelings of all the events she has had in her life. The story reminds me of Speak. The events slowly reveal what happened to her and she learns how to help herself.

Apr 06, 2017

This book was Heat breaking.

Sep 25, 2016

Told solely through letters to different famous dead people, Laurel explains her life after her older sister dies. After the accident Laurel wants to start fresh so she starts at a new high school, meets new friends and starts to act like her sister to feel like she's still there. Through the letters she begins to be able to talk about what happened and Laurel finds out who she really is. Although this book seemed interesting it didn't really keep my attention and I only read about half way before stopping. Might come back to it later and try and finish it. Rating 2 out of 5 stars.
- @Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

When I bought this book I thought that I would love it because of how interesting and different it seemed. The entire story is written as letters to famous dead people that influenced Laurel’s life. After her life is turned upside down writing to the dead helps her to cope. Although I did enjoy this book and I loved the characters I don’t feel like it met my expectations. I found that at some points I was bored and didn’t think I would finish it but then things would get interesting a couple pages later and I felt like I had to keep reading. Overall I think it was a good book, it’s worth the read. 3 Stars
- @bookworm of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Apr 09, 2016

This book was stunning in every single aspect. Its honestly as it deals with grief and growth struck me as wholeheartedly beautiful. Not only that, but this book gives some really great music suggestions! Fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and any John Green novel should definitely give this book a try!

Mar 27, 2016

I definitely liked this book. A good read

Oct 10, 2015

Not sure if I can say I finished it because I ended up just skipping around and then giving up. I don't like whiney voices or the epistolary style, so this book was not for me. It's a bit of a knockoff Saving Zoe. It's similar to Perks, but if you're looking for a coming-of-age novel I would recommend This Song Will Save Your Life instead. I wanted to like Love Letters and tried to like it, but it was just too boring and repetitive. Nothing special.

Aug 18, 2015

What a tear-jerker! I was definitely crying through a lot of this book. There were times when it was difficult to read this because of the immaturity of the narrator (she sounded much younger than high school to me and there were times when the author clearly expected the audience to be more mature than the character), but that gave Laurel plenty of room to grow and grow up throughout the novel. There were times when it really made the novel drag on and on, though, because Laurel's problems or her perceptions of them seemed so unimportant. The idea of letters to the dead was a bit gimmicky, but it was a successful gimmick, as it created a lot of connections between overcoming trauma and valuing life.

Jun 22, 2015

i found this book very dark but also amazing and different to read

Cynthia_N Mar 08, 2015

Laurel is given a school assignment to write a letter to someone who is deceased. The entire book is letters she has written to deceased famous people. Through the letter we learn May's (Laurel's deceased older sister) story and slowly Laurel's story is revealed as well. It reminded me of 13 Reasons Why because the of method of communicating the story.

Praestrigia Feb 08, 2015

I think it was bad how much I really fell in love with this. I fell in love with the characters and became attached even after I finished it. It gets deep and dark in some moments, and there were a couple moments where I felt bored, however.

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