Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, April 1st 2014
Source: E-book, purchased
How I Felt: This
was not my kind of book. It wasn't really good and it wasn't really
bad, it just wasn't for me which is why I gave it a low rating. The
majority of the book was hard to get through because I didn't like the
main character, Laurel, at all. I didn't like her mentality or the way
she treated people. I understood that she was grieving but that didn't
give her an excuse to treat her family and friends horribly.
only part of the book I enjoyed was the ending. When Laurel was able to
face and write down what happened to her and her sister was the bright
light at the end of the tunnel. I liked how Sky was able to help her
realize this, she needed someone like him in her life.
favourite character in the whole book would have to be Laurel's dad.
There is literally no one else I could like. I felt so bad for him. His
wife left him and then his first daughter died. He didn't always handle
the situation well but you could tell he was trying. I liked that about
Another character I liked was Laurel's aunt Amy. I felt bad for her because she's had a
tough time living and being alone for a long time and the way Laurel
treated her for most of the book didn't help. I'm glad that as Laurel grew up
over the course of the novel, she was able to grow closer to her aunt and
get to know her better.
I liked the concept of the book, the
assignment Laurel had to do that led to her finding out who she was and
realizing that she needs to grow up and move on. I thought the way the
story was told through letters at times didn't really work. The
switching of tenses, and the time frame in which these letters were
written got a little jumbled at times but for the most part it worked.
though I haven't read the Perks of Being a Wallflower, I have watched
the movie and I did notice a lot of similarities between that and this
book. But I'm not too bothered by that considering that Dellaira said in
the acknowledgments that he played a big role in her writing this book.
not too fussed about this book. It just wasn't for me. I have just too many mixed feelings about it to be able to say I enjoyed it. If you're a fan
of dark contemporaries you'll
probably like this one. I'm not sure this will be a book I'd reread ever
but I'm glad I read it now.
Thanks for reading!
*Info on book taken from Goodreads.com*
*Images taken from Google.ca
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