Original book title: Love Letters to the Dead
Author: Ava Dellaira
Publisher: Hot Key Books, 323 pages
Original language: English
Year of publication: 2014
A while ago I saw, this book “everywhere” in my bookstagram flow, which made me curious. After reading the blurb I decided to give the book a chance. I also have to admit that I think the cover is incredibly beautiful and wanted to have it on my bookshelf :p
It began as a task for English class, writing letters to a dead person. Laurel chooses to write to, among others, Kurt Cobain – he died young and so did Laurel’s sister May. Soon Laurel writes to lots of dead people.
I think I had too high expectations for this book. I found the idea unique and liked the idea of hearing Laurel’s story through the letters she writes, but unfortunately I lost interest quickly.
My biggest problem was the main character, Laurel. In my opinion, Ava Dellaira has failed to figure out how a teenage girl thinks and acts. Laurel sounds more like a ten-year-old writing diary instead of a high school student. Laurel as a character is both boring and annoying.
Dellaira writes in a simple way where the text flows in a monotonous way, but still succeeds in printing a beautiful phrase here and there. But the beautiful phrases feel misguided.
The actual story is quite boring. We understand very quickly that Laurel has lost her sister in a horrible accident but what really happened is not known until the end. Unfortunately, I’ve lost my interest long before we find out “the great truth” because the story is kind of predictable.
The love story was another problem I had with this book. Laurel falls in love with Sky, a mysterious boy who also has his own secrets. What I did not like with the whole love bit was that the focus of Laurel’s sorrow for her sister disappeared and was replaced by her love concerns. When I picked up the book I thought that we would follow Laurel’s grief and how she struggles with the loss of her sister.
I believe, as I said, that I had too high expectations for this book. In any case, this book wasn’t for me.
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