- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Hot Key Books (1 May 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1471402886
- ISBN-13: 978-1471402883
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Love Letters to the Dead Paperback – 1 May 2014
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LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD is more than a stunning debut. It is the announcement of a bold new literary voice. --Stephen Chbosky, author of THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD is more than a stunning debut. It is the announcement of a bold new literary voice. (Stephen Chbosky, author of THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER)See all Product description
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The book is a collection of letters to likes of Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and Amelia Earheart as she travels along high school making friends, finding and losing love and coming to terms with life without May and how she died.
Laurel’s journey is, if I'm honest, very sad. It’s emotional and really tugs on your heart. The emotions that poured out of me while reading her story were unbelievable, because I was feeling so many different things all at once: sad, confused, happy, hopeful and so many more. My heart just broke for poor Laurel.
This is a superb book that is very clearly influenced by Perks of Being A Wallflower in a way that is noticeable but isn't irritating or a direct updated copy. The format of letter-writing for the plot is rather clever and takes the pressure off the reader as being the sole-bearer of all Laurel's woes.
Emotional, painful but surprisingly enjoyable, Love Letters to the Dead is a beautifully written story that deals grief, hope and first love. I can recommend this book to everyone.
On the back of my copy of the book, the main themes are outlined, to try and draw in readers. For this book, they’re letters, grief, first love, and coming of age, and I think that they were all written very realistically. I loved that Laurel wasn’t a perfect character, and this wasn’t your standard story of a poor, tortured heroine fighting through their pain and learning to live again – I enjoy those stories, but I liked that this wasn’t one of them. This was the story of a flawed girl coming to terms with herself, realising who she is and who she wants to be, and perhaps also recognising that unfortunately, no matter how much she’s suffered, the world does not revolve around her.
I think that this book also had a theme of perfection. Laurel dwells on those lines of the poem about beauty and truth, and talks to Tristan about our imperfections. I loved the wolf metaphor, and the eventual realisation that no-one can be perfect. We can’t see our own flaws that well, and our loved ones won’t get rid of them for us, because they’re a part of who we are, the person they love.
Overall, this book did what I think it set out to do, which is the most important thing. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and I’m really excited to read whatever Ava Dellaira writes next.
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