Love Letters to the Dead was a moving read, full of melancholy and at its heart, hope.
It began as an assignment for English class - write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because he died young, like her sister May. Laurel begins pouring her heart out to him and soon she isn’t just writing to him, she’s writing to dozens of other dead people.
Laurel communicates with us solely through these letters. There are no chapter or scene breaks, just letters. It is brilliantly written and though she is essentially ‘telling’ us her story, she is showing us so much more. Laurel’s pain leaps off the page. It is pretty clear fairly early on that she is harbouring some deep secret, getting clearer as the book continues.
There is so much for Laurel to deal with - starting high school, first love, growing up, dealing with the loss of her sister.
With a title like Love Letters to the Dead, it’s obvious this isn’t going to be a feel good book. But it’s still an amazing read. The words come alive in front of you as you fall down Laurel’s rabbit hole. This book is something in the vein of 13 Reasons Why and Lovely, Dark and Deep.