Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira book review


This is a book review of the novel Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira. This story starts with one assignment for English class: write a letter to a dead person. The format of the story is different from most novels it is composed completely of letters to people of have died. Through out the letters they explain things happening in Laurels life and how the people she writes to lives  connect to her life.

The story of Laurels life is all connected to her older sister May who has passed away. She writes about high school, new friend, her splintering family, falling in love, and dealing with the death of her sister. The letters are written to different people throughout the book. But, each letter connects the story together making it all combine with multiple connects of May, Laurel, who the letters are to, and many more connections between characters. She explains what happening in her life, what she’s thinking and what happens to May.

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About May

May is Laurels older sister who mysteriously passed away. She inspires who Laurel writes the letter to like how Kurt Cobain who was a member of her favorite bad Nirvana. Every story doesn’t only connect to who the letter is to its all connects to May’s life and what happen to her.

About Laurel

Laurel is Mays younger sister who admired her. May introduced her to many things such as bands May showed Laurel who Nirvana was. May is Laurels inspiration . Laurel’s letters started with her English assignment but it helped her in the end she found what she was looking for this whole time. She found out own path. She wrote the truth of what happened to herself before she could accept what happen to May.

About Who The Letters Are To
     -Kurt Cobain:

Kurt Cobain is a singer and guitarist in many bands including Mays favorite band Nirvana.

   -Judy Garland

Judy Garland is the lead character in The Wizard of Oz. This movie is still Laurels  favorite. She remembers her mom putting in on when she was home sick from school.

-Other Information

Many of the Characters in this book help Laurel learn who she is and what she wants her future to be. She Learns how to be herself and live with out May in her life.  Laurel discovers how to live beyond the life of her sister. She makes friends, finds love, and lives her life.

The story Laurel tells through her letters have meanings beyond what you may learn in the book. It opens our eyes to many things with in the teenage world. This book changes or prospective of the teenage world. It gives you an in site in to the world of some teens. It teaches us that some people can’t deal with death like others. They want the whole story of what happen. And need to have a conclusion before they can move on. They want all the knowledge they can get about what happen.

The cover page is a sky full of stars with a girl sitting on the word dead. The girl is writing in her notebook. The sky means that the world is full of stars that have no conclusion or specific number. They’re symbolic of what all Laurel doesn’t know.

-What you may learn from the book

This book can change how you see the world of teens. It shows some of the struggles and problems they go through. The world can open up to you once you enter it beyond what you know. A problem will happen and you probably have to live with it but living with it isn’t the same as if you change it. You can change how you see it and deal with it. Just cause it happened doesn’t always mean its bad. It can change you life for the better. Every one needs to learn that life is hard. But, just cause its hard doesn’t mean it will destroy you. It will change you for the better.