I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Published by Straus and Giroux
Published on 2014-04-01
Genres: Abuse, Contemporary, Death, Family, Siblings
Source: Net Galley
It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more -- though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was -- lovely and amazing and deeply flawed -- can she begin to discover her own path.
Laurel’s sister is dead.
Laurel just started high school at West Mesa High. She was supposed to go to Sandia, where her friends went to, but she decided that she needed a fresh start. Sandia was also her sister’s high school. The first few weeks of school was spent with her, sitting by the fence during lunch period. She was lost. She didn’t know how to be herself. She misses her sister, May, a lot. She wanted to be like her. Across from where she was sitting, she would always see this boy whose name is Sky.
In her English class, the teacher, Mrs. Buster, gave them an assignment – to write a letter to the dead. She found out that Mrs. Buster was actually one of May’s teacher from Sandia. She just transferred to West Mesa High. Laurel started her assignment by writing to famous dead people.
Dear Kurt Cobain…