Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira
I first read Love Letters to the Dead three years ago, and I absolutely loved it. It was the book that first got me into YA Contemporary, which is now probably my favorite genre. Because of the fact that I read this book three years ago and I don’t remember very much of it, and because I’m too lazy to write a full review on it, I decided to compile a list of why I think everyone would benefit from reading this amazing book.
Seriously, I can’t even begin to explain how gorgeous Dellaira’s prose is. I found myself scrambling throughout the entire book for my quote notebook and my highlighter. (Yes, I highlight my books. Don’t hate, okay? )
I love a narrator that I can really understand and sympathize with, and Laurel definitely has these qualities. Her voice was mature, but not too unrealistic, and her decisions and actions were often flawed, which I think is very important.
ALL THE FEELS.
I know there’s people that specifically avoid books like this for that very reason, but I, particularly, happen to find myself attracted to tear-jerkers. Grief is a very difficult subject to write about, and Dellaira definitely handled it well. In my opinion, the best kind of books are the ones that really make you feel something.
The Unique Concept!
I mean, come on: who isn’t intrigued by the idea of writing letters to dead people? This topic is really interesting to me, and it’s cool to see what a strong role all these people had in both Laurel’s and May’s lives. I also loved this unique format, because I normally don’t read books written in letter format, but I really enjoyed how Dellaira handled it.
I loved, loved, loved Laurel and Sky’s relationship! There was no insta-love, and I really enjoyed watching the characters gradually get to know each other. While I didn’t love Sky as a character, I loved to see him with Laurel.
May and Laurel’s Relationship.
Strong sister-sister relationships are something I’d love to see more of in YA, and it was done beautifully in this novel. Laurel’s voice describes some of her past experiences with May, some of them random, and some of them completely magical, which I think mirrors how relationships are in real life.
One of the most important elements in a good book is the theme. This book really made me think, and caused me to view grief in a different way.