TITLE: Love Letters to the Dead
AUTHOR: Ava Dellaira
RATING: ☆☆☆☆ (4/5)
(Read from September 27 to October 11, 2015)
“Nothing is worse than when someone who’s supposed to love you just leaves.”
I love how the author writes this book. The story started off with this English assignment to write a letter to a dead person. Basically, that simple, the story revolves around this letter which tells the whole story on it’s point of view. The main character, Laurel didn’t pass the assignment due to some personal reasons but she was able to do it though, it is way too many letters that is. She has written to all of this dead people mostly artists, singers or the icons which she idolizes in her life or have an impact on her and May’s childhood, some of them are Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, River Phoenix and the likes. In the end though a few months late she was still able to pass her assignment to this teacher who totally understands her which she didn’t know right from the start. And yes, ill stop, so much for spoiling the entire story. HAHA.
“When we are in love, we are both completely in danger and completely saved.”
I like Laurel. I love how she eventually found herself in the end. I love her friends, they’re a bit weird but in a good way, they’re all fucked up in some ways but hey all of us are sometimes, right? I love Hannah and Natalie (#lovewins) I totally like them together. I also love Tristan and Kirsten, I love how Tristan treats Laurel as his baby sister. I love how Laurel gets the support from friends who never left her side and accepts her no matter what. I love how she discovers what her sister was like bit by bit thru people who has known May way back and how she finally discovers herself that she is way too different from her sister and that she doesn’t have to compare herself to her. I love Sky. He is weird but I think he is really awesome. I would love to date someone like him. Hihi. I love Sky and Laurel together. They actually compliments each other in an awkward loveable way. Finally I love the ending on how Laurel started to come out as she truly is because people love her not because she is like May or that she truly resembles May’s quality but because she is beginning to love and understands herself and accepts herself that she is totally unique and very much different from her.
This book is very special to me as I am like Laurel too and hey being able to grow up without someone you love makes me miss all of the memories we might have. I just feel that there is a Laurel in each and every one of us. This book may serve as an inspiration to all of those who were struggling with their personalities, life, also for those who are experiencing depression and sadness. Always remember that we have all our friends and family who may be able to help us get through with life’s difficulty.
“You can be noble and brave and beautiful and still find yourself falling.”
Dearest Ava Dellaira,
Thank you for writing this book. I cried a lot reading this because first I can totally relate to Laurel most of the time. I think people, I mean all of us can actually relate to this one. Also, you inspire people who are experiencing this kind of depression about losing someone they love. It is quite a lot having to read about people like them. I think this might help them a little bit. You know what I also wanted to write letters to someone who I haven’t had the chance to grow up with, I wanted to tell my Dad everything life has showered me, I wanted to tell him stories about me and I am quite sure he would be proud. So much love for you and this wonderful book.
I wish you could tell me where you are now. I mean, I know you’re dead, but I think there must be something in a human being that can’t just disappear. It’s dark out. You’re out there. Somewhere, somewhere. I’d like to let you in.”