Year 8, Book 107

107. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

After the death of her sister May, Laurel has recently transferred to a new high school where her English teacher assigns them to write a letter to someone that is dead. Instead of completing the assignment and turning it in as required Laurel writes a letter to Kurt Cobain and then continues to write letters to many other dead people. The book is composed of the letters she has written in which she tells them about what is going on in her life and ties it to something in their lives. The letters become a way for her to deal with her sister’s death and the many other difficulties she is facing with her parents and new friends.

I enjoyed the book for the most part and thought some of the way it was structured around the letters was interesting, but ultimately I thought the letters structure didn’t work that well. Mostly that was a result of it feeling like the author was trying too hard to twist the story to fit facts about the dead people she was writing to so that she could relate to them somehow. I appreciate the effort though.

I give it a 7 out of 10.

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