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. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to the dead - to people like Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse - though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating the choppy waters of new friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time, and, most important, trying to grieve for May. But how do you mourn for someone you haven’t forgiven?
It’s not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself that she can finally 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 truly start to discover her own path.
In a voice that’s as lyrical and as true as a favorite song, Ava Dellaira writes about one girl’s journey through life’s challenges with a haunting and often heartbreaking beauty.
©2014 Ava Dellaira. Published by arrangement with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. All rights reserved. “One Art” and excerpt from “The Armadillo” from The Complete Poems 1927– 1979 by Elizabeth Bishop. © 1979, 1983 by Alice Helen Methfessel. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I'm a clinical psychology doctorate student. I love to read a good romance or ya novel to escape from the everyday stresses of life.
I liked the sulky, angsty feel of this book. It pulled me in and matched my mood when I wanted to listen to something deeper and more serious. I love how Laurel's search of herself via writing through the diary really allowed her to work things out with herself towards the end of the listen.
The way she described each famous person and how she felt about their deaths made the story seem even more real.
I have not heard Julia in any other books except this one but I did think her voice was perfect for all the characters and the emotion in her voice made the story come to life.
I cried almost every other chapter, this story did hit close to home but it was much needed. It was nice to hear how the character learned to deal with her grief and to hear how others where handling theirs.
This was a great book that I am going to recommend to others.
In the beginning of this story, I was disappointed at how it seemed to fold out. I was expecting something much deeper than a girl writing to famous dead people about her high school problems. However, as the story continues and it got deeper, the story intrigued me more and more. While it still had typical YA tropes, it was a moving tale and one that captured my attention until the end.
I read this amazing audiobook as part of the Hub Challenge and it was awesome. Laurel is still reeling from the death and loss of her older sister, May. She has transferred to a new school, and her first assignment is to write a letter to a dead person. This assignment beings a year long letter writing campaign from Laurel to Kurt Cobain, Judy Garland, River Phoenix, Amelia Earhart, Amy Winehouse, poets and many more...What I liked about these letters is that Laurel researches each subject and the reader learns about the lives of these dead people and we see parallels to May, Laurel, and her family. As Laurel struggles with her guilt, her silence, her own self image, and her idealization of May...who will she become? As a reader, I savored the New Mexico setting, the flawed (but real)characters, the letters, and Laurel's journey. Highly recommended, teens will relate to Laurel, Sky, Natalie, Hannah and their daily lives in high school
Towards the end when Laurel GETS it....
Julia's performance was stellar but I love her Laurel the best. Laurel is such a tortured confused soul and Julia brought that to life often in the novel.
I was devastated when Sky broke up with her.
I listened to this amazing book as part of the 2015 Hub Challenge and it did not disappoint and I loved learning about all those dead people's lives too.
All time fave book series is Fear Street by R.L. Stine. I have read them all...I think.
Yes, If you like movies/shows such as "Mean Girls", "Clue less". This book reminds me of that type of genre
I like how you get to know the main character. I found myself cry at times because I really connected to her and felt her pain
I loved the animation she gave. Not only did she just read the words but she did a great job as getting the emotion as well.
I did cry and get excited. I found myself cheering/laughing/crying for Laurel throughout the book
I love teenie booper shows. Saved By The Bell, Cosby Show, Popular, OTH, Dawson's Creek, 90210...This book seems to me to be this kind of show if it were made into one. Keep in mind it is written like you are reading her journal
I haven't read the print version but I enjoyed the audio. It is a great story to listen to as I do other things. Its a great story of growth and grief.
I liked them all she did well juggling all the different characters.
Lessons learned from those who've left.
I would recommend the book to YA readers, but many of them won't know who Kurt Cobain or the other "dead" people the narrator is writing to are.
She was a good reader.
The premise was odd, and I like how it developed, but there were a few things about the plot that were just...meh.
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