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Love Letters to the Dead | [Ava Dellaira]

Love Letters to the Dead

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.
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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.

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    B. J. Neary Oreland, PA USA 03-30-15
    B. J. Neary Oreland, PA USA 03-30-15 Member Since 2015

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    If you could sum up Love Letters to the Dead in three words, what would they be?

    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


    What did you like best about this story?

    Towards the end when Laurel GETS it....


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was devastated when Sky broke up with her.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jill United States 10-12-14
    Jill United States 10-12-14 Member Since 2012

    All time fave book series is Fear Street by R.L. Stine. I have read them all...I think.

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    Would you listen to Love Letters to the Dead again? Why?

    Yes, If you like movies/shows such as "Mean Girls", "Clue less". This book reminds me of that type of genre


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love Letters to the Dead?

    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


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did cry and get excited. I found myself cheering/laughing/crying for Laurel throughout the book


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    Hannah 07-07-14
    Hannah 07-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Love Letters to the Dead to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    I liked them all she did well juggling all the different characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Lessons learned from those who've left.


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