The first four letters from Ava Dellaira's LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD Download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd Dear Kurt Cobain, Mrs. Buster gave us our rst assignment in English today, to write a letter to a dead person. 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. DOWNLOAD LINK: Love Letters to the Dead ebook epub electronic book It begins as an assignment for English class: write a letter to a dead.
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Failed to save quote. I could not bring myself to care about the extremely dull character, who has no character and no personality of her own, who comes off as a girl who's only too willing to be pulled along by peer pressure.
This book goes nowhere. It is a diary of a high school girl, Laurel , who's lost her sister, May. Laurel's despair over May's death is tremendously subtle, and so suppressed that I can hardly tell she's grieving at all. I guess I am not doing this assignment the way I am supposed to.
Yours, Laurel No shit. The point is that there was no point to this book. If I wanted to read about a main character that I can't relate to, whose grief isn't even present, who falls in love too easily, who lets herself be completely bent by peer pressure, who can't really relate to her family If I wanted to read the diary of a really immature young woman, I can just go onto Tumblr or DeviantArt or Livejournal does anyone use Livejournal anymore?
And I can stop when I want to! The Premise: This book is written in a series of letters to dead characters, musicians, poets, actors. It reads like a slightly less silly version of a year old fangirl writing letters to One Direction or Justin Bieber. Dear Amy Winehouse, Your fearlessness seemed like it came from a different time. When your first album was released, you still looked innocent, a pretty girl who said she thought she was ugly.
You would step onstage in your little dress, sipping a drink, with your big beehive hairdo and Cleopatra eyeliner, and sing with a voice that poured out of your tiny body. You were willing to expose yourself without caring what anyone thought. I wish I was more like that. To be fair, I didn't want it to be, because the information I got from these artists from these silly, juvenile "letters" aren't anything I wouldn't have gleaned from 5 minutes on Wikipedia or Daily Mail UK. The Actual Letters: A few paragraphs on the artists themselves, and then a million pages or so it felt like of a teenaged girl rambling on about: He always wears a leather jacket, even though summer is barely over.
Her family , dad, mom, crazy Bible-thumping Aunt Amy 3. Her lesbian friends 4. Her cool older friends who are like, so awesome, and, like, so into each other, and like, so into music! When Kristen and I are better friends, I am going to ask her to play me some of your music. Yours, Laurel 5. Her sister. I guess. The "letters" follow this pattern for the entire fucking book: I think your dreams must have been like the wings of an angel sparkling with unicorn horns and butterfly dreams that never got fulfilled.
Today I went to lunch with my friends.
I thought about Sky a lot. Then I talked to my friends. Then I watched them kiss. Then I pretended that I didn't see them kiss. I went home to talk to my really sad dad, and I reflected upon how sad he is and how much I miss him. And May. But I'm not going to think about May. I'm not going to tell you anything about how she died. I'm going to let you have the impression that I love her even if I don't say it. I'm going to give you the impression that I care about her without ever implicitly mentioning her.
Sky is really hot. Yours, Laurel AN. She reminds me a lot of Lara Jean from Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before , which is to say, she's innocent as fuck, she's naive as fuck, and even if she's old enough to get to 3rd and then some base with her boyfriend, and drink, and do illegal shit, she's just there for the ride.
Laurel is not a leader. She is a follower. She does things because people tell her to. If this book were an YA paranormal, Laurel would be the equivalent of Bella Swan because she fucking does nothing in the book unless someone drags her into it. She is a good girl, an innocent girl who drinks and do stupid stuff like ask strangers to download her alcohol because her cool friends tell her to. And she really, really wants to be friends with them.
She is desperate to be loved, and I couldn't give a flying fuck about that. Spare me your dull I-have-problems-that-I-won't-talk-about mental issues ; I want a girl twisted and torn by grief, I don't want a passive little fluffy bunny, even if that bunny occasionally indulges in some cannabis-laced carrots.
Inconsistent Writing: I could not get immersed in Laurel's character because she has such an inconsistent voice. In some parts of her narrative Laurel sounds like a year old. I liked waiting in line with everyone. I liked that the girl in front of me had red curls on the back of her head that you could tell she curled herself. And I liked the thin crinkle of the plastic when I opened the wrapper.
I liked how every bite made a falling-apart kind of crunch. It was perfect. He looked proud. And then she starts spouting off philosophical crap and imageries out of freaking nowhere , and I'm left wondering who am I reading, the character or the author trying to write a poetic teen who's not convincing in the least?
Laurel's narrative voice just did not work for me. I can't take a going on 40 year old poet. The Romance: Zero spark. Zero chemistry. About as convincing as the romance between Leonardo DiCaprio and whatever barely-legal Victoria's Secret supermodel he's dating now.
Everyone loves Laurel. Out of nowhere, the most popular guy in school asks her out, and not only that, she got the attention of Sky, the loner who never talks to anyone. Hence the throng of girls who are always leaning in and touching his arm. It is insta-love for her, and Sky falls for Laurel remarkably fast , considering Laurel never does or say anything fucking remarkable. But I guess year old boys are easily impressed.
How do you know? The grief over May's death just isn't there. Sure, Laurel is supposed to be really, really sad about May, considering she died, but I never felt her sadness. It is a matter of telling, not showing.
You could argue that Laurel is suppressing her grief really well, but why the fuck would I want to read a book about that? It's the equivalent of reading a romance novel where the main character absolutely refuses to fall in love against all reason.
I know those books exist.
I don't like them! Some truly bad things happen to Laurel in this book, and guess what? I don't care. I want to care. I'm not a callous person, but you have to make me FEEL something for the character. I could not relate to her.
I could not sympathize with her. I did not like her. I can't bring myself to hurt for her when she is damaged. Not recommended. View all 94 comments. Jan 05, Wendy Darling rated it it was amazing Shelves: Almost a full year later, I read the last half of it with a lump in my throat and tears dripping down my face. This is a profoundly moving meditation on grief, written with rare sensitivity and the kind of prose that nearly stops your heart with moments of quiet, anguished beauty.
Review on the blog: Strongly recommended for fans of If I Stay. View all 11 comments. Nov 03, Ash Wednesday rated it really liked it Shelves: Reading this book felt a lot like 3.
Reading this book felt a lot like having your emotions painfully scooped out of you, put back reconfigured at the end: The book has no chapters. Instead it kicks off with Laurel writing a letter to Kurt Cobain for an English assignment where they are to write letters to the dead. And it really delivered on that promise. Some of the details in the story made me think of Saving June on quaaludes. I liked certain aspects of the ebb and flow of her relationship with Sky, there was discovery, there was learning, there was understanding… but the reactions, the drama was too age-appropriate for me i.
You remind me of the feeling of wanting to make something. I loved how Aunt Amy was written. She sent him cookies and cards, and New Mexico chili, and messages, especially the messages where she would do the voices of Mister Ed and of the Jamaican bobsledders and she would be herself. I love the way Dellaira writes, the story had the rhythm of psychedelic poetry in it. It's easy to romanticize the lifestyles these personalities led when they lived and much too predictable draw evocative prose on the topic of death.
I like that this was as much as about growing up as staying true to yourself; a pocketguide on how not to sellout to the world, neither burning out nor fading away. But I had a difficult time getting immersed in the letter to someone delivery, which sucks because that was exactly what drew me in the story in the first place.
It was a little strange to read Laurel write to Kurt Cobain about his own divorced parents, then making the rough connection with her own life, then relate a childhood memory with May, then tell him what happened today in school.
But narrative wise, it felt a bit taxing to keep the connection. I even had a hard time remembering who Laurel is writing to until she mentions it midway through asking if the dead remembers this or that when she was alive.
The moments this book worked best for me was when I forget that Laurel is writing a letter to these people. So in more ways than one, this worked for me but not in the ways that I expected it to be. Also on Booklikes. View all 17 comments. Una historia con la que he conectado por pasajes, con personajes secundarios que realmente no aportan nada y en general, una trama que da tumbos. Los personajes son meros peones, pero sin rumbo fijo: En cuanto al tono de la novela Que ha sido un tema que me ha sorprendido, pero creo que era un tema demasiado importante como para dejarlo pasar a la primera de cambio.
View all 7 comments. Dec 27, Evie rated it it was amazing. An incredible, moving and very important story with a beating heart and bright soul. It's one of those books that everyone ought to read, own, and share with all their friends.
Es original dentro de la literatura juvenil, le da otro aire diferente a la historia y la convierte en algo nuevo. Me ha faltado algo y por eso mismo me ha decepcionado un poco. Find all of my reviews at: The letters, the what happened to the dead sister, the grieving process, the finding herself plotlines were all great. But then. Why the hell did everything but the kitchen sink need to be thrown in before this was over???? When an author is trying to manipulate them out of me.
As the book states. O mundo em que sempre se conhecera, desaparecera! Era agora uma estranha numa terra estranha! Passar a vestir as roupas de May seria um contributo, talvez?! E escrever Iria socorrer-se da escrita para reviver, analisar e compreender Mal conseguimos lembrar-nos de como se faz. View all 15 comments. Jul 16, Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it liked it. Its invisible strings had this unrelenting tug at my eyes and my heart that made me give in and grab the book. She shares her grief over her sister with no one except Amy Winehouse.
When for the first time after so long, she met good and genuine friends, she writes it to Amelia Earhart. Reading her letters was both painful and depressing because they revealed how much she had already suffered at a very young age. There was also this nagging detail that Laurel is suicidal and the darker revelations about what she went through made me want to bang my head against the wall.
But because the letters are highly significant in the story, they are also the device that will determine its conclusion. Will those letters save Laurel or not? Will the story end in an inspiring note or an irreparable crack in the heart? Care to find out? View all 24 comments. Aug 20, Rashika is tired rated it really liked it Shelves: This book may cause you to spend a whole day feeling down. It brought out a lot of mixed feelings in me.
This is filled with teenage angst and teenage angst can sometimes induce nightmares about how much high school sucked or well I still have 3 more months of that nightmare left but in spite of everything this book turned out to be so beautiful.
It tells a tale of loss and how to deal with it. It deals with how we sometimes build people up to be these perfect untouchable things in our minds and don't want to believe that they aren't that perfect because they become our rocks.
At the start of this novel, Laurel is drowning in grief and guilt. She believes that her sister died because of her. Laurel is such a heart breaking character. She has an innocence to her which makes you want to wrap your arms around her and never let go. She is such a complex character and you really feel for her.
She comes from a broken family. From Hannah to Natalie to Kristen to Tristan to Sky you cannot help but fall in love with each of them. There is so much depth to all of these characters and all of them break your heart in some capacity. Our lives matter. My heart broke for them.
She made their stories come to life and it really just broke my heart all over again. She does it so beautifully too. The romance was well developed. Sky is a sweet love interest. He pulls some jerk moves but his reasons are so realistic that you cannot help but forgive him. There were some things Laurel needed to realize on her own and until she did so, there relationship could not have worked. Some of them took their own lives, some of them died of drug overdose and some of them just never made it back.
While writing to these various people, she grows and she learns that not everything is perfect. She can be broken and really all she needs is to be herself.
With all that said one of the biggest draw backs of this story for me as a reader was the fact that the character was in 9th grade. She is very innocent but then she is thrust into very mature situations and I am not sure what to make of that. For example, Saving June dealt with something similar and because of the age of the main character the book was a lot easier to swallow.
Having said that, this book really was touching. This book really is powerful and I am definitely going to be on the look-out for other works by the author.
Note that all quotes have been taken from an uncorrected proof and may be subject to change. View all 14 comments. Apr 16, Lucy Langford rated it liked it. It begins as an assignment in English class where Laurel, our mc, writes letters to dead people, from the likes of Judy Garland, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. We are told from the beginning that Laurels elder sister May died young.
While we are not told the circumstances of the death straightaway, we are told snippets of the events leading up to her death, how her death happe "You can be noble and brave and beautiful and still find yourself falling. While we are not told the circumstances of the death straightaway, we are told snippets of the events leading up to her death, how her death happened and the circumstances surrounding it.
This is a story on grief and loss from one girls perspective. It tells the story of how May, the sister who died, is seen as perfect in Laurels mind and memories of them together, it goes through the emotions of grief, and also looks at family, friendship and first love.
The book focuses on Laurels navigation through the feelings of grief and how she deals with school life and home life. Sometimes it is hard to picture what one persons grief can look and feel like, but this book does an amazing job at describing it and had me tearful by the end of it!
I simply loved this book and enjoyed the bits of poetry speckled through out! View all 4 comments. Sep 22, Anj seaweed books rated it it was ok. I had expected a beautiful story when I went into this book. What I got was an annoying protagonist, one- dimensional characters and a history of celebs who died at a very young age. If I had written this review right after I had completed the book, I'm sure that half of it would have been in caps. I was that annoyed. The beginning was quite slow and I had to plough through those pages.
I was expecting the book to get better, but then, how wrong was I? I was completely wrong. Thin Underwhelming. Things took a turn for the worse and each page seemed to drag on forever. Let me tell you this: Laurel, our protagonist is very one-dimensional. She didn't really convince me at all. And what's with her obsession with this "mystery" dude Sky? At first it was all about her observing him from a distance and him, staring at her.
Fast forward to fifty pages, they've already developed a romance. Love at first sight never works. Most of the times. Agreed that her sister died, yet, she seems to put the blame on herself for something she had NOT done.
Speaking of which, I was pulling out all my hair off my head because the story behind her sister's death is revealed much later in the book. So, what did Anj do? She googled it up and read spoilers! I felt that the story could have been revealed much earlier in the book because the delay just made me impatient and irritated. That is not suspenseful. I ain't giving you the spoilers. Go and look it up. I'm not going to waste my hard work lol There was no depth to the characters.
Sky behaves like a jerk for a minute and then he goes all lovey-dovey. Laurel's words don't have the depth they should have in them. She doesn't believe in embracing her personality, but rather wants to embrace what her dead sister's personality was. One moment, she uses shiny metaphors, beautiful writing filled with emotions and the next moment, she's writing the biography of a dead celeb filled with cringe-worthy life lessons.
Save us the biography. I'm sure that we've all got access to Wikipedia. There were two positive things about this book though. And I highly appreciate that the author decided to put those issues into this book so that the readers become aware of it. They were the only rays of sunshine in this book. Amidst all those things I said about this book, there are only two positives. The book ended on a hopeful note, which prevented me from giving this book an even lower rating.
One final thing I've got to say: This trick eventually scares the bully off, but mind you, the road was a busy one. Had she not moved at the right second, she would've turned intotomato ketchup under the wheels of a car. Don't put your lives at risk. I warned you. That is all I have to say about this book. I'm glad that I didn't download it. This book is a hard one for me to decide how to rate. There were parts of it I really liked and there were parts of it when I thought my eyes would glaze over and never recover.
Laurel is given an assignment to write to a dead person.
She begins to do so and never turns in the assignment. Once she starts she keeps going with it and changes to several past celebrities and historical figures. She has moved to a new school to help cope with her sister Mae's death. Hoping that a new school will shie This book is a hard one for me to decide how to rate. Hoping that a new school will shield her from any one that knew her sister.
The teenage angst in this book is way over the top for me. I felt old just reading it. I love YA books and have read some great ones but this one fell so very short for me. I did like some of the letters. There is a side story of Laurel's two friends finding love with each other that I would have loved to had more of. All in all the best I can give this book is a 2 star.
View all 8 comments. Apr 03, Raeleen Lemay rated it it was ok Shelves: I have no idea how to explain how I feel about this book Like it was good But I hated it? My emotions are confused. Video review to come possibly. May 03, Maureen rated it liked it. I ended up enjoying this book and the characters a lot, but it was SO similar to Perks that it annoyed me. I love the idea of writing letters to someone who is dead, and I love how the author included facts and things about the famous person's life.
The characters were lovely and the writing was beautiful. Getting over loss is never easy, and I really liked how the author approached it. The romance aspect felt a little forced to me. There wasn't much build up or substance or The letter writing story telling was different enough from perks that it could have stood on its own, but since so much was the same it feels extremely repetitive.
View 2 comments. Jul 03, Laz rated it really liked it Recommends it for: You might think it is, because you might want someone else to save you, or you might want to save someone so badly. But no one else can save you, not really. Not from yourself. And you hope someone will wake you up. Or chase it off. Or shoot it dead. But when you realize that the wolf is inside you, that's when you know.
You can't run from it. And no one who loves you can kill the wolf, because it's part of you. They see your face on it. And they won't fire the shot. I loved how deep and simple it was, it approached the problems teenagers can sometimes face in a really touching and beautiful way. It's what leads many teenagers to committing suicide. If you have a friend like that, please, don't ignore them, don't let them push you away, be there for them, care for them, stand by them and help them not slay the beast that's hiding inside them but simply let them know that they are not alone, that they have someone to fight and win for and there are people who love them.
This book was a great example of it. There were all kinds of problems to a bunch of children, I mean, sure, the heroine was one and her problem was pretty tragic but there were all of these stories woven into them. Kids with sexuality problems, kids who had to come apart because of how things change, kids with no worthy parents. It targets lots of problems in a very wide spectrum and that was awesome to read and experience through the eyes of a teenage girl.
Don't be naive enough to think that you're not worthy, that you're not loved or that you won't be accepted. In the end, just be yourself and don't give a fuck about what anyone else feels.
I'm tired of doing everything in order to be liked or acceptable, I just want to be and if you're not in for it, I'm sorry there's nothing I can do for you to like me. If you fake it then don't expect anyone to love you for who you are. They'll just love the facade that you created. Thanks for reading! This book tore my heart into pieces and left me a total mess.
It was both absolutely beautiful and devastating at the same time. I wasn't expecting the whole book to be in the form of letters but when I saw it was, I was thrilled. I loved the idea of it and it totally sucked me in. I related to the main character Laurel in many ways and I think that's a big part of why I loved this book so much. I went through a very difficult period right around the same age as she is during the story and so I This book tore my heart into pieces and left me a total mess.
I went through a very difficult period right around the same age as she is during the story and so I really connected with her that way.
As I was reading this it brought up a lot of emotions and seeing Laurel deal with her own emotions almost brought me a sense of peace. And then it ended it such a perfect, beautiful way that it brought me to tears. Oct 08, emily rated it liked it.
Nothing is worse that when someone who is supposed to love you just leaves. Only the rungs felt a little rusty and unstable at times. At first, I thought it was more along the lines of, what I call, a 2 star book, but slowly, and steadily, I watched my opinion of this book rise.
I definitely considered giving it a 4 star rating, but whilst, there were parts where I stopped for a second and thought 'wow', unfortunately I had to chip it d Nothing is worse that when someone who is supposed to love you just leaves. I definitely considered giving it a 4 star rating, but whilst, there were parts where I stopped for a second and thought 'wow', unfortunately I had to chip it down a notch to the just-slightly-above-average rating, 3.
The thing about this debut of a novel, is that it felt very, very warm and somehow gentle, like a hug you get from someone you've missed. Ironically it felt down to earth It was, what is very important in books like this, honest. The story felt delicate, and innocent, like it was going to crack in my hands.
But, it also felt, like a story of strength, acceptance and humanity. It was, in a nutshell, a good book, and a stunning debut.
I believe debut novels should be taken with a grain of salt , because, although they do hint at whether this author has potential to deliver the kind of books you're looking for, it's a little bit like a try-out. It doesn't always work out the way you want it to, but then again, sometimes it really can be the gateway to achieving what you want.
I think Ava Dellaira has huge potential , and I will certainly be giving her other books a read in the future. There's something about letters that make them special to me. Whether it is because they feel so personal or because they simply have a 'different' vibe to them - I think the concept of writing letters to dead people was a fantastic idea.
I had to look up a few of the celebrities the letters were addressed to, and also learned a lot about them through the pages of this book, for which I am really grateful. I learned about people who left a permanent mark on this world, something that will outlive them, and stay in the hearts of many others.
But, we didn't only see them through a filtered light of perfection. Throughout the letters, we learn about some of their flaws - and that's just what makes this book even more special. We're all human, in the end. I have yet to read that novel, therefore I'm unable to say whether or not her writing style is simple to his, but I can say, that it was very interesting and different from what is usually offered in young adult books.
If you like exploring different writing styles, I think you'd be intrigued by Ava Dellaira's - it was a refreshing change. Laurel is the protagonist, and for some reason, I really did like her character.
Perhaps, it was for her innocence, and how it was involuntarily snatched away from her, or maybe, because I could see a little bit of myself in her at the beginning of the novel.