Review: Love Letters To The Dead

Apr •  18 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Love Letters To The DeadLove Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) on April 1st 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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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 did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to 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 begin to discover her own path.

I finally picked up the book that everyone is raving about. And yes, it is good.

Plot: This story is told through letters written to dead people. I love the way these letters reveal a small part Laurel life’s. She writes to each person differently, capturing the reader with great imagination. The way she wrote her feelings, the way she questions actions, helps the reader become more in-tune with Laurel.

Friendship/Loss: Laurel goes through a lot. With each letter Laurel becomes better and learns to deal. Each letter is significant to the person she is writing to. For me, it felt like Laurel’s connection to each dead person makes it real. Towards the end, I adored Laurel and the way she dealt with grief.

Ending: I think this story deals with grief that any teen can connect to. It has music and it has soul. It touches the reader right in the heart.

Love Letters To The Dead is an effective tale of grief and lost. The elegant use of letters, steals the reader away. Love Letters To The Dead is awesome.

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Jenny
    Apr 18, 2014

    I’m really curious about this one Savy! I’ve heard it’s really dark, but I love the format with the letters and how each one gives us a bit more insight into Laurel. Glad you loved it!

  2. Giselle
    Apr 19, 2014

    I love how this is written with a letter format I always enjoy those kinds of reads. I’m excited to give this one a try I’ve seen a lot of good things! Glad you liked it! 🙂

  3. Lisa (Fic Talk)
    Apr 22, 2014

    Great review, Savannah!

    I’m glad that you enjoyed it so much but I just don’t think that I’m quite ready for the level of grief that this book deals with at this point in time. I wish I was since so many people have read it and loved it. I will get to it at some point though.

  4. Everyone has been raving about this book but I never thought it was something up my alley so to speak. Sounds like I need to give it a shot though!