Book Review

Book Review: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira


You think you know someone, but that person always changes, and you keep changing, too. I understood it suddenly, how that’s what being alive means. Our own invisible plates shifting inside of our bodies, beginning to align into the people we are going to become.

Love Letters to the Dead is the debut novel of American author Ava Dellaira published in 2014. A young adult novel that circles around the life of Laurel, a teen-aged girl who have recently lost her sister to an accident. Set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the book was written through the various letters Laurel has written to famous dead people.

Laurel is a fifteen-year-old girl bound to start her new life at a new high school in her town. Her English teacher asked their class to write a letter to a dead person and that is basically how this novel started out. Through these written letters, the story of how Laurel’s sister died and how she’s finding it difficult to deal with this loss was unraveled. The book was generally about a girl’s emotions towards losing someone important in her life and how she continue to live it after the loss.

I liked how Laurel’s character was introduced and how from every chapter, her life and personality have materialized from her written letters to the dead. Much to my disappointment, I did not enjoy this book in general . I’ve always loved reading YA novels but this one did not quite hit the spot for me. It was like reading the journal of 15-year-old emotional girl and I felt that there is nothing exciting about her story.

I’d rate this 1 out of 5 stars for the lack of depth in the story and character involvement. It was like Laurel (and her dead sister) were the only focal point/s in the story and the tone was always bleak and sad. The author could have written more events that could have shown strength in the characters and the message of the book.


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