Letters to the Dead

I found this book at school, where we have a staff reading corner and just by the title thought I would give it a go. Well I wasn’t disappointed at all ! It hooked me from the word go and I practically read it all in one day, so much for holiday reading hey !

Basically it is about a young girl called Laurel who has an English assignment write a letter to somebody who is dead.Laurel because of her big sister dying picks Kurt Cobain who also died young. Then it snowballs from there. It’s sad, but also happy and shows what happens to those left behind to grieve.

It’s an young adult novel, but that doesn’t show, to me it’s a good story and that it captured my imagination when I saw it was about writing letters, that made me want to read it in the first place. And that Laurel is desperate for an answer, any kind of answer to her pleads and guilt over her sister May’s death. It was well written and never shied away from the truth however painful it might be.

I feel Ava Dellaira the author wrote a book that stays with you even after you finish reading the last page, it is such a powerful story. It also makes me want to sit down and write a few letters myself to those I have lost personally or have admired from afar.

Loss has no boundaries and doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, everybody will lose someone in their lives. I guess it is what you do with that loss that truly matters.

Kitty-Kat xox

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