Love Letters to The Dead is probably one of the greatest books I’ve read this year… I was looking for new books to read and I found this one on Goodreads as a recommandation – thanks Goodreads. I thought that it could be great to share my opinion on this book.
Here’s a small presentation of the book:
Laurel, a young girl who just started high school, receive an assignment from one of her teachers: to write a letter to a deceased person. Something that seemed to be a simple instruction will become a loophole for Laurel who lost her big sister, May, a few months before… Laurel is going to write letters to Kurt Cobain, Heath Ledger, River Phoenix and many others…
Love Letters to The Dead simply took my breath away. I just LOVED it, it was moving, captivating and very well written. Laurel is starting a new chapter in her life: the teenage years and at the same time, she’s trying to deal with her sister’s death, May. She tries to understand the change in her life and writing seems to be her way out, her way to deal with everything such as her parents’ divorce, making new friends and also participating in life. Let’s focus on the important thing being: writing to deceased artists, each letter is poignant and allows us to become attached to the characters. Also, it is important to note that Laurel decides to write to people with whom she identified herself with.
I found a lot of similarities with The Perks of Being a Wallflower but I’ll let you detect them. Through the whole books, we get to learn a lot of cool trivia stuffs about the artists/celebrities and I think it’s cool because you just see them as ordinary people with ordinary problems (and a lot of dreams, too)…
While reading the book, you’re going to laugh, to cry and sometimes, you’ll be frustrated because of some situations but then, at the very end, you’re going to be very sad to close the book and to say goodbye to the characters. Love Letters to The Dead is one of these books that makes you appreciate life and enjoy every single moments of joy. It also a perfect representation of the way you see your siblings and parents, sometime you forget that they’re still people with their own problems and insecurities. This book belongs to the book shelf that I like to call ‘All time favorites’ because it’s the books that I love reading over and over again.
And, it’s over 🙂 I hope that you’ll read it because it’s worth it ! If you’ve read the book, I would like to know your thoughts about it.
Stay rad and awesome,