“I have found that sometimes, moments get stuck in your body. They are there, lodged under your skin like hard seed-stones of wonder or sadness or fear, everything else growing up around them. And if you turn a certain way, if you fall, one of them could get free. It might dissolve in your blood, or it might spring up a whole tree. Sometimes, once one of them gets out, they all start to go.”
Laurel has been given an assignment for English class – to write a letter to a dead person. Laurel starts with Kurt Cobain because her sister May loved him. Both died young. Eventually, Laurel’s assignment evolves into a whole notebook full of letters to dead people, writing about her life and the truth about what happened to her sister, and her involvement.
This was truly a fantastic read. There were many ways that this could have gone completely wrong, but it was written perfectly. I don’t see how Love Letters to the Dead could have been written any other way. The writing was very poetic at times, and it made for a very lovely read. The story itself was a very heartbreaking one and I did shed a few tears. I found Laurel naive at times, but still a great character. She wasn’t that likeable at first, but when you find out her story and what happened to her, you start to understand her more and I did start to go grow to care about her. I did not really like May. I don’t see how any sister could have left her when she did, but I guess she didn’t really know any better.
I loved Laurel’s relationship to those people around her. It all felt very real and relatable. I wasn’t much of a fan of the romance, and I was very happy that it wasn’t at the forefront of the story.
Overall, a really great read that I thoroughly enjoyed and would definitely recommend.
MY RATING: ★★★★★