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Publisher's Summary

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. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to the dead - to people like Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse - though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating the choppy waters of new friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time, and, most important, trying to grieve for May. But how do you mourn for someone you haven’t forgiven?
It’s not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself that she can finally 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 truly start to discover her own path.
In a voice that’s as lyrical and as true as a favorite song, Ava Dellaira writes about one girl’s journey through life’s challenges with a haunting and often heartbreaking beauty.
©2014 Ava Dellaira. Published by arrangement with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. All rights reserved. “One Art” and excerpt from “The Armadillo” from The Complete Poems 1927– 1979 by Elizabeth Bishop. © 1979, 1983 by Alice Helen Methfessel. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Gillian on 05-11-17

Shining Depths; Unfortunate Shallows...

The Publisher's Summary pretty much covers what the entire book is about. Laurel chooses those who died utterly tragic deaths, summing up how she feels about her sister, May's, death.
When Dellaira writes of Laurel's communion with the dead, the book really shines. It reads like the most tragic poetry there is. When she flows into the day to day life of Laurel, things falter a bit. It's the same thing that most YA is about: friendship, fitting in, first love, the angst of knowing you're different, knowing you may love people that society frowns upon. There's a remarkable lack of depth in the day-to-day.
Julia Whelan really knocks it out of the park, though--as she ALWAYS does. It's a decent enough listen, rather engaging. Just don't expect knock your socks off prose/story... until you hit the bits of poetry within.
The only thing worse than a waste of money is a waste of time.
"Love Letters to the Dead" is worth the time, but honestly? Not worth the whole credit. Daily Deal or Credit Bundle...

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amber Rae on 09-10-16

Good, Sulky Listen

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I liked the sulky, angsty feel of this book. It pulled me in and matched my mood when I wanted to listen to something deeper and more serious. I love how Laurel's search of herself via writing through the diary really allowed her to work things out with herself towards the end of the listen.

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