Love Letters to the Dead

  • by Ava Dellaira
  • Narrated by Julia Whelan
  • 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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- Amber Rae "I'm a clinical psychology doctorate student. I love to read a good romance or ya novel to escape from the everyday stresses of life."

Full of great one line insights

The concept excellent and interesting.
The execution a slightly lacking. I don't know of many high school students who can grasp the nuances of such complex thoughts.
Need to buy the book so I can highlight and underline great thoughts.
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- SmallShoe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio