I had only one reason to pick this book to read: the title. Okay also, the cover of the book. (Yeah yeah, one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I really don’t, and this book was just an exception.) If you’ve studied in an Indian school with the CBSE curriculum, you definitely know the many times you had to attempt to write a letter, again and again, throughout the years. They were all fictional of course, but writing to a deceased person? That’s a whole another level of… erm… a very different thing to do.
“Love Letters to the Dead” is the debut novel of a young adult literature author, Ava Dellaira. As far as synopsis goes: “It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person.“ Laurel is a high school student and as what a normal high school student would get, she gets a letter-writing assignment. Instead, she turns it to a catharsis project; she ends up writing to people like Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Amelia Earhart, Amy Winehouse, about things that happen to her through her entire school year and through this process, she comes to term with her sister May’s death.
This book really runs along the lines of ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’; almost similar themes and environment. I’m not surprised with the similarities, she practically worked under Stephen Chbosky so there’s bound to be some influences.
As how a YA novel is supposed to be, it sticks to the genre more or less. The language is fairly simple; easy words and phrases, but what got to me is how beautifully they are written. They aren’t just thrown on a paper. They had meaning, they had a connection, like a good song.
I won’t deny the story depressed me, it did. You do start feeling like Laurel (the main character), what she goes through, what becomes of her, but then you realize you’re freaking 23 years old and not a teenage kid, and very quickly you just snap out of it! *laughs*
I’ve read the book has been optioned for a movie; well good on you, Ava! Though I really don’t see how they will pull it off; maybe they will, who knows.
If you need more motivation to touch that book, despite that title (and the cover, c’mon it’s pretty!), here have a Buzzfeed article; http://www.buzzfeed.com/krystieyandoli/quotes-that-will-inspire-you-to-read-love-letters-to-the#2i7h65m