23 January, 2015

Book Club Friday: Ava Dellaria's Love Letters to the Dead

"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 did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more -- though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to 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 begin to discover her own path in this stunning debut from Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead." [ Source: us.macmillian.com ]

In a nutshell:
The main character is a young girl and she has an assignment in one of her classes.

She writes letters to dead people that she doesn't personally know: Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, etc.

Different events in the life of the main character as she continues to write these letters.


Ava Dellaria's Love Letters to the Dead is a story about grief and loss. It is not for everyone. It would have been promising, but it was way too heavy for me. I did not like the load of emotional stuff right there. It may work if you're someone who's going through something but it's not for a normal reading day. I'm the type of reader who takes a while to recover from a book that I read. If it's a thriller, it's normal for me to get nightmares. And then here, this book was both tragic and depressing that it made me glum for a few days. The first few letters were okay, but as the story progressed, there was just so much sadness. It was too emo for me. I do give her props though for the epistolary style — she was successful in keeping her readers ( at least me ) interested ( at first ) and engaged in most parts.

I'm giving Love Letters to the Dead - ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆



Did you read anything interesting lately? I invite you to share these new reads with the rest of the girls at Book Club Friday. All you have to do is head over to Heather's blog at www.blondeundercoverblonde.com or Katie's at The Nerdy Katie.

My last Book Club Friday post was Colleen Hoover's Ugly Love.
☮..Peace + ❥_Love + Good Vibes.__RUSS.

60 comments:

Nicole Williams said...

I haven't had much time to do any casual reading but will be getting back in the swing of things.

Ashley said...

That's too bad- I saw this title and was thinking of adding it to my reading list. Thanks for sharing!

Mama to 5 said...

sounds like an interesting read. I wish I had more time to read, I need to find it because I find reading relaxing.

Lisa @bitesforbabies.com said...

This looks like such a great book...I've never heard of this book but I am looking forward to reading it!

Cara of Stylish+Geek Blog said...

Although this is not the typical book genre I read, I really appreciate your post! Thanks for sharing :)

Cara W said...

Although this is not the typical book genre I read, I really appreciate your post! Thanks for sharing :)

Marie Moody said...

yes it does sound like it would be to heartbreaking followed by tears & sobs. Many people have lost loved ones that are close. Parents, siblings, loved ones, friends etc. This day and age no this would be the furthest thing I would write about, but as you said maybe she just took it to far. The first few could have been tolerable, but when you take it to the max.... you just have to watch your borders some times.

Echo A said...

It sounds like a very interesting premise for a book, but I am not quite sure if it is something I would read. Thank you for sharing though!

Nina Say said...

This looks like an awesome book. I'm always looking for new ones to add to my shelf.

Kim Smith said...

That sounds like a very depressing book to read, but I guess it could be seen as therapeutic to write to someone who is deceased and spill out all of your own angst.

Eileen Chow said...

Sounds like a touching book. It's tough to deal with grief and loss, sometimes a book allows us to see it from a different point of view.

Shoshanah said...

I've been loving the cover of this one for a while, but haven't heard too much about it. I'm sorry to hear that it didn't live up to your expectations though. Hopefully the next book you pick up is a better fit!

Fiona said...

I love the title of this book. There's something so whimsical and sadly romantic about it.

Carly said...

I'm working on a must read list......this sounds interesting, but a little intense for my taste!

Notorious Spinks said...

I love reading. I finally got back in the groove of reading and this sounds like an awesome read. I just finished Forty Acres.

Debi said...

I can imagine that books like these are touching and helpful to many people. Like you said, though, they are not for everyone.

Rebecca Swenor said...

I have not had time lately to read anything but The Letter To The Died sounds interesting. I will be adding it to my list of reads. Thanks for sharing.

Penny said...

Thanks for the review. Sounds like a book I'll be passing on. With limited time to read, I usually only start books that people with similar taste in books as me really love.

Michelle Garrett said...

The synopsis of the book makes it sound very promising. I am going to add this to my reading list and try it out for myself one day. Thanks for the share and your honest thoughts on it’s progression.

Blessing said...

I haven't had time to read any book of late and I even doubt if I will be able to read quite an emotional one.
Thanks for sharing your views.

Sef Tiburcio said...

I am actually to this kind of novels right now. Will definitely check the book shop and buy this book!

Franc said...

That must heart breaking reading those letters. There was a time I did a letter to my dad who passed away when I was still in High School and every time I go over the what ifs, I always end up appreciating that he did prepare us for our life in the time he was with us.

Daf Benosa said...

I'm curious to know the content of the letters she wrote for The 27 Club. Will probably read it after this. Thanks for the recommendation! :)

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen said...

It looks like an interestng read and one that is full of emotions.

Janice Lim said...

Haven't read this. But it looks interesting. I can imagine how depressing it can be. Nice that you do book reviews. I do too but haven't done so for several months already. Have to get back to it soon!

Amanda Love said...

As someone who has dealt with quite a bit of death in her life I think I'd steer clear of this book as well. I don't handle grief and loss well so prefer to read more uplifting books.

June Warren Bordas said...

Looks like a very interesting book to read. I will include this to the list in my bookshelf.

Jason P. said...

Too bad it turned out to be a let-down! The original concept for the story was so promising! :O

Elizabeth O. said...

I would definitely be crying a lot if I read the book. I love the cover.

Gil Camporazo said...

This sounds different, unique as what the title says. It seems weird. How I wish I could read the book in its entirety if I get one.

Fernando Lachica said...

Oh...love to read sorrowful, sad fiction story and also, like to read struggles and revenge. I can write in some genres that interestsmy inner soul.

Sin Yee said...

Haven't reading any book since a year ago. You remind me to put down my work and enjoy timw with book....

Ling said...

Ah thanks fir sharing re the book you are reading. I am currently making my way through the percy Jackson series - blame my boys for introducing the Modern Greek Gods and their half-blood offsprings dramas to me!

Tiffany Yong W.T. said...

With a pretty positive review but pretty low number of stars! 2/5 stars? Hmmm... I think this will be interesting if the readers know the characters she was writing to!

Sim @ SimsLife.co.uk said...

Not a book I have heard of but I expect it is quite a hard read, filled with emotions but still quite interesting.

Debarpan said...

I do love the read such stories,but am often won't be able to find time for that.Anyway nice share,thank you.

Anne V said...

I only read cook books with pictures or manga and comics at the most and never the ones that have grief and loss as a main feel. It looks interesting though, but sad. I focus on the living not the dead. :)

papaleng said...

Seems a good one to read but not my type. I prefer the romantic ones.

Nicol said...

i can imagine myself crying so much if i read this. and be emotional too. not sure if i would read it cos of this

Mia Foo said...

wow, sounds like a really depressing read! i read to destress and/or to learn knew knowledge, so i don't think this will be a good choice for me, especially on the destressing aspect....

Fred Hawson said...

I am not sure I want to read this, but I admit the title sounds interesting. I cannot bear to read about loss and depression for an entire book.

lee rosales said...

The book title itself shouts that it is a book sadness and grief. I will definitely cry if im gonna read this. I like novel books about romance and investigation/killing

Pooja Kawatra said...

such a beautiful book it looks and surely going to make me cry with it. I have not been reading much books for sometime but really love reading them at bedtime.

Kylie wenn said...

Looks like a nice book with great content.. Wonder if I can find this book and read it up!

Sunshine Kelly said...

I think i give it a miss. Not able to read depressed stories at the moment, though her character look interesting to me.

Louise Banta said...

I've seen this book in the bookstore the other week and it really caught my interest. I didn't have enough cash that day so I had to put it back. I'm glad to have crossed this review of yours. I don't think I'd want this book (for now). I'm already going through something depressing and I wouldn't want to add this up. Hehe.

Sumi Go said...

This seems like a promising book. But sadly, I'm at a vulnerable time in my life now, so I might pass for now. Will try and pick this up hopefully in the near future. :)

Louise Banta said...

This looks like a really good book to read however, if you mentioned it's overly too dramatic, I think I'd give this a go when I don't have much emotional baggage. Hehe. Baka malunod ako sa kalungkutan.

Eugenia said...

Thanks for your review, I am currently re-reading Brave new world by Aldous Huxley. Sometimes it makes me sad, because it reflects our reality, "...reality, however utopian, is something from which people feel the need of taking pretty frequent holidays....”

Michelle Mink said...

the title does make it sound promising but after hearing how sad it is i don't think i'll read it. my favorite reads currently are The fault in our stars and the perks of being a wallflower

ConciergeLibrarian said...

I will pass on this one....this is way too much sadness for me

Michelle Gwynn Jones said...

Doesn't sound like something I would be interested in, but I do wish the author the best of luck, writing is such hard work.

OurFamilyWorld said...

I will pass on this book. Not that I don't like heavy stories, but because I would be crying a lot, for sure.

Elizabeth O. said...

Sounds like a good book for people who need a little more support in order to move on from a lost loved one. Thanks for sharing, that's a beautiful story and I wouldn't mind reading it in the future.

Nicole Escat said...

I really love reading the stories. and it looks interesting and it intense

Daileo Paleo said...

Thanks for the review! We are reading "The Price of Salt" by Patricia Highsmith right now. Just started it, but so far so great. :)

krystle cook said...

Sounds like a sad book. I haven't read anything lately but blogs. I need to start again though because it relaxes me.

Terri Beavers said...

This sounds like a book I might be interested in. I've not read anything remarkable that stands out, at least recently.

Amber Knox said...

It looks interesting to me. But I tend to like tragically sad books.

CourtneyLynne said...

Ooooo this sounds like a fantastic read! I will definitely be checking this out!