Love Letters to the Dead, by Ava Dellaira

March 5, 2019

Review by Georgina Chadwick

The fictional novel Love Letters to the Dead, by Ava Dellaira, is about a girl named Laurel who switches schools after her sister passed away. She gets an assignment in English class to write a letter to someone who is dead but she ends up writing many of these letters throughout the school year, whether they are to famous musicians, actors, explorers and more. Laurel writes about making friends, her family life, school, and many struggles and things she learns or has learned and overcome in her lifetime, such as her sisters death and so much more.

The style of this book is very interesting as each chapter is a different letter Laurel wrote, making the chapters shorter, and the book never boring as it will switch from one day to the next quite quickly. Although the Greene library does not have this book (yet!), it is very easy to find at a different library, in some teacher's classroom libraries, or online. I recommend this book to eighth grade students or older (as the book does include many sensitive and intense topics) who like realistic fiction.

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