Love Letters to the Dead warms hearts


The story is about a girl, Laurel, with an English assignment: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel decided to pick Nirvana lead singer, Kurt Cobain because her older sister, May, loved him and like Cobain she also died young. And before Laurel knew it, she had a whole notebook full of letters to the dead – people like Heath Ledger, Janis Joplin, Amelia Earhart and Amy Winehouse – though she never submitted a single letter.

Everything in the letters is about starting high school, starting new friendships with upperclassman, learning to live her life with a broken family, falling in love for the first time and May’s death. But Laurel starts to question how to mourn over someone who she hasn’t forgiven?

It not until Laurel has written the truth about everything that’s happened to herself that she can finally come to closure with what happened to May. Within each letter and thinking about the past, Laurel starts to come to her senses to see the kind of person her sister truly was – lovely, amazing and very and deeply flawed. It’s within this realization where she finds herself and her path as a new highschooler.

“Love Letters to the Dead” is a beautifully written novel by, Ava Dellaria. It’s a story about a girl’s journey through the challenges of life with a deep and often heartbreaking beauty. Each letter reveals more and more about Laurel and how she thinks, how she feels.

Each character is told in a vibrant way that makes it difficult for readers to not personally connect with at least one character. With each letter the reader is given something to truly think about on the topic of life and the challenges it throws at us.

I recommend this novel for high schoolers, especially the kids that need a little push on the right road. Reading this book changed my outlook on life, that not everything is glamorous and that we will face challenges sooner or later. It’s a novel that is perfect gift for the holiday season.


Eleanor and Park Book Review

I created this long list of books to read this summer. One book that’s on that list is titled, Eleanor and Park. Let’s start off by saying that this was an excellent book to start my summer off with.

Eleanor and Park is written by Rainbow Rowell, who also wrote Fangirl (that’s one book on my reading list) and many more.

Eleanor and Park is about two average misfit teenagers falling in love. Eleanor isn’t your average leading female. She has a unique style all on her own, with her crazy red curls and her mismatched clothes. And Park, he’s not your typical leading man. Awkward and nerdy the asian boy either listens to his rock and roll on his walkman or reads comics.

When Eleanor moves in to this new town with her new stepfather, her life changes. Her stepfather isn’t the nicest. Her and her other siblings live in a tiny house and by tiny I mean that all four of them share a bedroom. Their bathroom doesn’t even have a door! But Eleanor manages to get by, barley. Park lives next door to his grandparents and has a normal life with his family.

For the first few chapters, Eleanor and Park don’t really speak to each other. They may exchange a few looks, Park may let her borrow his comics (without saying anything) but they don’t even speak to each other.

Slowly, they fall for each other as the storyline goes on. One thing leads to another and they become an item. However, both of them know that love never lasts especially when you’re their age. But they take the chance anyways.

Eleanor and Park was a beautifully written book. The characters were romantic, vibrant, and felt more real than fictional. Rowell did an outstanding job on this storyline. Truthfully, it was one of the best books I had ever read.
It’s filled with romance, comedy, and even has heartbreaking scenes. I highly recommend this book to anyone. That’s the best part about this book, the book is appropriate for not only young adults, but also adults. So go pick up Eleanor and Park today, you won’t regret reading this book.

Misfit Academy Book Review

Recently I was given the opportunity to have my first book sent to me to review. I couldn’t help but freak out, I was stepping up in the world. I was given the book, Misfit Academy by Lisa R. Petty.

I’ll have to admit, for a high school student normally reading about alternate universes and teen dramas written by John Green, this was a new kind of book for me. It’s the kind of book that teenagers can relate to with their freshman and sophomore years of high school.

Misfit Academy is about male leading man, Scott and his small private school he attends, Concord Academy. This school has twenty-five kids in his class. So basically everyone knows everyone, which can be a good thing and a bad thing. Yet among these twenty-five children, there are still your typical cliques. You have some rude cheerleaders and the class bully, Wolfgang. Oh, and there’s a new girl, Ashley who keeps messing with Scott’s head. Scott can’t focus around her, not one bit he’s clumsy and can’t speak straight.

Throughout the novel, Scott faces several challenges that other teens have face. For example, Scott watches Ashley date Wolfgang. Scott’s parents are also fighting at home and heading towards divorce. Scott is stressed with all of this drama.

To be honest, this book wasn’t a challenge for me to read. Now, I’m not saying the book was bad, what I’m saying is it wasn’t a challenge. It was good, and I believe that middle school students would be really interested in this book. It’s also a good tool for middle school students to get a realistic idea of high school before entering high school themselves.

I know my freshman year it was really intimidating because I was so small and everyone was so much bigger than me. Plus I didn’t know about Hayes, but with a book like Misfit Academy I think this would be useful. I’m not saying that all of the things that Scott goes through other teens will go through, but sometimes similar events can happen and watching Scott go through these events could help others. So I really reccomend this story for any middle schoolers, or freshman in high school.

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