Thursday, July 3, 2014
Book Review: "Love Letters to the Dead" by Ava Dellaira
I really wasn't sure what to expect here - I had no idea of the underlying issues that were beneath the surface, and I'm kind of glad for that. But this is an interesting way to get to know a character - through the letters she writes to other people. Her voice and tone changes significantly as you move through the story and I liked seeing her evolve in that way. I mean, she is pretty unbalanced through much of the book (and with good reason... though holy hysterical dramatics Batman) but this is a story of her trying to figure herself out. I was worried about some teen readers not really knowing some of the intended recipients of these letters.... and lets face it, they are some pretty unusual choices of dead people. She did try to make the connection within the letter to her own story so that it would make sense, but it was kind of a sidestep from the story and it made it a little awkward. It took me at least the first 50 or 75 pages or so to really feel the character and, quite frankly, get over the boy's name because I hated it so much. Such a superficial thing, but it really distracted me. All said, this really wasn't all that I'd hoped it would be - especially since it was so nicely blurbed on the covers by Steven Chbosky and other authors I like.
Love Letters to the Dead
by Ava Dellaira
Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2014