“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating!
My pick this week is…
Title: Love Letters to the Dead
Author: Ava Dellaira
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: April 1, 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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 the dead. People like Janis Joplin, Judy Garland, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse—though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating the choppy waters of new friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time, and most importantly, trying to grieve for May. But how do you mourn someone when you haven’t forgiven them? And how do you find your true identity when so much of who you were died with the person you loved? It’s not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself can she finally 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 truly begin to discover her own path.
When I was younger I always used to write letters to people in my diary when I had some anger to get rid of, it helped to write everything down then I used to burn it. I know it’s not the same but writing letters is fun and I’m sure this will be too.