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Estelle: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 1, 2014 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Pages: 323 Format read: Young adult Keywords: siblings, death, depression, celebrity deaths, friendship, romance Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary:  Six months after the death of her beloved older sister, […]

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April 5, 2014 - 6:44 pm

Katy - I’ve seen a lot of buzz for this around twitter and haven’t read any actual reviews but I’m glad I read yours! It sounds sad but good. Laurel and May’s relationship sounds heartbreaking and important to look at. The friendships sound really great, and I like that they have their own stories. It’s difficult for me to open up to people, so I think that part of the story would be interesting and relevant to me. Sky sounds great too! I always think about whether I would want to reread or recommend a book, it sounds like this is such a good one. I definitely want to try to pick it up soon! Such a great review!

April 4, 2014 - 1:13 am

Review: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira - […] stand in the way of what makes you happy and that was really eye-opening for me. (Special nod to Estelle’s review because I almost forgot to include these two girls in my review somehow!) Sky || Relation to […]

March 31, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Ashley May - I’ve been hearing so much buzz about this book recently and now after reading your review I’m even more excited about getting it.

I think I may be a little in love with it already after reading your thoughts.

Ashley

March 30, 2014 - 10:27 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I’m so glad you loved it! I just didn’t connect with it as much as I wanted to and as much as we were inside Laurel’s head, I think I felt frustrated that she wasn’t helping herself and how hard her struggle was for her. She had such a rough time but at the same time, I was having difficultly connecting with her emotions.
I enjoyed the second half much more than the first though. I just had so many mixed feelings on this one! Love your enthusiasm for it, though, and it totally does seem like a “you” book 😀

March 22, 2014 - 1:23 pm

Alexa - I’m glad that you really liked this one. Sometimes sad books are hard to read but sometimes they are favorites of mine. Some of my old favorites from many years ago are books that had some sad elements to them. I feel if you are going to cry during a book or ugly cry while reading the book then it will stand out to you forever.

Thanks for the great review!

March 21, 2014 - 3:51 pm

alice-jane - I love how detailed your review of Love Letters to the Dead is! It’s really informative and I could really get a feel for whether or not I’d like the book. I think it’s a book that I could really connect to, the struggles of knowing people who don’t really open up and how relationships can progress from that. I’m happy that the romantic interest as well as the supporting characters seem to have filled up the book, adding to it, instead of just being there.

March 20, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Alexa S. - Honestly, I’m seriously in love with your review of Love Letters to the Dead. It’s so beautifully written and coherent and awesome! But yes, I agree. I really liked the way that Laurel’s story was told, and think it’s worth a read.

March 20, 2014 - 9:58 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been hearing very good things about Love Letters to the Dead. I’m very interested in it, but I am also a bit hesitant because, as you mentioned, it seems so sad. I don’t mind sad books, but, to be honest, I rarely read them. I might actually read this via audiobook.

This was a great review, Estelle. 🙂

March 20, 2014 - 9:55 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Oh I’m glad this one is good! I’ve been wanting to read it for a while now, mostly because she writes a letter to Kurt Corbain, who is someone I remember from my young adulthood. But the story sounds so beautiful too! And loved that you compared it to Perks of Being a Wallflower; that sold me! Great review!

March 20, 2014 - 9:27 am

Andrea (Cozy Up With A Good Read) - Yes, this book was so beautiful! I definitely felt the emotions in the letters that Laurel writes, and I loved the build up to what happened and why Laurel is blaming herself. I think this book will stay with readers for years to come.

Shelve It: Upcoming Nook/Kindle Reads

It’s Sunday! Woo! Just wanted to express our heartfelt thanks to all of you who left us comments, tweeted us, etc. for our 2-year blog anniversary. We have definitely been riding a high all week, and even more so because our first Twitter Chat was absolutely so much fun and we can’t wait to do it again. […]

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November 13, 2013 - 1:26 pm

Alexa Y. - Wow! You girls have got quite an amazing selection of books. I think I’m most looking to Love Letters to the Dead and Going Rogue, which I have too!

November 11, 2013 - 3:42 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Corinne Demas was my first year seminar professor in college. I requested Returning to Shore on NG, but got declined. Which is fine, I more just wanted to read it because I hated her as a professor, haha.

November 10, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Lots of great looking 2014 titles! INK and Going Rogue are a couple I’m eager to read.
Enjoy!

November 10, 2013 - 11:56 am

Bookworm1858 - I have a lot of those same books to read too-they all look so intriguing!

I’m hoping to read some more adult books like Booker winner The Luminaries as well as business/leadership non-fiction to aid in my professional development. So that will make 2014 an interesting mix of YA, MG, even some NA and then adult stuff.

Congrats again on 2 years!