Book review of dead letters

book review of dead letters

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Buster gave us our first assignment in English today, to write a letter to a dead person. For me, this book was pointless, puerile, and pretentious, with a character who is the passive, dull YA contemporary equivalent of Bella Swan or Luce Price.

The main character was simultaneously too naive and juvenile, while never letting me forget Dear Kurt Cobain, Mrs. The main character was simultaneously too naive and juvenile, while never letting me forget that behind this character, there is an adult writing this book.

On my first day I used my favorite outfit from middle school instead, which is jean overalls with a long-sleeve tee shirt and hoop earrings.

This book goes nowhere. I guess I am not doing this assignment the way I am supposed to. Yours, Laurel No shit. The point is that there was no point to this book.

If I wanted to read the diary of a really immature young woman, I can just go onto Tumblr or DeviantArt or Livejournal does anyone use Livejournal anymore?

And I can stop when I want to! This book is written in a series of letters to dead characters, musicians, poets, actors.

It reads like a slightly less silly version of a year old fangirl writing letters to One Direction or Justin Bieber. Dear Amy Winehouse, Your fearlessness seemed like it came from a different time.

When your first album was released, you still looked innocent, a pretty girl who said she thought she was ugly. You would step onstage in your little dress, sipping a drink, with your big beehive hairdo and Cleopatra eyeliner, and sing with a voice that poured out of your tiny body.

You were willing to expose yourself without caring what anyone thought. I wish I was more like that. A few paragraphs on the artists themselves, and then a million pages or so it felt like of a teenaged girl rambling on about: He always wears a leather jacket, even though summer is barely over.

Her family , dad, mom, crazy Bible-thumping Aunt Amy 3. Her lesbian friends 4. Her cool older friends who are like, so awesome, and, like, so into each other, and like, so into music!

When Kristen and I are better friends, I am going to ask her to play me some of your music. The "letters" follow this pattern for the entire fucking book: I think your dreams must have been like the wings of an angel sparkling with unicorn horns and butterfly dreams that never got fulfilled.

Today I went to lunch with my friends. I thought about Sky a lot. Then I talked to my friends. Then I watched them kiss.

I went home to talk to my really sad dad, and I reflected upon how sad he is and how much I miss him. Sky is really hot. Laurel is not a leader. She is a follower.

She does things because people tell her to. If this book were an YA paranormal, Laurel would be the equivalent of Bella Swan because she fucking does nothing in the book unless someone drags her into it.

She is a good girl, an innocent girl who drinks and do stupid stuff like ask strangers to buy her alcohol because her cool friends tell her to.

And she really, really wants to be friends with them. In some parts of her narrative Laurel sounds like a year old.

I liked waiting in line with everyone. I liked that the girl in front of me had red curls on the back of her head that you could tell she curled herself.

And I liked the thin crinkle of the plastic when I opened the wrapper. I liked how every bite made a falling-apart kind of crunch. Out of nowhere, the most popular guy in school asks her out, and not only that, she got the attention of Sky, the loner who never talks to anyone.

Hence the throng of girls who are always leaning in and touching his arm. It is insta-love for her, and Sky falls for Laurel remarkably fast , considering Laurel never does or say anything fucking remarkable.

But I guess year old boys are easily impressed. How do you know? Sure, Laurel is supposed to be really, really sad about May, considering she died, but I never felt her sadness.

It is a matter of telling, not showing. You could argue that Laurel is suppressing her grief really well, but why the fuck would I want to read a book about that?

I know those books exist. Some truly bad things happen to Laurel in this book, and guess what? I want to care. I could not relate to her.

I could not sympathize with her. I did not like her. View all 94 comments. Jan 05, Wendy Darling rated it it was amazing Shelves: Almost a full year later, I read the last half of it with a lump in my throat and tears dripping down my face.

This is a profoundly moving meditation on grief, written with rare sensitivity and the kind of prose that nearly stops your heart with moments of quiet, anguished beauty.

Review on the blog: Strongly recommended for fans of If I Stay. View all 11 comments. Nov 03, Ash Wednesday rated it really liked it Shelves: Reading this book felt a lot like 3.

Reading this book felt a lot like having your emotions painfully scooped out of you, put back reconfigured at the end: The book has no chapters.

Instead it kicks off with Laurel writing a letter to Kurt Cobain for an English assignment where they are to write letters to the dead.

And it really delivered on that promise. Some of the details in the story made me think of Saving June on quaaludes. I liked certain aspects of the ebb and flow of her relationship with Sky, there was discovery, there was learning, there was understanding… but the reactions, the drama was too age-appropriate for me i.

You remind me of the feeling of wanting to make something. I loved how Aunt Amy was written. She sent him cookies and cards, and New Mexico chili, and messages, especially the messages where she would do the voices of Mister Ed and of the Jamaican bobsledders and she would be herself.

I love the way Dellaira writes, the story had the rhythm of psychedelic poetry in it. I like that this was as much as about growing up as staying true to yourself; a pocketguide on how not to sellout to the world, neither burning out nor fading away.

But I had a difficult time getting immersed in the letter to someone delivery, which sucks because that was exactly what drew me in the story in the first place.

It was a little strange to read Laurel write to Kurt Cobain about his own divorced parents, then making the rough connection with her own life, then relate a childhood memory with May, then tell him what happened today in school.

But narrative wise, it felt a bit taxing to keep the connection. I even had a hard time remembering who Laurel is writing to until she mentions it midway through asking if the dead remembers this or that when she was alive.

The moments this book worked best for me was when I forget that Laurel is writing a letter to these people.

So in more ways than one, this worked for me but not in the ways that I expected it to be. View all 17 comments. Dec 27, Evie rated it it was amazing.

An incredible, moving and very important story with a beating heart and bright soul. View all 7 comments. Una historia con la que he conectado por pasajes, con personajes secundarios que realmente no aportan nada y en general, una trama que da tumbos.

Los personajes son meros peones, pero sin rumbo fijo: En cuanto al tono de la novela Que ha sido un tema que me ha sorprendido, pero creo que era un tema demasiado importante como para dejarlo pasar a la primera de cambio.

Es original dentro de la literatura juvenil, le da otro aire diferente a la historia y la convierte en algo nuevo. Me ha faltado algo y por eso mismo me ha decepcionado un poco.

Find all of my reviews at: The letters, the what happened to the dead sister, the grieving process, the finding herself plotlines were all great.

Why the hell did everything but the kitchen sink need to be thrown in before this was over???? When an author is trying to manipulate them out of me.

As the book states. O mundo em que sempre se conhecera, desaparecera! Era agora uma estranha numa terra estranha! Passar a vestir as roupas de May seria um contributo, talvez?!

Iria socorrer-se da escrita para reviver, analisar e compreender Mal conseguimos lembrar-nos de como se faz. View all 15 comments.

Jul 16, Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it liked it. Its invisible strings had this unrelenting tug at my eyes and my heart that made me give in and grab the book.

She shares her grief over her sister with no one except Amy Winehouse. When for the first time after so long, she met good and genuine friends, she writes it to Amelia Earhart.

Reading her letters was both painful and depressing because they revealed how much she had already suffered at a very young age.

There was also this nagging detail that Laurel is suicidal and the darker revelations about what she went through made me want to bang my head against the wall.

But because the letters are highly significant in the story, they are also the device that will determine its conclusion. Will those letters save Laurel or not?

Will the story end in an inspiring note or an irreparable crack in the heart? Care to find out? View all 24 comments. Aug 20, Rashika is tired rated it really liked it Shelves: This book may cause you to spend a whole day feeling down.

It brought out a lot of mixed feelings in me. This is filled with teenage angst and teenage angst can sometimes induce nightmares about how much high school sucked or well I still have 3 more months of that nightmare left but in spite of everything this book turned out to be so beautiful.

It tells a tale of loss and how to deal with it. At the start of this novel, Laurel is drowning in grief and guilt. She believes that her sister died because of her.

Laurel is such a heart breaking character. She has an innocence to her which makes you want to wrap your arms around her and never let go.

She is such a complex character and you really feel for her. She comes from a broken family. From Hannah to Natalie to Kristen to Tristan to Sky you cannot help but fall in love with each of them.

There is so much depth to all of these characters and all of them break your heart in some capacity. My heart broke for them. She made their stories come to life and it really just broke my heart all over again.

She does it so beautifully too. The romance was well developed. Sky is a sweet love interest. He pulls some jerk moves but his reasons are so realistic that you cannot help but forgive him.

There were some things Laurel needed to realize on her own and until she did so, there relationship could not have worked.

Some of them took their own lives, some of them died of drug overdose and some of them just never made it back.

While writing to these various people, she grows and she learns that not everything is perfect. She can be broken and really all she needs is to be herself.

With all that said one of the biggest draw backs of this story for me as a reader was the fact that the character was in 9th grade.

She is very innocent but then she is thrust into very mature situations and I am not sure what to make of that. For example, Saving June dealt with something similar and because of the age of the main character the book was a lot easier to swallow.

Having said that, this book really was touching. This book really is powerful and I am definitely going to be on the look-out for other works by the author.

Note that all quotes have been taken from an uncorrected proof and may be subject to change. View all 14 comments. Apr 16, Lucy Langford rated it liked it.

It begins as an assignment in English class where Laurel, our mc, writes letters to dead people, from the likes of Judy Garland, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.

We are told from the beginning that Laurels elder sister May died young. While we are not told the circumstances of the death straightaway, we are told snippets of the events leading up to her death, how her death happe "You can be noble and brave and beautiful and still find yourself falling.

While we are not told the circumstances of the death straightaway, we are told snippets of the events leading up to her death, how her death happened and the circumstances surrounding it.

This is a story on grief and loss from one girls perspective. It tells the story of how May, the sister who died, is seen as perfect in Laurels mind and memories of them together, it goes through the emotions of grief, and also looks at family, friendship and first love.

The book focuses on Laurels navigation through the feelings of grief and how she deals with school life and home life.

Sometimes it is hard to picture what one persons grief can look and feel like, but this book does an amazing job at describing it and had me tearful by the end of it!

I simply loved this book and enjoyed the bits of poetry speckled through out! View all 4 comments. Sep 22, Anj seaweed books rated it it was ok. I had expected a beautiful story when I went into this book.

What I got was an annoying protagonist, one- dimensional characters and a history of celebs who died at a very young age.

I was that annoyed. The beginning was quite slow and I had to plough through those pages. I was expecting the book to get better, but then, how wrong was I?

I was completely wrong. Things took a turn for the worse and each page seemed to drag on forever. Let me tell you this: Laurel, our protagonist is very one-dimensional.

At first it was all about her observing him from a distance and him, staring at her. Love at first sight never works.

Most of the times. Agreed that her sister died, yet, she seems to put the blame on herself for something she had NOT done.

So, what did Anj do? She googled it up and read spoilers! I felt that the story could have been revealed much earlier in the book because the delay just made me impatient and irritated.

That is not suspenseful. Go and look it up. Sky behaves like a jerk for a minute and then he goes all lovey-dovey. Save us the biography.

There were two positive things about this book though. And I highly appreciate that the author decided to put those issues into this book so that the readers become aware of it.

They were the only rays of sunshine in this book. Amidst all those things I said about this book, there are only two positives.

The book ended on a hopeful note, which prevented me from giving this book an even lower rating. This trick eventually scares the bully off, but mind you, the road was a busy one.

That is all I have to say about this book. Apr 03, Raeleen Lemay rated it it was ok Shelves: I have no idea how to explain how I feel about this book Like it was good But I hated it?

My emotions are confused. Video review to come possibly. This book is a hard one for me to decide how to rate.

There were parts of it I really liked and there were parts of it when I thought my eyes would glaze over and never recover. Laurel is given an assignment to write to a dead person.

She begins to do so and never turns in the assignment. Once she starts she keeps going with it and changes to several past celebrities and historical figures.

Hoping that a new school will shie This book is a hard one for me to decide how to rate. Hoping that a new school will shield her from any one that knew her sister.

The teenage angst in this book is way over the top for me. I felt old just reading it. I love YA books and have read some great ones but this one fell so very short for me.

I did like some of the letters. All in all the best I can give this book is a 2 star. View all 8 comments. May 03, Maureen rated it liked it.

I ended up enjoying this book and the characters a lot, but it was SO similar to Perks that it annoyed me.

The characters were lovely and the writing was beautiful. Getting over loss is never easy, and I really liked how the author approached it.

The romance aspect felt a little forced to me. The letter writing story telling was different enough from perks that it could have stood on its own, but since so much was the same it feels extremely repetitive.

Jul 03, Laz rated it really liked it Recommends it for: You might think it is, because you might want someone else to save you, or you might want to save someone so badly.

But no one else can save you, not really. And you hope someone will wake you up. Or chase it off. Or shoot it dead.

They see your face on it. I loved how deep and simple it was, it approached the problems teenagers can sometimes face in a really touching and beautiful way.

This book was a great example of it. There were all kinds of problems to a bunch of children, I mean, sure, the heroine was one and her problem was pretty tragic but there were all of these stories woven into them.

Kids with sexuality problems, kids who had to come apart because of how things change, kids with no worthy parents. Ava the good girl, their parents divorce and their mother has dementia.

Ava is brought home by the news that her sister has perished 3. Ava is brought home by the news that her sister has perished in a fire in the barn on their property.

Is Zelda really dead? She has left a set of clues for Ava to follow, using the letters of the alphabet, so this is somewhat of a puzzle mystery.

Quite cleverly done and I eagerly looked forward to the next revelation. Along the way Ava has some insights if her own.

The love twins have for each other and how they understand each other also plays a big part. This is not edge of your seat suspense, more a character unraveling as we get to know both girls by this somewhat strange game.

Quite good I thought. View all 13 comments. Mar 16, Elyse Walters rated it liked it. But I feel a little drunk after reading this book.

My gosh- there is so much alcohol drinking - a tasting room and Vineyard make for an easy access to drink until one is unconscious.

Could enhance the experience! The setting is lovely - The blurb gives almos Confession The setting is lovely - The blurb gives almost too much of this story away!!!!!!

The blurb description gives more details than I would have given. I loved the beginning- the history to the 25 year old twin sisters names: When she learns she burned in a barn fire - her first words and thoughts were I tell ya - it got in my way.

I understand why people love this mystery story -- the unraveling of the game from A to Z is unique. View all 26 comments. I was just a little disappointed in this book, even though the premise of it sounded really good.

Through a series of emails Ava receives from whom she assumes is her dead sister , she starts believing that Zelda may well be alive and playing a game with her, where she needs to follow the clues from A - Z in order to find her.

This book is being categorised as a mystery thriller - which to be fair, there is an element of mystery to I was just a little disappointed in this book, even though the premise of it sounded really good.

The only thing I found annoying was the constant reference to alcohol and the overuse of it by all the main characters.

I was surprised by how much I liked Dead Letters , a novel filled with dysfunctional, detestable characters with a plot hinging on protagonist Ava Antipova playing an elaborate game set up by is she?

It helps that Caite Dolan-Leach has a writing style that is just a bit overly wordy, but is entirely accessible and approachable, hitting just the right balance for a literary mystery novel.

This is an elevated entertaining novel: Overall, Dead Letters is smart writing, a clever conceit, flawed and fascinating characters, and a satisfying mystery with an emotional ending.

View all 22 comments. Many of my favorite books have unlikable characters and I joke that dysfunctional should be a genre of its own.

But I need to be able to empathize or at least understand them a little. Or there needs to be enough humor to offset the distasteful character s.

Or the plot is so clever I can overlook it. They are rude, nasty, snarky in a not-funny way, and mistreat everyone around them. There is one exception but I never understood why he was attracted to anyone in this family.

Oh, and everyone except the tgood-to-be-true guy is a raging alcoholic. I grew weary reading about the non-stop drinking. And make her dysfunctional characters clever, funny, or sympathetic.

And throw in at least one to root for. Mar 24, Julie rated it liked it Shelves: This book first cropped up on my radar while reading the book section in the NYT.

It seems there has been a little confusion as to which category this book belongs in. None of these really apply here, in my opinion.

What category would it fit into? So, maybe this one defies categories or labels. Contemporary fiction is probably the best place for it.

So, what is the book about? Ava Antipova returns home after receiving word her twin sister, Zelda, has died. More or less, this is a family drama, where the outward veneer and polish has long been sanded away, leaving the participants raw and exposed.

This is a dysfunctional family dealing with the effects of alcoholism and disease, financial difficulties and with an uncertain future, each deciding on which is the best way to cope with it.

The characters are all damaged and flawed, and are not exactly redeemable, or easy to relate to. But, that is not a deal breaker for me, like it might be for some readers.

But, what is hard for me to wrap my head around is how everything was wrapped up. It was a really big stretch of the imagination and frankly, implausible.

However, I give the author kudos for keeping me interested in the mystery of Zelda, and for mostly pulling off a trippy mind game with the reader.

But, after some thought, I decided the craftiness and deviousness of characters created an interesting diversion from the same old, same old.

Overall, this one is a little strange, but is well constructed, and I suppose it accomplishes its purpose.

View all 5 comments. Jan 03, Monnie rated it it was amazing. What a wild ride - all the way from Astounding to Zero cool!

My choice of descriptor words is on purpose - a nod to the main characters in this book, twins Ava and Zelda, so named by their father for the order of their entrance in the world at birth never mind that he got it wrong.

So Ava heads to Paris, where she finds a new life, a new French boyfriend and happiness at the tender age of But then, her world comes to a crashing halt: Soon, she begins to get text messages from her sister, which appear to be clues related to her disappearance - beginning with the first letter of the alphabet.

But the messages Ava is getting from Zelda suggest something else is afoot; should she let the police in on her secret or follow her twin to the ends of the alphabet in the hopes of getting to the truth?

The whole thing is far more a study in character development and interaction than murder mystery - and what intriguing characters they all are.

My enjoyment of the book was enhanced, I admit, by the setting. One of my favorite places to visit is Seneca Lake; my husband and I have spent many wonderful days relaxing and doing our photography thing at Seneca Harbor Station, hiking the awesome Gorge Trail in Watkins Glen State Park, "touring" the NASCAR track in between races, visitors are allowed inside and, not insignificantly, sampling as many wines as we can from the dozens of vineyards in and around Seneca, Cayuga and Keuka lakes.

When I head out for morning walks here in my northeast Ohio neighborhood, I often wear the T-shirt I bought at Keuka College mostly because I figured it would be a conversation starter I was right.

In summary, this is a great debut novel - one I hope and expect will do very well. Many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

View all 4 comments. Dead Letters is a mystery and psychological thriller about a dysfunctional family and two unhealthily entwined twins.

It is also about how relationships with those closest to us can be an unending source of unhappiness, if that is what we choose.

Ava has felt stifled by her family. Her mother has dementia, her father left them to start another family and conflict with her twin sister, Zelda, has dominated her existence.

She now lives in Paris, when she receives an unexpected email from her mother Dead Letters is a mystery and psychological thriller about a dysfunctional family and two unhealthily entwined twins.

She now lives in Paris, when she receives an unexpected email from her mother The whole thing was so very Zelda. When I finally reached my mother on the phone, she slurrily told me that the barn had caught fire with Zelda trapped inside.

Then, when the police reveal evidence that points towards a murder, things begin to spiral out of control.

The whole community confuses one sister for the other. Alcohol contributes its own fog to this story as Ava deals with her childhood demons while tangling with some new ones.

Jolted awake in suddenly sober distress, I blink owlishly and struggle to open my exhausted, quivering eyes, which are agonizingly dry, filched of liquid.

I should quit drinking, I reflect. I read this book almost in one sitting the day before Thanksgiving and it made me appreciate my own fairly-functional family much more.

Our mother had started her mimosas somewhat earlier, and I knew from her glassy eyes and gingery steps that Nadine was approaching the danger zone, the state between mildly and mindlessly drunk wherein she could marshal enough sobriety to do real damage but was uninhibited enough to not care how much damage was inflicted.

Look at the stories you tell yourself and examine why you do the things you do. But she leaves hints everywhere and allows readers to fill in the blanks.

Sadly it was not but through no fault of the author. The story centres around 25 year old twins Av 3. She is soon on an alphabetical treasure hunt fed by clues Zelda left for her.

Each is fuelled by a bitter disappointment in how life has treated them, a situation not helped by having a wine store in their backyard. Only Ava has managed to secure a glimmer of something better but struggles to overcome the lingering affects of her childhood.

View all 12 comments. In a great way for me but I should caution, the context in the marketing seems to be gearing it towards thriller or a typical psychological thriller audience which I am too so I would probably have loved that also but Dead Letters is far more on the side of literary mystery and family saga than it is sudden thrills or huge plot twists.

So going into it with an open viewpoint will make a difference I feel. This was beautiful writing, beautiful plotting and a slow burner, a true character drama centering on twins - Ava and Zelda - the potential death of one and the coming to terms of the other.

When Zelda seemingly dies in a fire, Ava finally returns to her home after a self imposed exile - Zelda it turns out has left her a series of clues, an A-Z that she must follow to discover exactly what happened.

What follows is a journey through the lives of these sisters, their family ties and influences, their own relationships both with each other and those around them.

Ava deals with her unwell mother, starts getting sucked back into her old routines, all the while looking for that truth, the thing that will let her move forward.

It is beautifully done, cleverly intricate, a gorgeous unravelling of a tangled and poignant family dynamic. Brimming with atmosphere, filled with an eclectic cast of often divisive characters, Dead Letters is a wonderfully layered mystery, an emotive family drama with a melancholy, noir tone to the writing that just sucks you right in.

View all 3 comments. Jan 15, CL rated it really liked it. Ava and Zelda Antipova are twins and Ava left home 2 years ago to escape her twin and the life she was not prepared to live.

Now her sister Zelda has died and she has to return home. Zelda was always the wild one and Ava was the one who always followed the rules.

Ava suspects Zelda is playing a trick and now more than ever she is convinced when the letters and clues from Zelda start to arrive.

She is convinced Zelda will show up shortly and say she was just playing a joke or is Zelda really gone.

Soon after her death, Ava receives messages from the grave from her sister, sending her on a twisted scavenger hunt. Dead Letters is the debut novel from writer Caite Dolan-Leach.

It is best described as a psychological mystery novel. For Ava, home is not a sanctuary. Ava left home over two years ago, after a terrible betrayal on behalf of her sister and high school boyfriend, Wyatt.

There are also her parents to contend with. Her relationship with her daughter Ava, her less favourable twin daughter, is tense.

It is no wonder Ava dreads her return home. Nolan traded his family for another many years ago. He is an emotionally distant man, who fills the gap in his life with alcohol.

Abuse of alcohol forms a significant part of Dead Letters, as the Antipovas own a disintegrating vineyard. Through the use of letters, emails, text messages and facebook posts, a scavenger hunt following the letters in between A for Ava and Z for Zelda form the basis of this search for Zelda.

Is this an elaborate plan to get her sisters attention or is Zelda really dead? Dead Letters is a novel I have seen around a fair bit on social media and on the Goodreads community.

It definitely caught my eye and I was keen to give it a try, despite seeing some mixed responses on Goodreads and other blogs I follow.

It took me awhile to get into this novel and my mind seemed to wander a fair bit during my reading of this book.

This is perhaps an indication of my response to the book, which was pretty average. The main narrator of the book, Ava, is a strange as well as unlikeable young woman.

She is hard to get close to, which is in part of a reflection of her difficult upbringing. We learn through the flashbacks written by Dolan-Leach that Ava was the less favourable twin.

She lives in the shadow of her wilder and more enigmatic twin. He escaped the toxic clutches on his ex wife many years ago and has remained detached from his daughters ever since.

There really are some complicated and messed up relations that emerge from this dysfunctional family. I thought the characterisation on the whole of these protagonists was solid, despite all of them being unlikeable.

The narrative builds a strong picture of the twins. The pace was set at a steady pace but for reasons I am still not sure about, I did find my mind wandering.

Having said that, I did feel the need to continue reading to the end of the novel to find out the final fate of Zelda. When I reached the end of the novel I felt a bit underwhelmed.

Dead Letters takes a clever concept, infusing letters of the alphabet with a final set of puzzling messages from the grave, sending a sister on a frenzied hunt to find her estranged twin.

I liked the concept but had difficulties connecting with this dysfunctional family unit. Dead Letters is a dark and twisted tale of secrets, lies, betrayals and the intricate bond between twin sisters.

Make up your own mind on this one. This book is marketed in the thriller genre, so I was expecting more excitement thank what I got.

It kicked off well enough with the twin girls and how they were named. Then an email arriving to one of the twins informing the other twin that her sister was dead, so that got me interested.

But I have to be honest in saying that the book was a roller coaster ride for me in between loving it, then it dipping to where I lost a bit of interest The book is written very well.

Its a cat and mouse tale which does have a very good edge to it. I would definitely read more by this author. My thanks to Corvus for my copy Apr 26, Jennifer Rose rated it really liked it.

I had heard mixed reviews, so ultimately I pushed it back some on my to-read list. I totally understand why some readers were disappointed.

Dead Letters was marketed as a mystery and thriller. It was definitely more mystery and minimal, if any, thriller. This was for sure the latter.

Ava Antipova had run away from her family, her life, and her relationship and moved to Paris. At the beginning of this book, she learned that her twin sister Zelda had died in a fire at their family vineyard.

Burned in the barn next to the house they had grown up in. Immediately, Ava wondered what her sister Zelda was up to?

Ava headed back to her home to handle the situation. As soon as she returned, she started to receive messages from her supposedly dead sister, in a puzzle format.

A to Z, each letter corresponded to a piece of the puzzle, the puzzle of where was Zelda now? Ava learned that a lot has transpired over the two years, while she was gone.

As Ava sifted through the clues Zelda left, she had to live in the house she so desperately wanted to escape and she had to face the demons she had run from.

In the end, Ava was changed Dead Letters was for me one of those books that I spent time frustrated with most of the characters, most of the time.

Growing up with plenty of alcohol in my household, I got the alcoholism references. Maybe a little too close to home. I know many people who elect to escape their lives via the alcohol bottle.

I have been there and done that too many times to mention, in my younger years I choose to do my life differently now. The characters - Ava was so self-absorbed and repressed!

Zelda was so manipulative and strange! Their mother, holy moly, their poor mother - I guess she was clueless right? Marlon aka Dad what a joke, but maybe the life drove him away?

I wanted to see how the story ended. What if Ava got another email shortly after the birth of her child?

And it starts again I would definitely be willing to go for another ride with these characters. It would also be interesting to see a Hollywood spin on this story.

Just saying, it could happen! Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing, and Caite Dolan-Leach for allowing me to experience this twisted world in exchange for my honest opinion.

View all 6 comments. Despite not really having anything in common with either of those things. Are you sufficiently confused? Dead Letters commences when Ava Antipova receives a distressed email from her mother, informing her that her twin sister Zelda has died in a barn fire.

Soon she begins to receive a series of clues, hoping it will lead her to the truth of what happened that night in the fire. In this era of fast-paced thrillers, let me stress: This is a at times slow-moving character-driven novel.

Each member of the Antipova family is a volatile, selfish alcoholic. But I thought that Ava was frustratingly, unnervingly real, for all her faults and virtues.

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Dear Kurt Cobain, Mrs. Buster gave us our first assignment in English today, to write a letter to a dead person. For me, this book was pointless, puerile, and pretentious, with a character who is the passive, dull YA contemporary equivalent of Bella Swan or Luce Price.

The main character was simultaneously too naive and juvenile, while never letting me forget Dear Kurt Cobain, Mrs. The main character was simultaneously too naive and juvenile, while never letting me forget that behind this character, there is an adult writing this book.

On my first day I used my favorite outfit from middle school instead, which is jean overalls with a long-sleeve tee shirt and hoop earrings.

This book goes nowhere. I guess I am not doing this assignment the way I am supposed to. Yours, Laurel No shit.

The point is that there was no point to this book. If I wanted to read the diary of a really immature young woman, I can just go onto Tumblr or DeviantArt or Livejournal does anyone use Livejournal anymore?

And I can stop when I want to! This book is written in a series of letters to dead characters, musicians, poets, actors. It reads like a slightly less silly version of a year old fangirl writing letters to One Direction or Justin Bieber.

Dear Amy Winehouse, Your fearlessness seemed like it came from a different time. When your first album was released, you still looked innocent, a pretty girl who said she thought she was ugly.

You would step onstage in your little dress, sipping a drink, with your big beehive hairdo and Cleopatra eyeliner, and sing with a voice that poured out of your tiny body.

You were willing to expose yourself without caring what anyone thought. I wish I was more like that. A few paragraphs on the artists themselves, and then a million pages or so it felt like of a teenaged girl rambling on about: He always wears a leather jacket, even though summer is barely over.

Her family , dad, mom, crazy Bible-thumping Aunt Amy 3. Her lesbian friends 4. Her cool older friends who are like, so awesome, and, like, so into each other, and like, so into music!

When Kristen and I are better friends, I am going to ask her to play me some of your music. The "letters" follow this pattern for the entire fucking book: I think your dreams must have been like the wings of an angel sparkling with unicorn horns and butterfly dreams that never got fulfilled.

Today I went to lunch with my friends. I thought about Sky a lot. Then I talked to my friends. Then I watched them kiss.

I went home to talk to my really sad dad, and I reflected upon how sad he is and how much I miss him. Sky is really hot. Laurel is not a leader.

She is a follower. She does things because people tell her to. If this book were an YA paranormal, Laurel would be the equivalent of Bella Swan because she fucking does nothing in the book unless someone drags her into it.

She is a good girl, an innocent girl who drinks and do stupid stuff like ask strangers to buy her alcohol because her cool friends tell her to.

And she really, really wants to be friends with them. In some parts of her narrative Laurel sounds like a year old. I liked waiting in line with everyone.

I liked that the girl in front of me had red curls on the back of her head that you could tell she curled herself. And I liked the thin crinkle of the plastic when I opened the wrapper.

I liked how every bite made a falling-apart kind of crunch. Out of nowhere, the most popular guy in school asks her out, and not only that, she got the attention of Sky, the loner who never talks to anyone.

Hence the throng of girls who are always leaning in and touching his arm. It is insta-love for her, and Sky falls for Laurel remarkably fast , considering Laurel never does or say anything fucking remarkable.

But I guess year old boys are easily impressed. How do you know? Sure, Laurel is supposed to be really, really sad about May, considering she died, but I never felt her sadness.

It is a matter of telling, not showing. You could argue that Laurel is suppressing her grief really well, but why the fuck would I want to read a book about that?

I know those books exist. Some truly bad things happen to Laurel in this book, and guess what? I want to care. I could not relate to her.

I could not sympathize with her. I did not like her. View all 94 comments. Jan 05, Wendy Darling rated it it was amazing Shelves: Almost a full year later, I read the last half of it with a lump in my throat and tears dripping down my face.

This is a profoundly moving meditation on grief, written with rare sensitivity and the kind of prose that nearly stops your heart with moments of quiet, anguished beauty.

Review on the blog: Strongly recommended for fans of If I Stay. View all 11 comments. Nov 03, Ash Wednesday rated it really liked it Shelves: Reading this book felt a lot like 3.

Reading this book felt a lot like having your emotions painfully scooped out of you, put back reconfigured at the end: The book has no chapters.

Instead it kicks off with Laurel writing a letter to Kurt Cobain for an English assignment where they are to write letters to the dead.

And it really delivered on that promise. Some of the details in the story made me think of Saving June on quaaludes. I liked certain aspects of the ebb and flow of her relationship with Sky, there was discovery, there was learning, there was understanding… but the reactions, the drama was too age-appropriate for me i.

You remind me of the feeling of wanting to make something. I loved how Aunt Amy was written. She sent him cookies and cards, and New Mexico chili, and messages, especially the messages where she would do the voices of Mister Ed and of the Jamaican bobsledders and she would be herself.

I love the way Dellaira writes, the story had the rhythm of psychedelic poetry in it. I like that this was as much as about growing up as staying true to yourself; a pocketguide on how not to sellout to the world, neither burning out nor fading away.

But I had a difficult time getting immersed in the letter to someone delivery, which sucks because that was exactly what drew me in the story in the first place.

It was a little strange to read Laurel write to Kurt Cobain about his own divorced parents, then making the rough connection with her own life, then relate a childhood memory with May, then tell him what happened today in school.

But narrative wise, it felt a bit taxing to keep the connection. I even had a hard time remembering who Laurel is writing to until she mentions it midway through asking if the dead remembers this or that when she was alive.

The moments this book worked best for me was when I forget that Laurel is writing a letter to these people. So in more ways than one, this worked for me but not in the ways that I expected it to be.

View all 17 comments. Dec 27, Evie rated it it was amazing. An incredible, moving and very important story with a beating heart and bright soul.

View all 7 comments. Una historia con la que he conectado por pasajes, con personajes secundarios que realmente no aportan nada y en general, una trama que da tumbos.

Los personajes son meros peones, pero sin rumbo fijo: En cuanto al tono de la novela Que ha sido un tema que me ha sorprendido, pero creo que era un tema demasiado importante como para dejarlo pasar a la primera de cambio.

Es original dentro de la literatura juvenil, le da otro aire diferente a la historia y la convierte en algo nuevo. Me ha faltado algo y por eso mismo me ha decepcionado un poco.

Find all of my reviews at: The letters, the what happened to the dead sister, the grieving process, the finding herself plotlines were all great.

Why the hell did everything but the kitchen sink need to be thrown in before this was over???? When an author is trying to manipulate them out of me.

As the book states. O mundo em que sempre se conhecera, desaparecera! Era agora uma estranha numa terra estranha! Passar a vestir as roupas de May seria um contributo, talvez?!

Iria socorrer-se da escrita para reviver, analisar e compreender Mal conseguimos lembrar-nos de como se faz. View all 15 comments.

Jul 16, Aj the Ravenous Reader rated it liked it. Its invisible strings had this unrelenting tug at my eyes and my heart that made me give in and grab the book.

She shares her grief over her sister with no one except Amy Winehouse. When for the first time after so long, she met good and genuine friends, she writes it to Amelia Earhart.

Reading her letters was both painful and depressing because they revealed how much she had already suffered at a very young age. There was also this nagging detail that Laurel is suicidal and the darker revelations about what she went through made me want to bang my head against the wall.

But because the letters are highly significant in the story, they are also the device that will determine its conclusion.

Will those letters save Laurel or not? Will the story end in an inspiring note or an irreparable crack in the heart?

Care to find out? View all 24 comments. Aug 20, Rashika is tired rated it really liked it Shelves: This book may cause you to spend a whole day feeling down.

It brought out a lot of mixed feelings in me. This is filled with teenage angst and teenage angst can sometimes induce nightmares about how much high school sucked or well I still have 3 more months of that nightmare left but in spite of everything this book turned out to be so beautiful.

It tells a tale of loss and how to deal with it. At the start of this novel, Laurel is drowning in grief and guilt. She believes that her sister died because of her.

Laurel is such a heart breaking character. She has an innocence to her which makes you want to wrap your arms around her and never let go. She is such a complex character and you really feel for her.

She comes from a broken family. From Hannah to Natalie to Kristen to Tristan to Sky you cannot help but fall in love with each of them. There is so much depth to all of these characters and all of them break your heart in some capacity.

My heart broke for them. She made their stories come to life and it really just broke my heart all over again. She does it so beautifully too.

The romance was well developed. Sky is a sweet love interest. He pulls some jerk moves but his reasons are so realistic that you cannot help but forgive him.

There were some things Laurel needed to realize on her own and until she did so, there relationship could not have worked. Some of them took their own lives, some of them died of drug overdose and some of them just never made it back.

While writing to these various people, she grows and she learns that not everything is perfect. She can be broken and really all she needs is to be herself.

With all that said one of the biggest draw backs of this story for me as a reader was the fact that the character was in 9th grade.

She is very innocent but then she is thrust into very mature situations and I am not sure what to make of that.

For example, Saving June dealt with something similar and because of the age of the main character the book was a lot easier to swallow. Having said that, this book really was touching.

This book really is powerful and I am definitely going to be on the look-out for other works by the author.

Note that all quotes have been taken from an uncorrected proof and may be subject to change. View all 14 comments. He tends to think of any economic restriction as a dead-letter issue, a rule that does not apply to him.

There is a delightfully demented scavenger hunt that strings the reader right along for the ride, yet death and loss permeates the entire story.

You needed to say, to speak the ways you were different. As though you could determine your own story, secure the ending you wanted through obsessive narration.

Stories about sisters particularly twins , stories about mothers and daughters, dysfunctional families, accessible writing, unexpectedly funny, snarky humor.

Other Books You May Like: I wanted to give this book only one star but the author is a talented writer. The book was absolutely awful. There are no sympathetic characters in the entire book.

I wanted to like someone, anyone, in the book , but the characters were all irredeemable, shallow, and each one cruel in his or her own way.

I figured out the ending about halfway through the book. I kept reading though, hoping the book would get better. What a grim story!

I guess all the characters were so awful they got what they deserved. I felt no sympathy for any of them. A waste of time and money. Top rated Most recent Top rated.

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