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Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Expected publication: April 1st 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

What a cute cover! 

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because she thought he’d understand since he died young just like her sister, May, did. Soon Laurel is writing letters to lots of dead people—Janis Joplin, Amy Winhouse, Ameilia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more—although she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about what it’s like going to a new school, meeting new friends, falling in love for the first time, how her family splinters apart after May dies. She even writes about the abuse she suffered—while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May, and to see her as the person she was: lovely and amazing and deeply flawed.

Trained as a poet at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Ava Dellaira brings a lyrical, haunting beauty to her prose.

Oh this one sounds so amazing! I’m sure this is a moving and touching story I know I will be excited to read once it comes out! Oh and I will be prepared for lots of heartbreak and heavy tears! 



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That cover is absolutely stunning. It’s so simple, yet really gorgeous.
This is the first time I’m hearing of this book, but it sounds like something I would enjoy. It seems powerful and touching like you said.
Thank you for sharing, Danny!
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Sounds very interesting. I was hooked at Kurt Cobain.
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Jess 8/21/2013

Wow! I hadn’t heard of this book before your WoW, but sign me up. I’m intrigued.

(Also, the cover is stunning!)
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Wow, this sounds awesome. I don’t think I’ve heard about this one.
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I do love the cover, and it sounds fantastic. Great choice. :)

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Wow! This sounds like a tearjerker… with the potential to be absolutely amazing. :) Adding this.
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Petra 8/21/2013

Looking forward to this as well. It sounds like an amazing concept :-)
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This definitely sounds like it’s going to be an emotional read Danny! I’ll have to be in the right mood for it for sure, but it seems like it will be beautiful and heartbreaking, especially with the mention of abuse. *bites nails* Fantastic choice!

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pabkins 8/21/2013

You really like to cry don’t you? This one is seriously sounds like it’ll be a heart ripper!
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I just saw this for the first time yesterday. It does look so intriguing and sad and I love that cover. Great pick!
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Olena 8/21/2013

I haven’t seen this one around yet, but I’m glad that you’re sharing it. This sounds like it will be a heartbreaking story, but one that needs to be read. I will be checking it out once it comes out. Despite its subject matter, there is something about this one that is making me really want to read it.
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Kim { Book Swoon } 8/21/2013

Love Letters to the Dead sounds amazing and a emotional heart tugger too! Beautiful cover, really conveys the story-get your hanky out. :)

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Wow, I haven’t seen this around before but it looks INTENSE. And just up my street! What an amazing and unique concept :)

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Carmen B. 8/21/2013

I’ve never heard of this one before but it sounds really unique! It’s been a while since I’ve read a book where letters feature so heavily, but I usually like them. The fact that the author is a trained poet is a bonus. Thanks so much for highlighting it :)

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Mary @ BookSwarm 8/21/2013

Ooh, this one looks so fabulous! I adore that cover and want to read her letters!
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Jen @ YA Romantics 8/21/2013

Love the sound of this one. Adding to my Goodreads to-read right now!
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This was my pick of the week too! Great minds think alike!
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kimbacaffeinate 8/21/2013

I agree Danny this sounds good, from the premises to the cover I immediately wanted to read it..thanks for sharing it..It’s going on my wishlist!
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I picked this one too! :) It sounds really good and I love the cover!

My Waiting on Wednesday pick!
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Wendy Darling 8/22/2013

Oh, what an interesting concept! The “letters to” or “diary” thing not a technique I always love, but when it’s done right (like in Jessi Kirby’s GOLDEN, for example), it can be a very effective story-telling technique. It sounds like it could work really well here, if the letters serve to illuminate the protagonist’s life in some way.

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