Although I was going to wait until I hit my next follower milestone to do a giveaway, I just decided to do it early. The winner will get their choice of a hardcover from the books above. These are all books I’ve read recently and really enjoyed. I’d also be willing to consider another…
- Referring to any four-legged animal as a weird dog
- Massively underestimating the number of nearly uncountable objects
- Massively overestimating the number of clearly countable objects
- Bad puns in TV episode titles
there are probably more lost bobby pins than there are people in this world
At the end of the credit sequence for Frozen: “The views and opinions expressed by Kristoff in he film that all men eat their own boogers are solely his own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Walt Disney Company or the filmmakers. Neither The Walt Disney Company nor the filmmakers make any representation of the accuracy any such views and opinions.”
Although lacking in many departments, Effie Trinket has a certain determination I have to admire.
Love Letters to the Dead - Ava Dellaira
This is not a review per se, more like your truly’s thoughts and feelings about this book.
You can find the Goodreads summary here.
Goodreads rating: 3.88
For a long time reading this, I didn’t quite know what to think of it. How to explain this properly… I questioned all the characters, their actions, I had things that infuriated me, yet I still adored the story. Is this even possible?
Love Letters to the Dead is written in the form of letters to celebrity icons who have died. The narrator is Laurel, a 15 year-old whose sister, May, died a while ago, and who is trying to come to terms with that. I found this writing style to be extremely original and, even though I was worried that it wouldn’t quite work at times, it turned out to be perfect. She manages to make the letters personal and to relate occurrences in her life with the people she writes to. You no longer see them as famous people, but as people. Period. They had issues, problems, they were hurting. Which is why Laurel writes to them.
I loved the character development. Laurel grows so much, in her quest to come to terms with her sister’s death. There were times when I kept screaming at the book to reveal what had actually happened, but when it got to that point, all I could think was “poor Laurel”. Everyone abandoned her. She put her faith in her sister, her parents and they let her down. At least that’s how I saw it. When a family member dies, especially a sibling, you put the other kid in therapy. Asap. You don’t up and leave, like their mother did. You don’t shut down, like their father did. You do what is best for your family. Laurel was left to cope by herself and it was natural that she started blocking out what had happened and acting irrationally in her attempts to deal with things. She raised her sister to impossible standards and started to idolize her, the same way she did with the people she was writing to. But as the book progresses and she starts to question their decisions, she does the same thing with May. She realizes that her sister is not without fault and it is okay to grieve and miss her and at the same time to feel reproachful towards her. May was a person. And people make mistakes, even if they love you. They can put you at harm, without realizing it.
I had a lot of issues understanding May. I have an older sister and she’s always taken care of me and I really admire her. But there are things that May did, that I can’t understand, mostly because I would never see my sister doing something like that. I can explain her behavior - when you’re told your whole life that you’re the glue to the family and that you brought people together, and then you see your family fall apart in front of your eyes, you naturally blame yourself and you act out and find what means you can to cope with this reality. But… she abandoned Laurel, in a way. She was selfish. And I can’t really accept that.
This being said, I still loved the book. The characters were engaging, strong, they developed so much (especially Laurel, Hannah and Natalie) and the problems it dealt with were real and unavoidable in today’s reality. The whole book is relatable and you don’t see many books like this. And the writing was beautiful. I can’t really describe it any other way.
Growing up is hard. Finding yourself is even harder. Finding yourself while living in your sister’s shadow is the hardest. That’s the beauty of Laurel’s story: becoming her own person, becoming someone she’s proud of, becoming someone she wished her sister would have been.
“I know I wrote letters to people with no address on this earth, I know that you are dead. But I hear you. I hear all of you. We were here. Our lives matter.”
To everyone who got this far, thank you for reading and have a wonderful day! Also, feel free to share your thoughts, comment or tell me anything :)
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Only problem with this review: It didn’t explain just how INSANELY INFURIATING her family really is!!
The people who come running to hug you after you haven’t seen them in awhile are my favorite type of people.
The mockingjay is a l i v e.