Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
It took me a while to process my reaction to this book, primarily because the prose is so gorgeous. I don't often fall for pretty words, but in this case, the imagery matches the main character's voice so well. Laurel broke my heart, not because of her tragic story, but because of the way she sees the world. She is closed off, trapped in her own head, trying to make connections through the letters she writes to dead artists--musicians, actors...people like Kurt Cobain and Judy Garland.
The novel takes the form of Laurel's letters to these people. The epistolary form requires a bit of patience from the reader. The narrative can seem wandering and repetitive at times, even forced. But if you put yourself in the mindset of a teen actually writing these letters, they are more fascinating than anything else. Reading Laurel's story was an experience I will not soon forget.
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