love letters to the dead {book review & giveaway}

I used to dismiss YA as cotton candy fluff that was a dulled down version of life. And then I realized there is no time more real in your life than when you're young. The world hasn't taken its pound of flesh. Life is wide. Life is big. Life is possible. You want to take great gulps of it in and post the ensuing experiential vomit all over Instagram.

That's what it's like, right? GOD I'M OLD.

As part of our first Bluntie Book Club (honesty, not druggy), a posse of us Blunt Moms were given the chance to sink our old Mom teeth into the ripe cherry of Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira.

Pretend you're in a book store, browsing for hours with no toddler needing your attention (I'm SO JEALOUS already), and you picked up this book. Here's what the back would say:

"It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more - though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, 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 only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was - lovely and amazing and deeply flawed - can she begin to discover her own path."

Sooooo, every sentence is a slice from my teenage years; the naked honesty made me cringe and then feel all those familiar feelings long buried - hopeless, hopeful and everything in between. Just because it felt right, I listened to a lot of Nirvana while reading this. Wow. What a perfect soundtrack for love, loss and the sounds we make when we don't know what tomorrow will reveal.

Getting old is so fast and bewildering. But even though my teenage years were achingly open and possible, I think I am absolutely fine looking back at them through the rear view mirror in blurry 36 year old glasses.

Would you like to take a magical trip back with Laurel too? Oh and a zillion other cool titles? Great (GREAT) news - Raincoast Books is offering a pretty crazy prize. Like $250 worth of incredible books crazy. Here are the titles - man, I LOVE book jacket designs.

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{Raincoast Books provided me with an advance copy of this title. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.} 

 

 

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