Did you ever want to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower from a female perspective? What? You didn’t? Me neither, but that’s exactly what you get while reading Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira.
Don’t get me wrong; the book itself isn’t bad. In fact, the story is quite touching, but was it really necessary to have so many similarities to The Perks of Being a Wallflower? Some people are going to hate me for saying this, but I didn’t actually like The Perks of Being a Wallflower that much. I liked the story, I liked the movie, but I didn’t necessarily like the writing of the book. Which says a lot, coming from a person who adores letters! Naturally, I hoped that Love Letters to the Dead would encorporate the whole letter-writing style a little better, because there was such a huge hype around the book, but I was duly disappointed.
So, going into Love Letters to the Dead I was really excited. The main character, Laurel, starts writing letters as a school assignment. She’s supposed to write to a dead person, but instead of choosing her recently departed sister, she writes to famous dead people, such as Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more. Through the letters you get to see how she copes and eventually opens up and lets go of her sister May.
In the end, I was just sort of dissapointed. It took me such a long time to connect with Laurel and the ressemblance with The Perks of Being a Wallflower really didn’t help. Again, the story wasn’t bad, but the writing sort of bored me and that just really isn’t good.
I don’t want to spoil the experience for you, so I am not going to list the actual similarities between the two books, but if you’ve read the book, feel free to comment below. I am all up for discussion! Maybe you agree/disagree with me.