by Ava Dellaira

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On the first day of her freshman year of high school, Laurel is given the assignment in English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Seems simple enough, so Laurel Chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. Much like May, Kurt died young. Before she knows it, Laurel finds herself writing to others who died quickly and young. With the help of Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger and so many more: Laurel navigates starting high school, new friendships, learning to live with her separated parents, an overbearing aunt, and falling in love for the first time. Through the letters, Laurel is able to finally cope and talk about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking after her. It's through these letters that she can finally begin to accept what happened to May and why she died so young. It's once she begins to see her sister as the person that she was, loving and flawed, can she finally begin to discover her own path in life. 

I can not express how much I loved this book. It's very much like Perks of Being a Wallflower, a collection of letters written to someone who will never read them. You are drawn back to those troublesome times when you were/ are trying to figure out who you are and what your purpose is in this world. You smile and cheer on Laurel with the highs of her life, from her first dance, to her first kiss, the first party and first drink. You cry and want to hug her when she's lost and confused and struggles with accepting that her sister wasn't this perfect human who always did right, when she confronts her painful childhood experiences. I would have to recommend this book to everyone. It's beautifully written and captures all the ups and down of life. 

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