“A brilliant story about the courage it takes to keep living after your world falls apart. A heart-wrenching celebration of love and friendship and family.” – (Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak)
For an English class assignment, Laurel is asked to write a letter to a dead person. She naturally chooses to write to Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. Also, May died young like he did. Throughout time, Laurel compiles a series of written letters in her notebook to Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger and more. Although she never hands her assignment into her teacher, she opens up starting high school, falling in love and her crumbling family life on paper. Through her letters, she begins to rediscover May. May failed her as a sister when she was suffering, but she eventually accepts that May was as human as she is now.
If you enjoyed The Perks of Being a Wallflower, you will revel in Love Letters to the Dead’s sentimentality. Dellaira’s prose urges you to stop and ingest every word. Love Letters to the Dead will make you cry with the tenderness that Dellaira weaves in each page. The book contains an anguished beauty, which is difficult to find, but an anguish, which fills you rather than leaving you empty.
A captivating and emotionally-charged read, Jasmine Warga’s My Heart and Other Black Holes intelligently treads the lines between humor and tragedy. A treat for fans of Jay Asher and Laurie Halse Anderson, we are introduced to sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel, who is obsessed with plotting her death. But there’s one huge factor impeding her ultimate annihilation: her fear. Aysel hasn’t mustered enough courage to commit the crime, until she discovers a website called Suicide Partners.
When she meets Roman, she believes to have found a solution. As their suicide pact becomes more serious, both teens begin to heal each others wounds and fill the empty spaces in their lives. They are both are plagued by sadness and inescapable family complications, which prevent them from obtaining happiness.
The unexpected prevails. Both members begin to question if their death is what they truly desire.
A powerful meditation of love and its transformative power, Warga instills in us a deep insight into the loss of self-esteem, alienation, isolation, and how one simple word or feel has the power to diminish, such pathos.
Aelin eyed his throat, his glorious body, and the face she had once so fiercely hated. And she wondered if it were possible to love someone enough to die from it. If it were possible to love someone enough that time and distance and death were of no concern.
As a request from one of our followers we checked out Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, and we were pleasantly surprised. If you love the fantasy genre in literature and have an immense love of beautiful words, you will drench yourself in Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, the first book from her series The Wolves of Mercy Falls. Achingly beautiful and sad, Shiver follows the story of Sam’s desperate need to hold on to his last shred of humanity to maintain a relationship with Grace, a human he once saved. Although the book exists in a realm, where werewolves exist, it’s deeper and far more introspective than the expected course of cheesiness.
Of course there’s a vulnerable romance involved, which is deeply emotional and tender. If you want to escape, get out of the real world for a couple of days, pick this up!