Oh my, the cover is so pretty! What a beautiful setting. The hues mix in perfectly with the girl’s outfit. Anyways, enough with the judgmental opinions about books—let’s get on with the real review.
Laurel is taken aback by the incident. All these years she had lived in her sister’s shadow, looking up to her as a role model. But now, she has only her letters to the dead to keep her company.
Writing letters to dead people. It’s such an amazing concept (all books are amazing, but don’t you think talking to the dead seems cool?) Every chapter is actually a letter dedicated to a popular person who is not in the world anymore. The unnerving thing is that most of these people died either of drug overdose and suicide, like Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.
The writing is very deep and thoughtful, and the meanings of the phrases are dipped heavily with maturity. That is strange because Laurel, the main character, is actually immature. It seems unbelievable that a young girl can write in that manner. The book, although a debut novel, is well-written and portrays the skills of a good author. It isn’t a novel that compels you to flip the pages at 100 mph, but it isn’t boring either.
As for the characters—they are okay. I felt like they did not have a chance to develop properly. They needed more depth, and volume to their personalities, to make them more real, if not relatable.
Favourite Quote: “You think you know someone, but that person always changes, and you keep changing, too. I understood it suddenly, how that’s what being alive means. Our own invisible plates shifting inside of our bodies, beginning to align into the people we are going to become.”
It’s not a book that will immediately be loved by every reader. Nor is it one that can be called a favourite, at least by my standards. But it is something worth reading, and I advise that you should. You really should.