My rating: 1 of 5 stars
SIGH. A big nope from me… A Perks copy that just felt cheap. I wouldn’t have minded such an overlap in content because this shit unfortunately happens to a lot of teens, but the writing style and voice of the MC were way too similar. Ava worked as an associate producer on the Perks movie and wrote a lot of the book while working on that, so umm, yeah……..
95% of these were just letters, not love letters. So Letters to the Dead then… A lot of the letters were just “this is my current situation” and the intended recipient seemed like an after-thought that wasn’t actually connected to the letter or what was happening in Laurel’s life at the time. And this really disappointed me because if you’re going to write an epistolary novel, the letters had better have a huge significance and actually be necessary. But here they felt like diary entries with minimal connections to the dead people who she could have actually really connected to. (I’m not even going to touch the “music is super important to me and my friends” connection between this and Perks. Nope.)
I didn’t give a shit about any of the characters. They made the same stupid mistakes over and over and over again. Does it really take that long to learn from your mistakes?? There weren’t any teenagers featured that had their shit even a little bit together, and I find it really hard to believe that not a single teacher or parent of this large number of messed up teens noticed that they were living such shitty and destructive lives. Like mkay then…
Laurel said a lot of stupid shit that a 15-year-old would have no clue about, like “it wasn’t just the typical college guy party with a keg of beer.” How the actual hell would she know what a typical college party is when a) she’s not in college and has not been to a college party and b) she just started partying a month ago with her new friends?? She’s such a people pleaser, even with her aunt, who is a grown ass woman who should not have to be tiptoed around by her niece.
I only kept reading because at 30% I thought “it has to get better right??” and then at 60% I thought “how many more stupid decisions can get packed in here??” So I kept reading and I swear only maybe the last 8 letters or so actually meant anything to me. I kept going solely for the train wreck that is these characters.
The only thing that stood out to me was the Amelia Earhart quote of There’s more to life than being a passenger and that wasn’t written by this author, so that concludes how I feel about this book. *rant over*