Losing someone is hard. Losing a family member is especially hard. For Laurel, losing her sister was extremely hard because she was there when her sister May died. Add in the fact that she’s not only starting high school, but also a new school all together, and she has hit the extreme angst teenager scale. Her first assignment in English class though, throws things over the top. Write a letter to a dead person
Understandably, Laurel has a little trouble with the assignment, although you wouldn’t know it when she keeps writing letters to get her feelings out. Through these letters, everything that has happened since even before her sister’s death starts to come out, especially that she feels responsible.
I wanted to like this book. Seriously. It was written really well. The characters were fantastic. The story line was just the right amount of depressing and uplifting while still being a coming of age story. But…the whole time I was reading it I had this feeling that I had read this kind of story before. Person writing letters after a tragic event, trying to fit in with new friends, and at a new school…
It was The Perks of Being a Wallflower, just instead of having Charlie writing letters to some unnamed person it was a girl writing letters to dead people.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. This book was good, I just felt like it was too much a duplicate of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Bookshelf worthy? Support your local library!