Why “Love Letters to the Dead” is the best YA novel of the year

Ava Dellaria is a Goodreads author who has certainly changed the young adult game by writing “Love Letters to the Dead”.

The book is the story of Laurel, whose English assignment is to pick any dead person and write a letter to them. She chooses to write about Kurt Cobain, the late lead singer of the band Nirvana. She chooses Cobain because her dead sister May loved him. She realizes just how therapeutic it is to write about what has happened with her, and what is happening to her in the form of letters.

The result is a book so full of emotions, it will leave you speechless. The book is about a young girl who is coming of age, while dealing with the mysterious death of her older sister, and learning about the people in her life.

Best YA Novel of 2014

This book stands out, more so than any other young adult novel this year. It deals with issues so deep, so troubling,that many adult novels choose to veer away from them. The characters are deep, and extremely flawed, which makes the story that much richer and that much more real.

The book deals with much darker ideas- substance abuse, loss of a loved one, sexuality, and much more. It will certainly introduce a number of children and young adults to many complicated issues in a straightforward, honest way. It is certainly the most complicated, most well-written YA book of the year.

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Why Young Adult Books Matter

You might have read a lot of discussions regarding young adult books on the internet. After all, none of them can particularly be considered high literature. Catcher in the Rye is literature- The Fault in Our Stars is just a book for teenagers, right?

I would like to disagree.

The best young adult novels

As a mother of two young girls, I know just how much books and the characters in these books affect them. I am aware of how they draw inspirations from books and how the themes of these novels they devour change their life.

We might not be able to see the subtle lessons a lot of these young adult novels teach those who love reading them. Some of them are rather shallow, I’ll agree. But some others deal with incredibly deep problems such as friendship, love, death or even how to deal with issues such as bullying.

Of course, we might believe that parents will be able to teach their children all they need to know about these matters. However, we are forgetting that when you directly as children to do something, or react in a particular way, they feel the need to rebel. Books act as a middle ground, a way of teaching kids thing, but in a way that is natural and not forced.

A lot of other people might not feel this is true, but as far as I’ve seen, it’s true. And this is why I love to read young adult fiction myself.