It begins as an assignment for English class: write a letter to a dead person.
Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to the dead to people like Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating the choppy waters of new friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time, and, most important, trying to grieve for May. But how do you mourn for someone you haven t forgiven?
It's not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself that she can finally accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was lovely and amazing and deeply flawed can she truly start to discover her own path.
In a voice that's as lyrical and as true as a favorite song, Ava Dellaira writes about one girl's journey through life's challenges with a haunting and often heartbreaking beauty.
About the Author
Ava Dellaira is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. She grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago. She believes this book began when she bought her second album ever Nirvana s In Utero which she listened to on repeat while filling the pages of her journal. She currently lives in Santa Monica, California, where she works in the film industry and is writing her second novel.
Julia Whelan, a former child actress best known for her award-winning work on ABC's "Once and Again", has won multiple "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and was named one of "AudioFile" magazine's Best Voices of 2010. Her "flawless" narration of Jandy Nelson's "The Sky Is Everywhere" earned a place in the first round of 2011 Grammy nominations for Best Spoken Word Album.