Laurel comes from a divorced household. Her parents don’t get along and her mom is very selfish. Laurel is like every younger sister. She admires and wants to be just like her older sister, May. She envies her spirit and her attitude towards life and love. Like all young kids she doesn’t see the pain behind her sister’s smile. May had issues just like the rest of us. When May started allowing Laurel to hang out with her it made Laurel’s day! They would take trips to the movies together and go to concerts together. That all changed when May met an older guy and they started dating. Gone were the girl dates with just the two of them. May changed. Laurel was just a kid when her world is turned upside down. On one of the “movie dates” with her sister, May left Laurel alone with a strange guy to go off with her boyfriend. This guy was someone May’s boyfriend was friends with and the things he did to Laurel were horrible. He molested her many times. It was heartbreaking to read about. She was just a kid! When Laurel finally got up the courage to tell her sister it was a night that May was already upset and had been drinking. They were at their favorite spot near the river and May fell or jumped in and drowned. Laurel watched helplessly as the one person who she meant the most to her was lost.
Laurel moves to a new school where she thinks no one will know the tragic end to her sister’s life. She meets new friends and even gets herself her own boyfriend. While at this new school one of her teachers gives them an assignment to write a letter to a famous dead person. Laurel writes to so many famous dead people. It’s cathartic to her. She uses the letters as a sort of journal to get out all of her feelings about her life now without May and about the pain that she is in and what’s going on in her world. In real life she’s disconnected with those around her, but in her letters she comes alive and there is so much feeling involved. These letters heal her and show her that it’s ok to know someone who has died because in the end we all do at some point.
This book is a must read.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!