I read, constantly. I write up my reviews in the way that I read my books, in short stacks of four…
3. Dear Mr. Knightley – Another novel for Jane Austen fans. This was not as good as Austenland, Eligible, or The Jane Austen Book Club (my favorite Janeite adaptations, but an entertaining read. The most interesting twist was that the heroine was SO damaged, after a life in the foster care system. You really did root for her. The letter writing and romance was a bit contrived, but her relationship with the older couple was beautifully developed and surprisingly touching.
4. Love Letters to the Dead – This novel is everything I was hoping 13 Reasons Why could have been. It’s a responsible, beautifully crafted story of a sister’s grief coping with her sister’s suicide. She gets an assignment, early in the school year to write a letter to a dead person (the teacher is aiming for Lincoln, Washington, or other political figures), but our heroine writes letters all year to famous artists who committed suicide young.-She asks them questions to work through her emotions. She questions Kurt Cobain and Janis Joplin about their music & sorrow, Judy Garland about pressure, Heath Ledger about isolation. As a pop culture aficionado, I loved all the references. While trying to puzzle out their sadness, she unlocks her own. Highly recommend.
Stay tuned for my next review. My next Short Stack will include: The Cheese Heads by Chip Kidd, The Learners by Chip Kidd; The Physics of Everyday Things by James Kakalios: and Dead Men Can’t Complain & Other Stories by Peter Clines.