Laurel's English teacher assigns her class to write a letter to a dead person. So Laurel picks Kurt Cobain, her late sister's favorite musician. She tells him how much May loved him and how things are going now that there's a giant hole in her life. She doesn't want to talk about May with her parents or her new friends, so the dead will have to listen. Before long her notebook is full of letters to Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and e.e. cummings.
As she makes new friends, she adds their deceased heroes to her list of letter recipients. But as long as she keeps being unable to talk to a living person, the sadness just keeps building inside of her. How long before she's too filled with grief and explodes?
This is a perfect books for fans of Jandy Nelson and Gayle Forman who want a little extra 90s grunge along with their feels.
WATCH THAT: My So Called Life
Since Laurel and her two best friends are so in to Nirvana and dressing with a 90s style aesthetic, I have the feeling they might be checking out these dvds from their local library.
But also, if there's anyone who could identify with Laurel's insecurities about which friends are the kind who won't stab you in the back and how to get the boy you like to notice you, it's Angela Chase. This series dealt frankly with teen problems and never talked down to their teen audience. It's a CRIME that it only lasted one season!