One of Kate's favorite books she read was Love Letters to the Dead, by Ava Dellaria. In this book, a debut novel for the author, Laurel's class receives an English assignment to write a letter to a dead person. This assignment helps Laurel come to terms with, and eventually heal from, her older sister's recent death.
"This was an amazing contemporary book that reminded me a lot of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I really enjoyed the letter format it was written in and the growth of the main character, Laurel. Laurel's sister was her role model, and when she died, Laurel had to find her own way in the world. The way she found herself in this novel was beautiful, and the conclusion really exposed the new Laurel. I also really liked Laurel's friends in this book. I think they really helped her cope and really added to this book overall. I loved this book and want to read more by Ava Dellaria." --Kate Marsh
Kate ended up choosing Love Letters to the Dead because of a review she read on Goodreads. She would absolutely recommend it.