letters to authors // 03

(You can read the previous Letters to Authors posts here + here.)

It's a bit meta to write letters about novels written in letters, but epistolary novels (going back to the Liberty Letters series which I read as a ten-year-old) have pretty much always interested me. I grew up loving letter-writing and at one point had three or four penfriends (I know, I'm crazy). The epistolary genre has grown to include stories told through diaries, e-mails, text messages, documents or a mix of all of the above. This is an appreciation post for the authors who have created some of my recent favourites. (And do share your favourite epistolary novels in the comments; I am always looking for me.)
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To Brigid Kemmerer: Thank you for the graveyards, cameras, and broken-down cars of Letters to the Lost. Declan and Juliet (and Rev and Rowan) slipped into my heart as naturally as their stories slipped between letters and emails and prose and back again. I loved seeing these characters confront their pasts in all their painful honesty. For a snarky, a little dark, and altogether a satisfyingly lovely read, thanks a bunch! From me. xo

To Mary Ann Shaffer + Annie Burrows: At the time I read this, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, in bed with a cold, it was precisely the read I needed. I could see the Guernsey countryside, taste the potato peel pie, and hear the discussions of the literary society members. Thank you for bringing a little known history to life and for authors as relateable main characters. From me. xo

To Amie Kaufman + Jay Kristoff: Illuminae goes down as one of the most creative and plot-twistingly insane novels I have ever read. It's beautiful (the illustrations as well as the characters) and sarcastic and INSANE. I loved every minute of my less-than-twenty-four-hours-long rollercoaster ride across the galaxy. Generally I'm not a sci-fi nerd, but I cannot wait for the rest of this series. Thanks for that. From me. xo

To Jaclyn Moriarty: Thank you for writing Feeling Sorry for Celia. Thank you for thought-letters (which I think are genius) and a whimsical way with words, for the complexities and craziness of relationships and real life. Elizabeth and Christina, by the way, are what the best YA friendships are made of. From me. xo


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