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Book Review: The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros

Beckett,

If you’re reading this, well, you know the last-letter drill. You made it. I didn’t. Get off the guilt train, because I know if there was any chance you could have saved me, you would have.

I need one thing from you: get out of the army and get to Telluride.

My little sister Ella’s raising the twins alone. She’s too independent and won’t accept help easily, but she has lost our grandmother, our parents, and now me. It’s too much for anyone to endure. It’s not fair.

And here’s the kicker: there’s something else you don’t know that’s tearing her family apart. She’s going to need help.

So if I’m gone, that means I can’t be there for Ella. I can’t help them through this. But you can. So I’m begging you, as my best friend, go take care of my sister, my family.

Please don’t make her go through it alone.

Ryan

Review

The Last Letter is a book by Rebecca Yarros. I had already read some of her books before I read this book, but strangely enough they were always translations.

I thought those books were okay, just okay. I actually thought this book would be the same and didn’t even want to read it first. But everywhere I suddenly came across this book and I heard good stories about it. Now I’m soon curious what the hype is about with a book and so I started reading.

Here and there I had already collected some ‘spoilers’, so I already suspected that it would be intense. Maybe it would become an ugly cry. In the vast majority of the book that was not too bad. Sometimes I just had to swallow or I wanted to give Ella or Beckett the main characters a hug (but mostly Ella), but that ugly cry just didn’t come.

The spoilers either, but I knew it and was already waiting for the entire book when it would happen. The whole book hung a kind of threatening dark cloud above me that grew a little bigger every time.

I sobbed, because god, I’m NOT okay.

Till the end. Until the fucking end. Then the cloud broke through and it became a wet mess. I believe I’ve read the last 10% percent sobbing, because god, I’m NOT okay. But then really not. There I wanted to hug Ella and Beckett to death.

I think it’s great that as a reader you feel how they break and that you break with it. Both in their own way. I thought it was the best part of the book, because you can feel those pure emotions so well there. Really very cleverly written.

Ella and Beckett certainly come to life for me and especially at the end. Their despair, sorrow, but also their love is bursting from the pages. To me they feel like real people that you can touch and laugh with.

As far as I’m concerned, The Last Letter is definitely the best of Rebecca Yarros so far. Immediately also the most pathetic, because I did not cry with the rest. But with this book it was impossible not to. Or you are a heartless person, that’s possible too. In this book I thought the drama level was perhaps a little too high. Some things I would have done differently.

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