I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
on April 4, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.
Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.
When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer jumped onto my radar after seeing some wonderful reviews from other bloggers. I promptly added to my TBR and I’m so glad I did. It was almost impossible to put down once I started it.
Letters to the Lost is about 2 teens dealing with the pain of losing a loved one. Juliet has recently lost her mother. To cope she’s been leaving letters to her mother on her grave. Declan finds them and writes back. The sets the stage for an ansty and emotional romance that I couldn’t get enough of. I liked both Juliet and Declan. They were strong characters with a lot of depth. Declan came across as your typical YA bad boy, but he had so much hidden pain. Juliet’s grief still felt so raw. I felt for both of them so much. Even when I felt like I wanted to shake some sense into them at times. They remained so likeable.
Letters to the Lost has quite a bit going on. There’s the communication between the characters, their interactions in real life, huge family problems, friends with their own issues, and school. It sounds like a lot, but everything was woven together so well. I loved all the different layers. The side characters were fantastic and brought a lot to the story. I was so excited to hear that one of the side characters will be getting his own book!
The romance aspects in Letters to the Lost are slow burn and full of emotion. I like it a lot! Declan and Juliet had so much chemistry. There’s also a bit of a hate to love scenario. I’m not always a fan of that, but I really enjoyed watching this play out. I feel like if you’re a fan of the romance and characters in Katie McGarry’s books, you will love this one too.
I pretty much devoured Letters to the Lost. I was expecting a good book, but it definitely surpassed my expectations. This was a fantastic emotional contemporary. I can’t wait to read more from Brigid Kemmerer!
ABOUT BRIGID KEMMERER:
BRIGID KEMMERER is author of LETTERS TO THE LOST (Bloomsbury; April 4, 2017), a dark, contemporary Young Adult romance; THICKER THAN WATER (Kensington, December 29, 2015), a New Adult paranormal mystery with elements of romance; and the YALSA-nominated Elemental series of five Young Adult novels and three e-novellas which Kirkus Reviews calls “refreshingly human paranormal romance” and School Library Journal describes as “a new take on the supernatural genre.” She lives in the Baltimore area with her husband and four sons.
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