by Brigid Kemmerer
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Publication Date: April 4th 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Review Copy
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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. (Goodreads)
When Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer arrived on my doorstep one afternoon, I was intrigued. After reading up on the book, I was even more intrigued, and I decided to add it to my TBR, to be read as soon as possible. I'm so glad I did this. I'm so glad I read the book. I really, really enjoyed it!
I read Letters to the Lost in just two days time, and I was absolutely hooked to the story. The storyline was definitely engrossing, and relatable as well. I feel like I've read a lot of books that have dealt with death lately, and they all totally take on different approaches to them. I love this. These are the books that readers will read and be able to relate to. And it's not just about death. It's also about finding yourself and learning to take your own path, and knowing that there is always hope, even when things feel completely hopeless.
There are a lot of characters to like in Letters to the Lost, including the two main characters, Juliet and Declan. The story is told from their alternative perspectives, and I love that it is told this way, as we really get to know both characters so well. Both have had loss and tragedy in their lives, and learning their stories made me just want to give them the biggest hugs ever. There are some really great secondary characters as well, including Declan's best friend, Rev, who I totally want to know more about. (And we will, next year, when the companion novel to Letters to the Lost, titled More Than We Can Tell, comes out! I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!)
Overall; Letters to the Lost is the first book I've read by Brigid Kemmerer, but it definitely will not be my last! I love that the story completely grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go. I need more books like this in my life. Do check it out!