Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Book Review - Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

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Review by Suze

 Juliet's mother traveled a lot because of her job. Juliet used to exchange letters with her and after the awful accident that killed her mother she keeps writing them and takes them to the cemetery. When one day someone replies to her letter Juliet is upset at first, but the writer seems to understand her. That's why Juliet writes back. She has no idea who the person behind the letters is, but they don't stop exchanging them. The last thing Juliet expects is that she's writing to someone she knows well.

Declan is doing community service at the cemetery. He lost control one night and he's paying dearly for it. Something is broken inside of him, but writing to Juliet helps him heal. They don't know who they're trusting with their secrets. What will happen when they find out? Declan and Juliet go to the same school and Declan doesn't have a good reputation. Will Juliet give him a chance to explain himself and discover what he's really like or will she write him off based on gossip?

Letters to the Lost is an impressive love story. Declan and Juliet have both lost someone they love. They're mourning and are dealing with plenty of guilt. My heart ached for both of them. They're really young and have to shoulder so much responsibility already. When they start writing they've finally found someone they can open up to. They understand each other and could use the support and friendship. As they know each other well it's bound to come out who's behind their aliases and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen to their relationship afterwards. I read the book in one sitting because I was curious and too moved to stop at the same time.

Brigid Kemmerer writes about loss in a raw and empathic way. Letters to the Lost is a fast-paced story with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. It's an emotional book about parents who are constantly falling short. This is a sad topic, but because of the beautiful friendship Declan and Juliet are forming there's also light. Letters to the Lost is a great multilayered book. The story is compelling, meaningful and thought-provoking.

Advice

If you like deep emotional love stories Letters to the Lost would be an excellent choice.

19 comments:

  1. I've not heard of this! It sounds AMAZING! Declan and Juliet sound like a couple to root for. :)

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  2. I've been wondering about this one. I suspect I'll need a box of tissues:) I do love the idea of this book.

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  3. It sounds very emotional and a lovely read too.

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  4. Sounds intriguing, thank you. Love your reviews.

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  5. Great review. Love discovering new author.

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  6. Sounds touching!

    --Trix

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  7. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  8. I have seen a lot of good things about this one. I can't wait to read it. I am due for a good emotional read! I like that she hits the raw emotions as well I feel it makes it feel more real. Great review!

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  9. Thank you for your honest review, it's much appreciated!

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  10. I've been hearing of this book a lot, but now I know I definitely need to put it on my TBR list! Thanks for sharing your lovely thoughts with us.

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  11. It seems like a kind of sad story.

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  12. The blurb for Letters to the Lost is riveting, as so many of us have lost loved ones & struggled to recover from the loss. This story of Juliet & Declan reverberate with many of us for that reason. I'm adding this one to my must read list. Thank you for reviewing this book.

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  13. Yes, I do love emotional stories and Teen, too. Thank you for the recomendation.

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  14. Thank you for the wonderful review. It sounds very emotional but I would love to read it. It has a lightness that gives peace ands hope. Thank you for your review and post.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  15. I really like the sound of this book. thanks for the review

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  16. The book sounds like it's going to move me to tears. Would love to read it :)

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  17. This sounds good. Will add on my TBR! :)

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  18. Tissues at the ready for this one!

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