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Monday, March 27, 2017

LETTERS TO THE LOST // Review and Giveaway

Review by Andye

LETTERS TO THE LOST
by Brigid Kemmerer
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (April 4, 2017)
Language: English
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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.

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Guys, I don't read a lot of contemporary books. Especially ones that have "issues". I mean, I read to escape and be happy, so this was what I considered a risk. But a good friend of mine, Jen, just raved about it, so I decided to pick it up. I am SO glad that I did.

This book reminded me a lot of You've Got Mail (Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks) with angsty teens. I love stories like this where two people are connecting in different ways, and they don't even know who the other one is. It just gives me SO many feels! But I'd say that this book dives so much further, emotionally, than other stories that are similar. The things that Juliet and Declan have had to deal with in their lives, have brought them to this broken place, and they're learning to navigate their lives as completely new people.

One of the things that I adored about this book was the relationships of all the characters, whether good or bad. Their families are complex, and sometimes painful. The friendships are multidimensional and loyal. My favorite connection, besides Juliet and Declan of course, is the one between Declan and Rev. I just LOVE them! Their friendship is goals, and I can't wait to see more of Rev when he gets his own book (IT'S HAPPENING!!)

Of course with all the ups and downs of this story, what I enjoyed the most was the developing romance between Juliet and Declan. They both are dealing with so much pain, and they begin to help each other, without even realizing who they are. What makes the tension crazy, though, is the fact that they really don't like each other in real life. They have to get over their misconceptions and prejudices. Although in real life, I think maybe Declan might need a little therapy before he starts a relationship (haha), in this fictional world, I just wanted them to save each other, and for them to live happily ever after.

Giveaway:

3 Finished Copies of LETTERS TO THE LOST (US Only)

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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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3/27: Reading Teen - Review
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