I received this book at no cost from the publisherLetters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on April 4th 2017
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult
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.
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.
Declan (OMG – love that name) finds a letter on a grave where he is doing community service. Declan is thinking his life is going nowhere and once he reads the heartfelt letters from Juliet to her mother, he finds he must write back. Juliet writes the letters in order to cope with the loss of her mother. She is a bit shocked when a stranger replies to her letters and the two begin a correspondence progressing through email.
So now that you have the basis of this book, think You’ve Got Mail with a Katie McGarry flair that will rip your heart out but in a good way. Kemmerer really has a way with words that get right to the point and helps to set up these two young people that have both suffered a great deal. Both characters suffer a loss because of driving, Juliet’s mother in a fatal car accident and Declan is caught driving drunk. So you see the point of him working in the graveyard. Of course with both of them living in the same town, it is possible that the two have previously met. And they have and it wasn’t good.
I know what you are thinking, but how can this possibly be real, you won’t question that theme once you start reading. You might even shed a tear or two at how unfair life is for Declan and even though Juliet seems to have everything in her life all in line, she still doesn’t have what she wants, which is a connection and love. Overall, this is a pretty clean romance that should appeal to all teen that are fans of Katie McGarry or Jennifer Armentrout, but moms, you may want to steal this one.
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