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Title: Letters To The Lost
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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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."
Review: PUSHING THE LIMITS meets YOU'VE GOT MAIL in this fantastic novel about grief and how we all deal with it differently. You guys, I cannot say enough nice things about this novel. It's the first book I've read all year that I just gobbled up and asked for more. Emotions run high in this book, and I feel like the author did a great job of incorporating the similarities and differences between what Juliet was going through and what Declan was dealing with as well.
First off, I have to talk about the characters and how much I adored them. They're both dealing with loss in their own ways, yet they're also dealing with it together through their letters to one another. While neither has any idea who the other person is, they still somehow support each other and help the other grow. The irony in it all is that they both do know each other from school, and neither is a fan of the other. On top of that, you have their best friends Rowan and Rev, who are pretty much the most amazing friends anyone could ask for.
There were so many moments in the book where I just kept saying to myself "How do these people not realize the person they're talking to is right in front of them?", but then I realized I probably wouldn't have been able to see what was right in front of me either.
The family dynamics in this book were also very interesting. Though the novel centers around Juliet and Declan's grief, you also get glimpses of what their parents are going through and how they've dealt (and are still dealing with) their pain. My favorite of the parents were definitely Rev's. They play a small part in the book, but you can see how blessed he is to have been adopted by such loving people and how it played a role in his character.
This book very much has the underlining message of never judging someone based on rumors, and always giving people a chance. You never know what someone is going through. I highly recommend LETTERS TO THE LOST to fans of PUSHING THE LIMITS, SAVING JUNE, and THE SURVIVAL KIT.
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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3/28: Teen Lit Rocks - You've Got Mail Feature
3/29: Love Is Not a Triangle - Review
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4/4: Alexa Loves Books - Review
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4/6: Bookhounds YA - Review
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