Title: Letters to the Lost
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Release Date: April 6th 2017
Published by Bloomsbury
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary
Thank you Bloomsbury for sending me an early digital copy in exchange for a honest review.
After reading the summary of Letters to the Lost on Goodreads I was very intrigued and excited to read this book.
Info: Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-travelling 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.
Letters to the lost deals with many sensitive subjects that I believe are very important and need to be discussed more. I feel like the way Brigid Kemmerer dealt with emotional scenes was amazing and the way she could bring humour into the story made it wonderful to read and I think that the contrast is essential to why this book actually works.
"You can't make your own path with your eyes closed"
I loved the way the relationship between Declan and Juliet starts in a completely different place from where it ends. If you enjoy slow burning, relationships that are full of angst and that are actually done well, you will love this book! The friendships were so well written and you get to see both female and male friendships and how they actually stick together and support each other no matter what. That is one of my favourite things about the entire book. Rev's character was very intriguing and the one thing I was a little disappointed about was that we didn't get to see more of him, but I've seen that there may possibly be a companion novel coming centred around his character so I'm super excited for that!
The character progression is amazing and I don't feel like there was ever a moment while I was reading it that I got bored. The plot just kept moving and went in directions I was not expecting. I really found it refreshing how we got to see through both of the main protagonists eyes so clearly and got to see exactly what the characters were thinking. I also found it really easy to distinguish who's point of view I was reading from and that on its own made the story flow together amazingly well. The plot of this book is very character driven so if you don't enjoy that in a book then you may not enjoy this, but if you do I would highly recommend it. I really found that it worked and overall found it very enjoyable.
I will definitely be picking up a physical copy upon its release because I loved this book so much!