Letters to the Lost Review

Title: Letters to the Lost
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Not Applicable
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Publication Date: 06 April 2017
Source: Jonathan Ball Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pages: 393
Rating: 5 Stars
Reading Timeline: 12 July 2017 - 15 July 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:

Juliet Young has always written 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 resit writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But nether of them knows that they're not actually strangers. When real life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart. 

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

I am ready to have my heart ripped out, torn apart and put together again. It is a journey I don't mind taking.  I've heard nothing but good things about this book by people who's opinion I trust. And I cannot wait to jump into this book. Wish me luck.

Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball Publishers for sending me a copy of this book. If I could give you the world at this point I would. You guys have been so good to me! Just a small little disclaimer for those reading this review. I received this book for free. No money from my pocket was spent in getting this book. Please note that in no way does this affect my opinion. All thoughts still remain my own.
Writing Thoughts:

The writing in this book was incredible. It drew you in and held you close, never seeming to have the intention of letting go. The writing was also very easy to get into, there was such a great flow to the over all story and you could see that the author was enjoying the story as she writing it. The letters and the emails were perhaps one of my favourite touches in this book. Each character had their own and unique voice. It was great because you would never get confused between the two.

Plot Thoughts:

I knew what the ending was. I knew that what I wanted to happen, would happen eventually. But every time something drove the two characters apart, I couldn't help but think what if it never happens. What if what I read wasn't true and just a figure of my imagination.

I don't typically read contemporary. But this book makes me want to pick up all of the contemporary books out there and smother them. The story was relatable and completely accessible. I guarantee that there is at least one thing that you can relate to. The story was fast paced and highly addictive. I couldn't have asked for a better plot.

Character Thoughts:

These characters stole my heart. I might not have liked Rowan as much as I like the other characters but I wish that they were real. And that I could be friends with them. All of these characters have flaws that aren't over bearing. Instead they are small things that eat away at the characters minds. This is what convinces me that they are real and highly accessible. I have never related so much to a character than in this book. 

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I thought that this book was amazing. I couldn't put it down and when I had to, it was with much distain. The characters were well developed and the plot along with the writing was absolutely addicting. You can be sure that I will be finding some more of Kemmerer's books in the future! This is one contemporary that you do not want to miss out on. This book has made my heart soar, crash and start to take flight again. Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball Publishers for sending me a copy to review. It is now one of my most prized books!

Yours in Reading,



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