{ARC REVIEW} Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

{ARC REVIEW} Letters to the Lost by Brigid KemmererLetters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: April 4th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: e-ARC
Source: NetGalley
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

Goodreads

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.

Quick Thoughts and Rating: 4.5 stars! Some times there are books that just speak directly to your heart, and this was one of those books for me. Emotionally engaging and heavy-hitting with the angst, Letters to the Lost kept me glued to its pages and rooting for its characters the entire time.

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♥ Review: I couldn’t–nor did I even want–to set this book down. I neglected all my adult responsibilities yesterday and just curled up on the couch with this amazing story until I was clutching it tightly to my chest and brushing away the lingering tears on my cheeks when I reached the end. I’ve seen the author’s name floating around the book community for some time now, but this was the first time that I felt really compelled to pick up one of her books, particularly because I fell in love with its premise but especially after so many of my trusted blogger friends started giving it rave reviews. Now I’m certainly glad I trusted my instincts because this book was beautifully, thoughtfully delivered. I connected to both the main characters, rooted for them as individuals and certainly as a couple. I believe Kemmerer did an amazing job of tackling loss, the heartache that comes with it, and people’s perceptions of an individual based on the “snapshot” they give the world. I also think she did an exceptional job of giving us such incredibly multifaceted characters. Through their email exchanges, interactions, and dual narratives, I felt like I got a tremendous grasp of who they were. She made them easily relatable, and even when I didn’t necessarily like their actions at times, I always liked them as people. Ms. Kemmerer captured the inherent flaws in humanity so perfectly.

With so much to love about this book, I was kind of disappointed in the way the book ended, but not so much so that it affected my overall enjoyment of it. I’ll easily admit to being a greedy reader and while I appreciated the arc of the journey these two made together to finally <i>getting</i> together, I can’t lie and say that I wouldn’t have loved just one more chapter to bask in them finally having each other completely and actually being a couple. That said, it was a thrill to watch them come to the terms they did and see how it all happened.

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 Teaser Quote: 

“…I feel like everyone is waiting for me to get over her death. My own best friend started quoting a book about the stages of grief last week, like I should be on some kind of schedule.

In a way, I know she’s right. I’m stuck in this rut of anger and pain and loss, but the more people try to drag me out of it, the more I feel determined to dig my heels in and cling to the grooves in the dirt.”

– quote taken from the eARC of Letters to the Lost at 26%

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Book Rating Breakdown
Cover
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Writing
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Pacing
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
General Book Feels
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Brooding level of the hero
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Cute, Fuzzies, Flutters
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Angst Me So Good
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

 Rec It? Yes, yes, yes! It was emotional, angsty, swoony, and I was hooked from the start. Now I find out that another character, Rev (who I became really attached to in this book), is getting to share his own story and I need it immediately!

 A very special thanks to Bloomsbury USA Childrens and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this title.

*Disclaimer: An e-copy of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

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Posted March 27, 2017 by christina2227 in Alternating POVs, ARC, Awesome Heriones, Brooding bad boy, Contemporary, Flail inducing, Gorgeous Covers, Guy POV, Holy Angst Batman, Literal LOL Moments, Net Galley, Reviews, Romance, Stand Alone, Top Shelf Books, Young Adult / 4 Comments

4 responses to “{ARC REVIEW} Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

    • RIGHT!? I’m just holding out hope that we’ll get to see them sickeningly in love (aka lots of kissing) in Rev’s book, which Brigid Kemmerer informed me comes out March 2018 titled More Than We Can Tell.

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  1. I have this one on my TBR list. I’ve heard so many great things about it. I’m going to have to pick it up one of these days. I know what you mean by wishing you had just a little more in the end. I love when books have just a little more in the epilogue, it really seal the HEA feeling for me. Great review

    • That’s it exactly! Like, I appreciate the long journey it took to get to the HEA, but damn it, I want to bask in them being together for just a little bit longer before I have to close the book and start the journey over with a whole new set of characters, haha.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I hope you adore it just as much as I did if you ever pick it up!

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