Letters to the Lost

Letters to the LostLetters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on April 4th 2017
Pages: 400
ISBN: 1681190087
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three-half-stars

“Me Too” are words we are currently hearing a lot t in the media, and these two words also pack a powerful punch in this book.

Juliet Young has always written letters to her mother who traveled the world as a s photojournalist. When her Mother dies, Juliet continues writing her letters without thinking the letters will ever be answered. Then one day a letter was answered with two words “Me Too”

Two simple words that have a lot of meaning. Just who has answered back and why?

Declan Murphy finds a letter left on a grave, curious he reads it and decides to answer back. Because he can relate to what is written. He is surprised when he gets an answer back.

Neither Juliet nor Declan know who the other is, they never write their names on their letters. Not knowing who the other person they are writing to makes it easier for both open up and share their thoughts and feelings but what they don’t know is that they have met.

This book is YA but is easily enjoyed by all. Juliet is the good girl and Declan is the “bad boy”. But is this your typical good girl-bad boy book? I liked how the Author shows how our perceptions of others can get in the way of our interactions with them. just because someone does something wrong, does that make them bad for life or just someone who made a mistake? If someone is quiet and sullen is it because they are cold and indifferent, or could it be because they are in pain or suffering? What happens when you build and invisible wall around yourself and begin to let someone inside your barriers, when you let someone see your true self?

This book is also not your typical YA romance because both characters are dealing with grief. They both have sadness and loss in their lives. Both are trying to cope in their own way while silently reaching out to the other through their letters.

Some of the book is a little clich̩ Рtroubled bad boy with evil step-parent but that is easily overlooked in lieu of plot. I liked how this book dealt with grief, family issues, setting aside your boundaries, showing who you really are, being vulnerable, acceptance, trust, second chances, friendship, and young love.

three-half-stars

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