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Juliet was not ready to say goodbye to her mother, even though it seemed everyone thought it was time she did. She idolized her mom. She missed her terribly. And she blamed herself for her mother’s death.
She couldn’t be the friend she used to be. She couldn’t do the things she used to. All she had was her pain and the connection she had with her mom through the letters she wrote and left at her gravesite.
Declan was angry all the time. He couldn’t stand the fact that his mother remarried and he despised the man she was married to. He hated being judged by people that didn’t even know him. And he detested his court-ordered community service.
His dad may be the one in prison, but he was just as responsible for what happened to his sister and he was being tormented by the guilt. His best friend couldn’t understand what he was going through and his mother didn’t seem to care. But when he reads a letter that had been left on a grave, he thinks he might have found someone who does.
Brigid Kemmerer has done an exceptional job of creating empathetic and relatable characters whose anguish can be felt and understood. Juliet and Declan are both so very lost and can’t find a way through their pain. They both blame themselves for their losses and are riddled with guilt. They are barely coping. They can’t accept their new realities. And alone they aren’t strong enough to fix what’s broken in themselves. But together, through their letters, they might be.
LETTERS TO THE LOST is a love story. But first and foremost it’s a story about letting go, about trust, about asking for help, about being brave enough to find and face the truth, and about having the courage to go on living.
It is tough and messy and one heck of an emotional rollercoaster. It is heartrending and courageous and brilliantly executed. It’s an exquisite and riveting and deeply affecting read that will be instantly likable and unputdownable.
But there's so much more happening here. This book is also about acceptance and appearances and the disconnect between expectation and reality—how we sometimes judge before we understand, or fulfill the expectations others have of us, without even wanting to. It's about how we see one another, and how we see ourselves, and it's about what happens when we come to know someone and ourselves when we remove all that baggage.
Juliet and Declan are able to bare their souls to a stranger more easily than those who love them most—and it connects them at a level that is visceral for the reader. You root for Juliet and Declan as they create a safe place in their secret world, even while you bite your fingernails knowing it cannot last. What happens when their private world collides with real life will keep you on the edge of your seat and maybe, if you're a softie like me, shedding a few tears. (I wasn't yelling at the characters... YOU were yelling at the characters.)
I tore through this book in less than a day. The pacing kept me racing through and ignoring a bunch of things I was supposed to be doing. But I'm not sorry. It's fantastic writing and even all the supporting characters are really well drawn and human. Any one of them could carry their own novel. (I'm very much hoping to see more from Declan's best friend Rev, soon.)
If you're looking for a touching, fun and engaging story of love and redemption with characters that will having you thinking about them days later—this is a great book for you. Buy it!
Juliet and Declan's story grabbed me from the very first page. I found myself saying "just one more chapter" again and again and again, only to find myself 50 or 100 pages further into the book. My favorite part was how real the characters became in the space of just a few lines - their pain, their vulnerability, their hope, all of it. You're not only rooting for them as a potential couple but as individuals who desperately need healing separately, too.
In fact, I just all around loved that the romance (though strong) wasn't the focus of the story. That we get to know their families, their friends, their teachers, mentors, etc, and that each one of them feels as real as the two leads. Our lives aren't made up of one person, they're made up of a dozen people, all of whom have roles to play.
LETTERS TO THE LOST reminds us that sometimes people let us down, but that doesn't mean that we get to stop trying, or stop digging beneath the snapshot they present the world. Not if they matter to us. Because the only way to heal, to move forward, is to truly understand that although everyone has flaws, and makes mistakes, everyone also has the potential to surprise us in the best way possible.
I loved it. 100%.
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