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More Than We Can Tell Hardcover – March 6, 2018
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•Pro: Rev was the biggest draw for me to this book. His past was so painful, and I liked the way Kemmerer slowly revealed those details to us. His past was related to us from multiple people, and I especially loved hearing about it from Kristin, his mom.
•Pro: Kristin and Geoff are just he most wonderful YA parents. I have such an admiration for people, who are able to open their homes and hearts to foster children, especially the ones that are slightly damaged, and really need some healing love. It's so wonderful that Kemmerer brings attention to these kinds of people, and that she created such wonderful characters to represent these people.
•Pro: Emma and Rev were pretty special together. Emma was able to see in Rev what very few people could, and I was so glad they found each other. I also thought that they were very well drawn characters, and I cared about them both.
•Pro: Declan really had the patience of a saint. Rev was struggling in a big way with some things, and Dec was there for him. Through the outbursts and moods, he stood by his side, ready to support him.
•Pro: Speaking of Rev's struggle, his inner turmoil was conveyed so well, and the way it seeped into all parts of his life was very believable. I totally felt his pain through the page.
•Pro: Emma grew a lot over the course of this story. Her whole world got titled on its side, and she was forced to confront certain realities in her home life. She damaged some relationships , and was forced to reflect on her actions and repair the wreckage.
•Pro: We find out the meaning behind Rev's name, and it was pretty cool.
•Con: I liked the ending overall, but I wish we had gotten a little bit more after the BIG thing happened. I just would have liked to have seen more of Rev and Emma as a couple.
•Pro: Kemmerer takes on a bunch of topics in this one: divorce, abuse, the foster system, and cyber bullying, and I thought she wove them all into the story quite well.
•Pro: But, it was a very sweet ending, so I was not upset by any means.
•Pro: Matthew was an interesting addition to this book. He, like Rev, had a horrific past, and I sort of hope we will get a third book in this world that will feature Matthew.
•Pro: This book had some romance, suspense, drama, and humor, which delivered a bunch of feels.
Overall: A beautiful story of connection, family, and the power love has to heal, that really touched my heart.
Like <i>Letters</i>, this book is centered on a developing romance between two people who are going through tough times. Rev, who was taken away from his abusive father at the age of seven, starts receiving messages from him when he turns eighteen. Hearing from his father again after so many years emotionally paralyzes Rev, and he can’t decide how to respond. Rev then meets Emma, who is dealing with her own problems—the implosion of her parents’ marriage and being harassed by a troll through an online game she designed for a school project. The two of them provide support for each other when it feels like they can’t turn to other people in their lives for help, and their feelings grow from there.
Rev’s part of the story is very good. His background is horrific. It’s easy to empathize with his pain and confusion as he has to confront the toxic stew of pain, love, and religion created by his father, who was the charismatic leader of his own church. Rev knows he should reject his father, but the remnants of the love he felt as a child and of his father’s authority as God’s voice make it really difficult for him to follow through. It’s not surprising that he has difficulty shutting the door on his past.
Emma was a little harder for me to take, however. It’s not that she doesn’t have valid problems. The trolling she experiences was sickening to read, and it makes me livid that anyone has to face that kind of thing. It’s also obviously difficult to deal with a marriage that’s cracking up and parents who are so focused on their own lives that they are out of touch with their child. But Emma lashes out at people constantly, even people who don’t have any role in her problems, like Rev and her best friend, Cait. (It’s really not cool to crap all over the things your best friend likes, even if you are having issues.) Emma excuses herself by saying she’s not good with people, but that’s not an excuse for being hateful. And because she is kind of awful so often in the book, it was harder to root for her and Rev to be together as a couple. He just seems too good for her.
Overall, though, this was a decent read, particularly if you enjoyed <i>Letters to the Lost</i> and wanted to know more about Rev.
A copy of this book was provided through NetGalley for review; all opinions expressed are my own.
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Book: More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer – Available now
Rating: 5/5 Stars
This young adult book was very well written and a GREAT...Read more
Feelings After Reading = Love for all these characters especially Rev and Declan, happy at where things ended up.Read more