Letters To The Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: This one will probably have to be a shorter review from me. I may cry the whole time writing it. I basically cried most of the time reading it.
We are introduced to Juliet who lost her mother. She visits the cemetery and leaves her mom a note. Because she always wrote her mom notes. She’s dealing with her death the best way she knows possible. But when someone responds to the note, it's a whirlwind of emotions for Juliet. That was a private note, why would anyone even write back?
We also meet a boy named Declan who is a loner. He’s a good guy, but doesn’t have the best past. People are afraid of him. I fell for him from the start. He was such a good character and I just knew he had a big heart.
They start to communicate back and forth. They have both been through so much.
This story is so raw and beautiful. But if you’ve lost a parent I do believe it makes it just so much more emotional. I’ve lost both parents now. And its rough. I could feel everything Juliet was feeling. I could see the pain. I could feel the pain.
Overall: If you like contemps, this one should be on your read list this year. It was addicting and beautiful, yet it made me cry. It made me happy seeing how much they start to care for each-other, but it’s also heartbreaking to see Juliet go through everything she has. Add this to your TBR now!!!! I’d definitely give this one 5 cupcakes!
Cover: Honestly, I probably would pick this one up once I read the back. I just don’t think the cover gives it justice!!!!
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