Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer (Review by Katie – #NerdGirlKtlbly)

Title: Letters to the Lost  

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Published Date: April 4th 2017

Genre:  YA


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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.


***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Katie – #NerdGirlKtlbly’s  Review***
Declan Murphy has a guilty conscious because of his past. His dad’s in prison, his mom’s remarried to a guy who’s a jerk to him, and he’s the reason his baby sister is dead.
Declan has to do community service for running into a building after drinking a bottle of whiskey. He has to mow lawns at a cemetery where he finds a letter leaning on a headstone. Normally he is supposed to throw things like that away but he reads the letter instead and decides to write back.
Juliet Young is sad and lonely because her mom has been dead for a few months, and everyone’s tiptoeing around her waiting for her to work out her grievances and do the things she used to love to do.
Juliet’s mother was a photographer who would take action shots where wars were being held. She was coming home from an assignment when the cab she was in was struck in a hit and run. Juliet feels guilty because she asked her mom to come home early and apparently she was, to surprise her. She used to write letters to her mom all the time when she was away on assignments, so to help her cope, she writes letters and leaves them on her mother’s gravestone. After finding that someone not only read her letter, but also wrote back, she’s furious at first, but curiosity gets the better of her and she starts to write letters to the mystery writer also.
At first they don’t know who they are writing too. The anonymousness of it is just what they both need. Declan can’t talk to his mom because she’s way too involved with her new husband, and Juliet can’t talk to her dad because he’s grieving too and it’s just easier for them to tiptoe around each other. They can voice their issues in a way they never could before and deal with their grief and help each other out sometimes just by reading what was written.
I loved this book. I couldn’t stop reading it because it was so gripping, and had so many twists and turns. You feel so much for these characters. You want them to figure out who the other is, but at the same time you don’t because they come from two separate worlds and you’re not sure how they would react if they figured it out. The way they talk back and forth helps each other so much that it’s exactly what they needed at that time. It had me so emotionally invested and I cared so deeply about both of them that it would affect my mood. This story blew my mind so many times and I cannot recommend it enough.


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