Review: Letters to the Lost

Letters to the Lost

 

I was not prepared for this book. I thought I was but it caught me off guard. It surprised me and shattered my heart.

Short recap: Juliet writes letters to her mother that recently passed away. Declan tends the cemetery where Juliet’s mother is buried. He discovers the letters and starts writing back – but neither knows who the other is. The most beautiful friendship blossoms from writing to a mysterious person and they turn out to be exactly what the other person needs.

What stood out to me the most about this novel were the characters. They were both terribly flawed and that made them feel more real. They were both grieving for someone they lost and they were handling it differently. One acted out in rebellious ways while the other chose to internalize the pain. Who knew all it would take to help someone deal with the pain was a mysterious friend that shared the same pain and someone to talk to. Now it is no surprise that both characters hated each other in real life but connected over anonymous letters and emails. I did not like Juliet in the beginning because she came across like a spoiled snot. She was rude to nearly everyone she felt was beneath her. That made it very difficult to like her. Thankfully that was short lived after she and Declan started talking. Declan had a rather rough home life so I immediately felt bad for him. How could I not?! His step-dad was a massive POS that needed to go away. Declan was trying to deal with his emotions the best way he could and was getting no help from his family. All of these things and more made these character so much more relatable.

I know some people would say that a story where two people met through a random letter in a cemetery is farfetched, but I believe it could happen. Why not? People have met from wrong dialed phone calls and incorrect email addresses. Anything is possible nowadays and I like the idea of believing something good coming from grief. Kemmerer’s writing style was just beautiful and the words flowed off of the pages. Everything about the plot worked. The pacing was on point along with the ending of the story. It was not rushed or unresolved. It just… worked.  My heartstrings were tugged and my emotions were overflowing by the time I finished this one. Man, I’m even tearing up now as I write this review.

I was hesitant to start this as I had not had a good run of luck with books recently. They all let me down within the first 50 pages so I went in with low expectations. Boy was I wrong! I felt all of the feels with this. If it hasn’t already been placed on your TBR, please add it now. It is a powerful story that is more than a YA contemporary read. It deals with heavy, serious topics but does so in a way that feels organic. Please, give this book a chance. Your heart will thank you.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Lucky In Love

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

 

Lucky In Love by Kasie West

Lucky in Love

 

 

From Goodreads:

“In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.

Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.”

 

Kasie West is an instabuy for me so you have to know I’m super excited to read her new story. Is this on your TBR?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Letters to the Lost

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

 

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Letters to the Lost

 

 

From Goodreads:

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. ”

 

Have you heard of this one? I cannot wait to read this story!

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