Letters To The Lost by Brigid KemmererLetters To The Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Letters To The Lost

byBrigid Kemmerer

Hardcover | April 4, 2017

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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.

Brigid Kemmerer is the author of Letters to the Lost, More Than We Can Tell, and the YALSA-nominated Elementals series and the paranormal mystery, Thicker Than Water. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland...
Title:Letters To The LostFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.41 × 5.77 × 1.35 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1681190087

ISBN - 13:9781681190082


Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was HOOKED! Brigid Kemmerer has written this book so well! It was so vivid and real - causing me to laugh, cry and smile at so many points throughout the book. I couldn't put the book down once I started. Definitely reccomend if you enjoy reading about young love, heartbreak, family losses and a little bit of mystery intertwined.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is so beautiful!! Highly recommend Letters to the lost gave me some serious feels. It was absolutely beautiful and very emotional. I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved this book. Working long hours at the cemetery for his mandatory community service, Declan finds a letter on a grave. After reading it, he decides to write back. Furious about someone reading her letter to her dead mother, Juliet writes another letter addressing the anonymous writer. Soon the two start talking anonymously and opening up to each other about the difficulties they're facing, slowly helping one another face the challenges and work through their problems. The only problem is that they know each other in person, and they're not exactly a fan of one another. Oh my goodness, the characters, the storyline, everything was just perfect. I can't get over how good this book turned out. At first I was a bit iffy about the characters, they were both great characters but they did little things that made me mad, like how Juliet was very judgemental of Declan and how he couldn't understand that his step-father and mother were trying to help him (even though it wasn't in the best way). But their character development was mind blowing, they went from okay characters to these strong and intelligent characters that you end up falling in love with. These two really help each other be better people, even though they can't see it at first. The story was really captivating. I started this book with a plan to read it slowly over a week, and I ended up reading it in two days. After I hit about 30% in, I could not put the book down. I don't know what it was exactly, but I just could not get myself to stop reading. I was so engrossed in it, that I had to finish the rest before I went to bed. There was lots of action, and some really great twists that even I didn't see coming. After reading this book, I feel like I have to read more from this author. I highly recommend this book, even if you aren't a huge fan of contemporary. It will definitely hit you in the feels, and have you reading all night.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It Very great read. It was a great balance of heart warming and heart breaking. Great story about love and loss. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from what an amazing read! I read this book in two days. Once I started reading, I really could not stop
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer Amazingly written .. I loved each moment of it, I really liked how Declan and Juliet made their own path and found each other despite everything that is happening around them, if you can't find a way, make it .. ahhh just amazing, I love how everything ended on a very good note that is so empowering .. I am soo looking forward for Rev story, I know I will like it because I just love this dude so so much .. most recommended
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer Amazingly written .. I loved each moment of it, I really liked how Declan and Juliet made their own path and found each other despite everything that is happening around them, if you can't find a way, make it .. ahhh just amazing, I love how everything ended on a very good note that is so empowering .. I am soo looking forward for Rev story, I know I will like it because I just love this dude so so much .. most recommended :D
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling and Hopeful Read Letters to the Lost is such a gritty and compelling read. This book captures a lot of emotions and its characters had the best sort of connection. I found myself unable to stop reading- four hundred pages flew by. Juliet and Declan are dealing with major losses in their lives. They're unable to let go and get past the pain until they stumble into an anonymous friendship with each other. They start to slowly heal as unexpected ugly truths surfaced. The mood in the book kept shifting as Ms. Kemmerer reveals one shocker after another. I was unprepared and it made the book super intense and unputdownable (this should totally be a real word, everyone uses it). I love Declan. Sure he can be rash and rude at times but I felt he had incredible depth. He's had to shoulder a heavy burden by himself since a young age. It's no wonder he has temper issues. My heart aches for all that he's had to go through and still put up with in the present. That one seemingly harmless choice should not have had the power to destroy him. Had the right people intervened earlier on Declan would've been a way happier kid. Thank heavens Juliet came into the picture when she did. The romance between Juliet and Declan was slow but packed with feels. They were not the biggest fans of each other at first. I love that as their alter egos, Cemetery Girl and The Dark, communicated more, the interactions between the two in real life increased too. The more they came into contact the more their perspective of each other changed. Best of all neither was blind to the other's familiarity. The gradual development of their feelings was so natural and believable. I really want to see more of them together after everything was sorted out. There's also an excellent support network in Letters to the Lost. The (best) friends, the teacher, coworker and one parent were all very present and attentive. They provided strength and safety for Declan and Juliet when they needed them most. One pair of parents had some major miscommunication and guilt issues at play and even though they made me mad a lot, they were realistic and left me hopeful. Letters to the Lost is my first book by Brigid Kemmerer but it certainly won't be the last. I've heard that Rev, Declan's best friend, will be getting his own book next year so I'm definitely looking forward to that. In the meantime I will probably be looking up Ms. Kemmerer's backlist titles to tie me over until then!
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartfelt & Poignant Juliet Young's mother was a renowned photojournalist who traveled the world documenting countries torn apart by war. Since she was more often thousands of miles away on assignment than not, Juliet got in the habit of exchanging letters with her mom from a young age. And now that her mother is gone, killed in a hit-and-run accident on the way home from the airport months ago, Juliet still continues to write her letters and leave them at her grave. Declan Murphy is doing his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery when he stumbles upon a letter beside a grave. He immediately connects to the haunting words and leaves a reply. At first, Juliet is stunned and angry that someone could read something so personal, and writes back in turn. But soon enough, Juliet and Declan are exchanging letters and emails daily, sharing their fears and secrets and hopes as their connection deepens. Anonymity is both freeing and safe, allowing them to share their most raw thoughts and feelings. But neither Juliet nor Declan are aware they're not actually strangers in real life, that their paths have already crossed in school. Juliet is trusted by her teachers, the good girl going through a tough time. Declan is the troubled bad boy with a reputation, who most have written-off as not going far in life. Juliet feels like nobody understands the depth of her grief, that everyone just wants her to move on. And Declan feels like the world is against him, and it makes him lash out in defense. They're both struggling and trying to cope with their grief, lost in self-recrimination and wishing they could change the past. Sometimes I just really wanted to reach into the pages and give both Juliet and Declan a comforting hug. They each have supportive best friends—Rowan and Rev—who pull them from their melancholy, yet they still feel utterly alone. They don't know how to ask for the help or second chances they desperately need, so they make mistakes and push others away. You just know that Declan and Juliet need to come to terms with everything the hard way as they learn for themselves that sometimes it's the ones we love the most who let us down and cause the most hurt. Heartfelt and poignant, Brigid Kemmerer's Letters to the Lost is a realistic approach to the different ways we experience grief, loss, and healing. I loved the positive and influential roles portrayed by Declan and Juliet's teachers, who were patient and helped their students by recognizing their worth. And even Frank, Declan's "supervisor" at the cemetary, for looking beyond appearances. I wouldn't consider Letters to the Lost a romantic story, yet there is still much friendship and love to be found. I would absolutely recommend the book to fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout, Sarah Dessen and Katie McGarry in a heartbeat. ** I received an ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review. **
Date published: 2017-04-03

Editorial Reviews

"This book is going to fly off the shelves to all teens, but it will hold special interest for those looking for a tear-jerking romance and serious readers of realistic fiction." - VOYA"A great concept, delivered in a compulsively readable package . . . romance readers will stay up late to finish this very satisfying and heartfelt read." - Booklist"Explores the ideas of carving identity out of pain and the way perception colors expectations." - BCCB"Readers will find themselves rooting for the real Declan to win Juliet's heart the same way his online persona did. Consider this tale of modern star-crossed love as a first purchase for YA collections." - School Library Journal