Letters to the Lost Hardcover – 4 April 2017
"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
About the Author
Brigid Kemmerer is the author of Letters to the Lost and the Elementals series. 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, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland.
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- Publisher : Bloomsbury USA Childrens (4 April 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1681190087
- ISBN-13 : 978-1681190082
- Reading age : 14 years and up
- Item Weight : 514 g
- Dimensions : 14.66 x 3.43 x 21.36 cm
Best Sellers Rank:
#404,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #6,611 in Children's Family, Personal & Social Issues (Books)
- #25,647 in Contemporary Romance (Books)
- #38,016 in Children's Literature & Fiction (Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Top reviews from India
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This was the first time I read a book by Brigid Kemmerer and God I can't help but be glad that I picked it up and read it without pause.
It deserves to be read, it deserves to be loved, it deserves to be known.
This book is everything you expect to feel, expect to experience, when you think that books no longer connect because damn Letters to the Lost is bundled up with so many emotions in limited pages (Yes, I needed more than 400 pages) of two characters entwined by a beautiful story that deals with a lot of stuff and does not settle with romance as a downpour Crux for the entirety of the novel.
The writing, the characters, the build up, everything about it screams gold and you just cannot be let down by it.
I love, love, love everything about it.
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Book Title: The book title is absolutely appropriate to the story.
Book Cover: The cover is absolutely adorable and one of the reasons I picked the book.
The story explores the relationship between two people who hate each other but unlikely circumstance actually brings them together. The spice add to this is that both of them don't know they're actually helping each other overcome the grief and guilt they're suffering from and this forms the most unlikely bond between the two. But when identity uncovers, will they still help each other or will it tear them apart?
The storyline is so well written and it has such an amazing flow that by the time I was done with the story, I was stunned and felt absolutely lost but at the same time found! It was such a magical feeling. There's so much grief and anger pouring out of the characters onto the pages! And there were characters like Alan and Declan's mom who I absolutely despised in the beginning but by the end of the story, the author made me sympathize them!
The concept of misplaced g*ilt and miscommunication as well as no communication was beautifully portrayed. I was also in awe of the friendship between Rev and Declan and how they fit each other like a missing puzzle. What I got was a book about la*els, jud*ement, g*ief, love, acceptance, friendship and moving on.
Overall, I'd definitely urge you to read the book at least once in your life because you definitely don't want to miss this masterpiece!
Language and Vocabulary: 4/5
Final overall rating:4.25 /5
By Ranya on 12 December 2020
Declan and Juliet were no exception. This is the undeniably one of the best love stories that I have evser read.
This covers issues that almost every teen faces. I have never read a more tense, relief, and suspense love story I have ever read.
This book should not be ignored by any teen.
By Udit Golecha on 7 July 2021
Top reviews from other countries
I find this one particularly beautiful, the characters are believable and I love the way their feelings and thoughts are described; simply but with accurate words. This is a book about judging persons too hastily, about fierce friendship, not letting our past define us, and about the power of written communication. Delicate and emphatic - I definitely recommend it.
(Last but not least: the cover is beautiful! It reflects the spirit of the book).
I absolutely love the way that the author has penned this story. Her writing style is incredible. The intensity is perfect. I connected with the characters instantly, which allowed me to experience the emotions that they were feeling. My heart hurt so much for Juliet and Declan at times. Their relationship is one that I absolutely adore which of course then made me fear that something, at some point in their story, was going to ruin who they are to each other.
Juliet and Declan’s story is a must read. It is a story about loss and grief, love, expectations, guilt, despair and hope - let’s not forget the hope in all of this. I was so absorbed in the story that I didn’t realise that I was crying until my tears reached the book I was holding. I found Brigid Kemmerer’s words to be so very powerful, her messages touching and thought-provoking, and to be honest this story was so much more than I expected.
I’m a huge fan of epilogues and I was initially disappointed that Letters to the Lost ended without one. Now, having had time to reflect, I actually am grateful to be able to make my own decisions on what happens next for Juliet and Declan…. I want only good things for them both from now on! This book is one that I recommend to everyone to read. I know that this story will stay with me for a long time and I’m certain you will feel the same way too.
It speaks about grief, coming to term with your losses, judgement and assumption based on very limited knowledge and self-acceptance. It wasn't cheesy, neither was anything romanticised. But it dealt with these themes in a very mature and realistic way and it was just a stunning read, enveloping my heart.