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It might have not bundled up to your expectations by the end but it did have a face to the character everyone wanted to know about from Letters to the Lost and that right there is enough to ganer a four star review.
Rev and Emma, two people with broken life come together and try to find happiness in each other. The story is good, the narration is amazing and the characters come to life. Overall a good book to enjoy your freedom time.
I loved "Letters to the lost" and when I saw there was a second book in the series I had to order it right away! This is a very original "follow up" book, because it's not exactly "what happens next" to the main characters but what happens next to Rev, one of the secondary characters of "Letters to the lost". Emma is introduced in this book. I found the process original and a great way to "keep in touch" with characters I loved (Declan especially) without that feeling of "the author went too far away and ruined it". This story was in my opinion slightly less well constructed than the first installment, especially Emma's relationship with her parents, but still has what I loved most about "Letters to the lost": the feelings and thoughts of the characters are described in a way that makes the connection easily; with very accurate words but not exaggerations. It's very empathic. I also love the friendships in this book, including the way Texas the dog make friends with everybody... it's heartwarming. Another important note, I personally appreciate a book that can discuss very heavy and difficult subject without becoming too graphic or violent.
Oh how I wish Amazon would let me put a half star because this a clear 4.5 star read for me! I loved this book, massive thanks to the ladies at the YALC stall who convinced me that I should buy it, you were so right!
Rev Fletcher, one of the most heartbreaking characters I have ever read. The depth of his character was wonderful to read, he leapt off the page and into my heart. His story was gut wrenchingly sad, and unfortunately so believable. I had no idea this was a second book, so I hadn't met Rev before, and I think thats what made the story all the more enjoyable. His friendship with Declan was precious, and by far the highlight of the book for me. Declan was so kind and thoughtful, even when faced with his own crap. I loved the two of them together.
Emma is the reason why I couldn't give this a full 5 stars. She was quite hard to click with because her selfish problems were just so insignificant in the grand scheme of things, and she was acting as though a few horrible, rude comments online from a stranger was on par with horrendous child abuse... That being said, I did eventually start to enjoy her own story arc, (view spoiler)
I loved the addition of Matt, Rev's foster brother, and the relationship that developed slowly between the two boys, was wonderful to read. I can't recommend this one enough, it was such a good mix of heartbreaking and warming! I now need to bump book one up my TBR!!
I recently read "Letters To The Lost" and I was so intrigued Rev I had to read his book. This book had characters full of pain. At times I felt frustrated with them and almost shouting at them to make them realise their mistakes. But I would absolutely recommend this book and this author.
As a sequel this book is incredibly fulfilling. I became a huge fan of the author and I am now addicted to the stories she tells. Hopefully there will be a sequel to this one with a lot more Declan ,Juliet, Rev, Emma and more. As a writer myself, I’m a big fan of celebrating great characters and exploring the human tragedy to the most. This is a wonderful insight into a world of teenage hurt and growth. Great job at creating a love relationship between characters and readers. I will be definitely, always, coming back for more.
I need to wrap my mind around the fact that this book was 416 pages and it did not feel that way. I could not stop reading. So much was going on with these characters but it wasn't too busy where I got frustrated. I was so invested in these characters and so many of the chapters made me really think. Particularly chapter 25. You first meet Rev in Letters to the Lost, and I will warn you now, that if you read this and then LTTL, you are gonna get so many spoilers. I wanted Rev's story so bad and I am so glad we got it. My heart ached for him. I am not done with him and I hope we get more of him soon. His story was just getting started and I want his whole life now because he has to win in the very end. I need him too. Emma. I had a love hate relationship with her but it was her parents fault. She had no clue how to communicate and point blank it was her parents fault. I love how her story was big but not overpowering Rev's. I could understand some of her choices and others I was like 'what is you doin'?!" Matthew is another secondary character that I hope we get more of. You can't pack a punch of a back story and expect me not to beg for more.
Last year, I read a book called Letters to the Lost. In that novel, there was a boy who always wore a hoodie (for reasons that are later explained). Throughout, he was the calm voice of reason when his friend needed it. This boy stayed with me after I closed the book and refused to let go of my heart. When I heard that he was getting his own book, I was, well, quite happy.
And oh my god, you guys. THIS BOOK. I’m glad I waited to read this when I did. After the grief I have been navigating, MORE THAN WE CAN TELL was the cathartic experience I needed.
Rev’s story is sensitively told. We learn why he wears hoodies even in the middle of summer, why he obsessively trains in martial arts. However, he is more than his past. He is kind and patient. He likes stories and philosophy and animals. His faith is important to his well being. He’s fiercely loyal to his loved ones.
Adopted at a young age by Geoff and Kristin, his parents are beautiful people who are always there for their son. They love him unconditionally, accept him for who he is, and support him through the toughest times. They are some of the best parents i
n a YA novel. Also at Rev’s side is Declan (from Letters). While I had my issues with him in the past, he has grown and become Rev’s voice of reason. Their friendship is honest and funny, and their understanding of each other is so awesome.
This is also Emma’s story. She’s a gamer who’s created her own game but is being harassed by someone online. Her parents’ marriage is unraveling, and she’s constantly lashing out at everyone. At first, I wasn’t sure about her, but as the book moves on, I understand where she’s coming from. She’s hurting; sometimes people who hurt try to drive others away.
Their romance takes time to evolve; their chemistry ranges from cute to swoony. I wanted to throw confetti. I wanted to dance. These two together are PERFECT. Color me joyous for Rev and Emma. They had me flipping through the pages and inhaling the book in a day and half. Their first kiss had me internally screaming (I was reading this during a lull at work).
I did have some questions that, for all my unabashed happiness for this book, prevented me from full on loving it. I feel like the subplot for Emma’s online harasser wasn’t fully resolved. It’s eluded to near the end, but it’s overshadowed by another subplot involving Emma. This came out of nowhere and left me confused. It felt like an unnecessary attempt for more drama. I could have gone without that.
But this is the happily ever after Rev deserves. If Brigid Kemmerer decides she needs to write more books with these characters, yours truly will buy all of them and scream with joy each time.
Kemmerer has a knack for writing incredible males paired with atrocious, screaming girls. I enjoyed this book and power-housed it in a day. That said, why the angry dark haired girls with “perfect” blonde best friends? Cait didn’t make sense. So geeky that she was into cosplay makeup, but too geeky for her coding best friend Emma to understand. Yet she did youtube makeup tutorials. Huh. All righty. They just reminded me of Juliet and Greta. But Emma describes Juliet as preppy. Yet in the first book, Juliet described Greta as all perfect and angelic and stuff. Something specific is going on with the characters here. I’m wondering if Rev isn’t modeled after Kylo Ren and I’m very much okay with that. Dark Sith Lord? Hmmm. Overall a captivating read. I’m hoping the next Kemmerer book (which I will gobble up enthusiastically) will stray from the “Color By Numbers” approach.