Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

There is a lot of raw emotion in this book. That being said, I could have read this book in one sitting. Grief and secrets are themes that popped up throughout the book. The two main characters, Juliet and Declan, both lost a family member and feel they are responsible for the death. Juliet’s mother died in a car accident on the way home early from work at Juliet’s request. Juliet’s mother was a famous photographer that was out of the country often and communicated mainly by letter with Juliet. Juliet continues to leave letters on her mother’s grave, trying to work through her grief. Declan is doing lawn mowing as community service at the graveyard and happens to read one of Juliet’s letters to her mom. And then he decides to answer it. This starts a mysterious penpal relationship between the two, neither knowing who the other is. As the story goes on, you learn more about Declan’s family life and who he lost and why he is doing court-ordered community service. I loved how Declan’s story gradually unravels and how Declan and Juliet help each other move forward and find the truth about themselves and their loved one’s death even when they don’t know who each other are. This book makes you think about how you would handle the character’s situation and, at times, makes your heart hurt for them. I would highly recommend for anyone that loves young adult novels.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 on Goodreads.

I received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.

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