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Review: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer (a.k.a everything gets better in the end…. I can calm down now?)

Title: Letters to the Lost

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Publication Date: April 4th 2017

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 388

Standalone/Series: Standalone



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.

THE FLUUFFFF! Okay, there wasn’t that much fluff. (but there was a little fluff)

This book focused on a lot of topics that are pretty dang important. The main focus was on Grief and Guilt.

Both our main characters feel as though they are to blame for the death of someone they loved.

Juliet and Declan share the thoughts that were dragging them down with each other and then they would just talk to each other about it (mostly anonymously) and I just…. GAh.. TOOT! TOOT! ALL ABOARD THIS BEAUTIFUL LITTLE SUPPORT TRAIN!

I don’t really want to spoil this book for anyone (because most of the things I want to talk about are kinda spoilery) so I’m just gonna drop a few quotes here…..

“I can’t force what I’m feeling to fit between chapters two and six in some handbook dealing with the death of a loved one.”

“Every moment is meaningful.”

The ending was abrupt though. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the ending. It was the embodiment of “go-out-with-a-bang”…. I’ve been shipping these little sad beans the whole book and afjkaebfifhiaufhauiefbw.

So, I loved the ending but I was sitting there shaking the book like, “WHERE’S THE REST?!?!?!?” (because clearly, shaking the book is gonna give me more pages)

But overall, I thought this was an enjoyable read. Not as fluffy as some of the other contemporaries I’ve read. But considering the topic I wasn’t expecting much fluff. But there was some…. it was the good kind of fluff…. a hopeful fluff, if you will.

This was another book with dual point-of-view that I really liked. (Because GEEKERELLAAAAAAAA!!! SQQQUUEEEEEEE!)

Overall, I’d give this book a 5 out of 5 stars!

I recommend this book if you want some of the feels.

I’m definitely interested in picking up some of this authors’ other books!

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Have you read this book? Or have you read some of this authors’ other works? What did you think??

7 thoughts on “Review: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer (a.k.a everything gets better in the end…. I can calm down now?)”

    1. It was a great book! I really need to get my hands on the other book!! I’ve heard that it’s more focused on Rev???? AAAAAAAAAAHHHH! I need it if it is! :3


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