Dear Brigid Kemmerer, I love this book!
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer follows Juliet Young, a teenage girl who leaves letters at her mother’s grave, after someone anonymously responds to one of the letters she leaves for her mother. Declan Murphy, the school’s well-known delinquent, is responsible for the response and is dealing with grief of his own.
I heard positive reviews for Letters to the Lost, but wasn’t sure how much it would stand out from other books with a similar plot. When I saw this book as a Kindle deal, I immediately purchased it. I’m happy that I did because I really enjoyed Letters to the Lost, even if won’t be the most memorable book that I’ve ever read.
The biggest reason that I loved this book would have to be the two main characters, Juliet and Declan. I appreciated how the author showed how they grieved in completely different ways, but were still able to support each other. Throughout the book, readers get to see many layers to their personality and really connect with them as characters. As a result, readers can get very invested in their stories as well as the relationship that develops between them.
Another aspect of this book that I really enjoyed was how the author tied up all of the story lines at the end of the book. Due to the characters’ strong personalities, readers get a biased look at all of their problems. When a step is taken back, the reader gets to see all of the miscommunication that caused many of the problems throughout the book. My only gripe in this category would be the mystery surrounding Juliet’s mother which was rather predictable.
Overall, Letters to the Lost is a great book if you love character-driven stories with complex main characters. I give this book five out of five stars.