More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer follows a favorite character from Kemmerer’s other book, Letters to the Lost, and a new girl with a knack for coding. Rev struggles daily with the abuse he suffered from his father, but manages to keep his life under control with the help of his adoptive parents. Meanwhile, Emma struggles with someone sexually harassing her online and her parents’ failing marriage. After they meet, Rev and Emma learn to trust another person.
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer was one of my favorite contemporary books of 2017. When I saw More Than We Can Tell on NetGalley, I requested it immediately. Rev was one of the most interesting characters in Letters to the Lost and I couldn’t wait to hear more of his story. This book met all of my high expectations and I can see it ranking as one of my favorite contemporaries of the year.
One of the strongest aspects of Brigid Kemmerer’s books are the character development. Rev’s is a complex character with a well-thought out backstory and realistic responses and actions to the abuse he suffered as a child. My appreciation and love for Rev’s character grew even more throughout this book. I also liked how readers get to see the closure of Rev’s story line with his father in this book.
As for the other main character, Emma, I didn’t feel like she was as well-developed as Rev. Sometimes how Emma treats other characters in the novel doesn’t make her exactly likable, especially how she throws some things in Rev’s face. Additionally, I think some people may be annoyed with how she handles some events that take place in the novel. However, I appreciated that her actions actually resembled how a person her age would respond.
Like Letters to the Lost, More Than We Can Tell handles serious topics very well. This book covers several types of abuse and how they effect the victims. I especially liked how this book dealt with some of the abuse Emma faces online. Readers the same age as Emma may experience what she deals with online as write it off in the same way that “it just happens.” However, I like how this book combats that stance.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading More Than We Can Tell. Once I started this book, I literally did not stop reading until I finished it. I give More Than We Can Tell five out of five stars.
*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.