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Letters to the Lost
by Brigid Kemmerer


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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781681190082
  • ISBN-10: 1681190087
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
  • Publish Date: April 2017
  • Page Count: 400
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-02-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

Juliet leaves notes at her mothers grave and, one day, receives a reply. Nearly overnight, Juliet goes from feeling violated that someone read and responded to one of her private letters to her mother to being thrilled by the development. The mystery writer turns out to be school bad boy Declan Murphy, and the teens in-person interactions are far frostier than the epistolary intimacy that develops. Each chapter opens with an excerpt from the letters (and eventually emails) that Juliet and Declan exchange, and the first-person narration alternates between them, without any initial indication as to which person is speaking, leaving readers to puzzle it out. Unfortunately, several aspects of Kemmerers (Thicker Than Water) story are overdonethe teens shared grief (Declans sister also died), Declans background, and the unfair treatment he endures at school and at hometilting the story into melodrama. Although Juliet and Declan dont learn that they have been corresponding with each other until well into the novel, their romance follows the typical ups and downs of a will-they-wont-they story line. Ages 13up. Agent: Mandy Hubbard, Emerald City Literary. (Apr.)

 
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