Title: Letters to the Lost

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Reading Status: April 26-April 30, 2017


Rating: 4/5

WARNING: This review may contain spoilers. 


Letters to the Lost is a young adult fiction of Brigid Kemmerer which tells us a story about two teenagers who are suffering from losing someone they love. This is the first (ever) book of Brigid Kemmerer that I’ve read. My first impression about this book is that it will give me a feeling of “light reading” and I was very wrong! Because it gave me heavy and serious feelings. Although at the end, I loved every bit of it.

I have so many feelings about this book. The book doesn’t purely depend on the love story of Juliet and Declan and it has so many things to do with family and friendships. Families that are perfectly imperfect. It gave me a feeling of being a teenager

The character of Declan has the “stereotype” attitude of a teenager who is perpetually misunderstood and easily judged because of a single mistake. It reminds me of the saying (in non-verbatim):

“Do good to people all the time and they never notice. But when you make one mistake, it’s never forgotten.”

The book covers some realities in a teenager’s life. It gives us a window on what will happen to kids when their parents failed them or left them to discover everything on their own. I don’t know but the situation of Declan really made me sad rather than the situation of Juliet. Although at some parts of the story, I don’t feel like Declan is a teenager. Sometimes he feels like somewhere in between 18-25 years old. (Is it just me or you felt it too? Haha.)

“Turned out he was scared of Geoff and Kristin because they’re black. His dad told him that black people were evil and sent by the devil.”

I loved this part because it’s timely and it’s related to issues about racism. I don’t know what was running through Brigid’s mind while writing this part but I’m grateful for it because it gave me an impact that you should NEVER (EVER!) judge people based on what race they came from. And just to clarify things, I am not a racist. I’m just stating here why I loved this part. 🙂

Another thing that I loved from this book is that it taught me the exact term for “silhouette with details” photography which is conte-jour. Furthermore, I loved this because I am an amateur and enthusiast of photography and it taught me a lot too. Brigid exemplifies some important things here through Juliet’s character in which people should never underestimate other people’s passion and people have different perspectives in making an impact and difference in this world.

“I’ve spent years idolizing my mother and her vibrancy, thinking of my father in boring shades of beige, when he’s been right here beside me the whole time.”

Just O-M-G! This part made me cry because admit it. We all have those moments in life when we were so blinded by other things that made us forget about the persons who were there beside us ever since.

“Because I loved you, and you loved her. I couldn’t take that away from you.”

“But I was here for those three days. And I’ll be here for all the other days, as long as you need me.”

Hands down. I can’t really describe how amazing this part is for me. But one thing I’m sure, I love this 100%!

All in all, I love the everything! Thank you, Brigid Kemmerer, for expanding my English vocabulary. I’ve learned a lot!

Let me know that you think about this book by posting your comments below. 🙂



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