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Book review: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Grief, hope and unexpected connections form the foundation of Kemmerer’s beautifully nuanced contemporary young adult novel.

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Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer (first published in 2017 by Bloomsbury UK)

Struggling to come to terms with her mother’s death, Juliet spends her time writing letters to her mother and leaving it at her grave. 
When the local community’s resident tough guy, Declan – doing community service at the cemetery – discovers Juliet’s letters, he feels compelled to respond.

What follows is an exchange that’s rooted in the sharing of their grief; Juliet devastated by her mother’s death and unable to move forward and Declan struggling with the guilt and pain of losing his younger sister who died in an accident.

While they find comfort in the anonymity of their exchanges, it’s only a matter of time before their lives unravel and devastating truths are uncovered, forcing both of them to come to terms with the fact that sometimes the p…

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