Letters to the Lost

Letters to the Lost

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"Juliet Young has always written letters to her mother, a world famous photojournalist--even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. When Declan finds a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist the urge to write back. Soon, he is sharing his pain with a perfect stranger. When real life interferes with their secret life of letters, Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781681190082
1681190087
Branch Call Number: Fiction Kemmerer TEEN
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 22 cm

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mrswilltoledo
Sep 01, 2018

Yeesh. I think I’m in need of some nice fluff right about now. That was pretty rough, but then again, I probably shouldn’t have been listening to parts of Wilco’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” whilst reading it.

LiztheLibrarian Feb 14, 2018

I quite enjoyed this book, especially the inclusion of letter writing back and forth.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 28, 2017

4.5 Stars. Wow. I loved this book so much. It was pretty much perfect. Letters to the lost is about Juliet Young and Declan Murphey who find love between the letters (and later emails) they send to each other. Juliet has left letters to her deceased mother beside her grave ever since her death. One day, Declan notices a letter by a grave during his community service. What he reads awakens something in him and she is quickly reminded of personal connections, so he writes back,"Me too." The story continues with letters between the two of them and then soon emails. But neither one of them knows who the other is. This book has everything. Love. Happiness. Sadness. Betrayal. Inspiration. Suspense. Humour. I absolutely love it. Thank you, Brigid Kemmerer.
- @bibliophile of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Letters to the Lost is a novel about two young adults trying to escape the memories from their unfortunate pasts. After her mother’s death, Juliet writes letters to her mother’s grave everyday. Another high school student who volunteers at the graveyard, Declan Murphy, reads Juliet’s letter and can’t help but write back. Juliet is aggravated by this invasion of privacy between her and her mother. To explain her feelings, she writes back to the so-called stranger. Although she was initially angry and hurt by Declan’s choices, they soon begin to share their deepest secrets and confessions that they relate so much with one another. They both don’t know that in real life, their relationship is much different than through words. Letters to the Lost was a very beautiful and emotional story. It showed the rough parts of two individuals and how they related so much with one another although they were strangers. Declan’s rude step-father and guilt of a dead sister weighing down on his shoulders while Juliet bears the pain of living without a mother. Both had tough lives but always felt a little better when they shared it with each other. This novel showed us to never judge a book by its cover because you are never aware of their personal lives that they shield from the world. Overall, this novel was great and a very good use of time. I would recommend it 5/5.
- @CaptainBook of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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3Dogs2015
Jul 16, 2017

Interesting take on YA premise of two young people not knowing each other and yet getting to know each other through letters to each other left at the cemetery.

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