Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
As someone who believes that handwritten letters are something of a lost art I had a feeling that I would love this book and I can confirm my suspicions were correct. The achingly sad backstories created such a depth that I am unashamed of saying that my eyes may have watered once or twice.
Letters to the Lost is a story of a young girl who, in the grief of losing her mother, writes a letter and leaves it at the gravestone. This becomes the basis of the connection between a troublesome teen and the young girl who find solace in each other’s grief and support through their feelings of guilt. It is a story of friendship, romance and hardship. A story of forgiveness and acceptance. Kemmerer has managed to touch on so many issues within this novel, from the process of grief, to issues of abuse, to family issues and accepting people despite their faults. I think one of the brilliant things that she manages to do is stay away from predictability. When an opportunity arose that could have been so predictable and almost too perfect, she twisted the story and took it a step further. This is not a love-story but so much more. This is a beautiful story, with some important messages that can be enjoyed by anyone.
A quick note on the cover of the paperback: My copy is vibrant yellow which instantly caught my eye but add in the contrasting pink title and the hand written letters formed into a bouquet of flowers, it gave it an overall romantic feel. It piqued my interests immediately.
Would I Recommend? Absolutely. If you enjoy YA Fiction with friendship and romance then this is the book for you.