My Rating: ★★★★☆ 4.5 Stars
LETTERS TO THE LOST, despite being full of teenage angst and impulsive kids, was actually a pretty entertaining yet emotional read.
Juliet writes letters to her photojournalist mom who has passed away. She leaves these letters at her mom’s gravestone as a way of communicating with her, but when Declan, the troubled boy doing community service answers one of her letters, a relationship is formed.
Both characters have lost someone they loved dearly and that’s what brings them together in the first place; however, they do not know the true identity of each other so they find solace in anonymity which allows them to truly speak freely.
The relationship between Declan and Juliet far surpassed the relationship between their anonymous personas. I say this because from the start, through their letters, they had pain in common which brought them close pretty quickly; however, in person, they did not get along at first and had nothing really in common, it made it that much harder for them to form a connection, which they ultimately did. And I saw that as more meaningful.
It frustrated me that they misinterpreted each other so much and that they were both judgemental toward each other but I did not remove stars for that because this was simply a reflection of true human behaviour. It annoyed me that they would impulsively say hurtful things to each other and get angry so quickly but this is what happens in real.
It was a great read and I look forward to reading more from this author.
Digital Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.