Letters to the Lost By Brigid Kremmerer
- Format: Zoella Book Club Paperback, 385 pages.
- Publisher: Bloomsbury
- Release Date: 6th April 2017
- Links: Goodreads
- Rating: 4.5 Stars.
Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-travelling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope. Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.
When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.
For weeks I’ve been seeing people on twitter talk about the Zoella book club picks and it’s really spiked my interest so when I was in York train station waiting for my train I decided to look into Smith’s to see the selection of books. I picked up three, Girlhood, Moxie and Letters to the Lost and almost immediately the next day began to read Letters to the lost.
When I began to read this book, I did not expect to become so engrossed in the story. I found that over a few hours I had completed this book, lived the lives of these characters for a few moments but honestly felt as I knew them in person. The only way I think I can explain this story to you all is that it’s about two lonely souls who are both victims of circumstance. Before looking to the importance of friendship and family in order to move on from the past in order to step into the future.
In the book you are able to see how complex Juliet and Declan truly are. They are both individuals who carry a lot of guilt around with them but because of that it becomes the reason they are able to connect. Initially through anonymous letters they soon become anonymous emails which allow them to heal in there own ways. It highlights the beauty of anonymity, the fact you can truly become your true self and not the self which you present the rest of the time.
For me Letters to the Lost wasn’t a love story, it was a story of healing and acceptance. To be able to move on and begin anew. Juliet after learning the truth about her mother’s passing and beginning to accept that what she does can be great and allowing her to forge a stronger relationship with her father. While Declan he comes to terms in his grief and struggle with his family, coming to the realisation it wasn’t as it was initially painted to be. With that, the allowance for both characters to finally be able to grow into who they were meant to be.
Letters to the Lost is a beautiful story which deals with families, friendships, grief, death but mostly the truth with self acceptance. If you gt the chance to read this novel then I would highly recommend it.