Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: I LIKE IT! I love the colors, the writing on the flowers, I think it’s so pretty! It’s totally eye catching!
Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling 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.
This is my first book read, by this author. After reading this book I have downloaded her other series that I’ve seen floating around but haven’t picked up. NOW I MUST READ THEM ALL!!! Other reviewers are saying this is Kemmerer’s BEST book so far. And if that’s the case I cannot wait to see what more this author has coming up! She is someone I’m going to be keeping an eye on from now on!
This book intrigued me so I requested it from Netgalley, lucky me I got approved. Contemporary books are always picked up with caution. It’s very rare I find a contemporary I like or even more rare that I love. This book I love.
This book goes back and forth between two points of view. Juliet, who is reeling from the death of her war photographer mother and she is really struggling to move on from that. She is so grief stricken that she is just a mess and losing those around her because she can’t move forward. And Declan, he is the misunderstood guy who everyone fears, but who nobody truly knows or has even really tried to know. Because of ONE mistake he is branded the “bad boy” and because of that he refuses to show anyone anything more than what they branded him as.
This story is a dark version of You’ve Got Mail. Where instead of two healthy people writing to each other, we’ve got two damaged people seeking refuge and understanding in each other.
I absolutely loved this story and layers of Declan and the slow progression and character development between him and Juliet. I loved the reality of his life and how people will act the way they are seen and branded.
Not gonna lie I can’t stand lots of crying in my characters regardless of the fact that it’s understandable. It’s pretty legit and even though I’m like here we go again-a tiny voice said, “but you’d cry this much too if it were you.” so I let it go.
I was FLOORED with the revelation of aspects in characters. I didn’t see it coming! I just loved the depth and reality of the overall story and felt the author did a fantastic job with this one.
Overall I loved this dark version of You’ve Got Mail and can’t wait get started on other books by this other as well as books she’s got coming out!
Sexual Content: mild/moderate
*A HUGE THANK YOU to Netgalley and Bloomsbury USA for this ARC which I got in exchange for an honest review*