Thursday, March 8, 2018

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

More Than We Can Tell
by Brigid Kemmerer
Read: January 20 - February 9, 2018
Published: March 6, 2018 by Bloomsbury Children's
Source: Galley from publisher (TY!!)
Category: YA, Contemporary, Fostering, Adoption, Families, 
Series: Companion to Letters to the Lost

Book Description: Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay...until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.

NOTE: Although More Than We Can Tell can be read as a standalone, it takes place after the events of Letters to the Lost and my connection to Rev was so much stronger having known him from Declan and Juliet's book. That book is just amazing in its own right too, so don't miss it! 

Ever since I finished Letters to the Lost last year, I've been desperate to know more about Rev Fletcher, Declan's hoodie-wearing, scripture-quoting friend. So of course I was thrilled when I heard that Brigid Kemmerer was writing a companion book from Rev's perspective. And oh my goodness, I love Rev even more after reading More Than We Can Tell. This boy stole my heart and then some. 

It was an absolute treat to be inside of Rev's head and get to spend more time in his world, even when it was difficult - and oh, how this boy and his life made my heart ache. I also loved getting to know Rev's adopted parents better. They are exactly the parents that Rev needs in his life with their steady calm and always reassuring love. I also enjoyed catching up with Declan and Juliet from Letters to the Lost. Declan and Rev have such a strong bond. I love the way they always support each other. Their conversations were one of the parts of this story that I enjoyed most. It just filled me with so much joy to see Rev surrounded by so much love and support, and the ways his parents and Declan reminded him that they were always there for him to lean on. But, one of my unexpected favorite parts of this story was Rev's relationship with his foster brother Matthew. I'd love a book set a few years later and focusing on him (crossing my fingers!).

This story also introduces us to Emma who has a lot going on in her life too. While I didn’t fall for her as much as I did for Juliet, I enjoyed seeing Emma grow and change through this story too. I also enjoyed watching Emma's growing bond with Rev, though I didn't find their relationship as swoony as I hoped I would. I think because of everything going on in their lives. I wanted more of the buildup of their growing friendship/relationship. But there were a lot of different issues going on in this story - in both Rev and Emma's lives - which started to clutter the story a bit for me. Honestly, I was so much more invested in Rev that some of the things going on with Emma didn't interest me. But that was all minor in a moving and very worthy companion-sequel to Letters to the Lost.

I cannot recommend More Than We Can Tell or Letters to the Lost enough. Both - and each - of these books is amazing and not to be missed. 

Love Triangle Factor: None
Cliffhanger Scale: Standalone 

1 comment:

  1. Awesome review Lauren :D I'm glad you liked this one a lot; and yay for loving this author. <3 This is so not my genre, sobs, but this book looks so so cute :D Thank you for sharing your awesome review about it. <3


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