More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

April 13, 2018 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid KemmererMore Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost #2) by Brigid Kemmerer
Published: March 6th 2018 by Bloomsbury Sydney
Format: Paperback, 410 pages
Genres: Contemporary
Source: Purchased
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5 Stars

From the author of Letters to the Lost comes a heart-wrenching story of two teens with big secrets and a love that could set them free.

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.

More Than We Tell is set in the same universe as Letters to the Lost and follows Rev, one of the secondary characters from that novel. While it’s not strictly necessary for a reader to read Letters before diving into More Than We Tell, this novel does contain spoilers for the other.

Rev was one of my very favourite characters in Letters so I was excited to learn he had his own book. Predictably, I took the very next opportunity to visit a bookstore. One of the first things I noticed was that the way Declan sees Rev is very different from the way Rev sees himself. There’s a lot more intensity, and a lot more uncertainty, than I expected. But it was wonderful to witness the character grow and learn, and I particularly loved this family environment.

As a counterpoint to Rev, Emma didn’t have the best family environment. Like Juliet, she’d managed to isolate herself from her family and friends because of the way she felt. It meant she was abrasive, rude, and often selfish. While I admired her determination to ‘get used to’ the types of discrimination women often face in the gaming world, I thought she took much too long to reach out to someone about it. I also spent a lot of the novel screaming at Emma hoping she would hear my warnings about one of her online friends, but that had more to do with me reading the book as an adult than anything else.

My favourite aspect of this novel, as with Letters, is that when the protagonists reached out — really reached out — there was an army of adults ready to help them. Not only did Mrs Hillard make a brief cameo, Rev’s parents and Emma’s mother were understanding and supportive once they knew what was going on.

A thought-provoking look at the many facets of trust, More Than We Tell is an excellent companion to Letters to the Lost. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Letters, and to new readers who are looking for something with gravitas.

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