A unique and highly enjoyable contemporary despite some heavy topics.
I adored Letters to the Lost, so I was super excited to see that Brigid Kemmerer’s latest title was set in the same town and featured some of the same characters! It has been a while since I read the Kemmerer’s first book, although I remember how much I enjoyed it, so I wasn’t sure how easy More Than We Can Tell would be to get into, but I was happy to find that it was like revisiting an old friend and I settled into this book very quickly.
More Than We Can Tell is a dual narrative book that tells the stories of Rev and Emma, who, despite leading very different lives, find that they have a lot in common. It’s a typical teen romance style book in a lot of ways, but it also carries a lot of important messages. For example, this is probably the first book I’ve come across that tackles the issue of internet safety which was a refreshing idea. It also dealt with child abuse and is the first book containing this that I didn’t feel uncomfortable reading; it was dealt with sensitively and effectively, unlike many books which can make for very unpleasant reads.
Kemmerer’s writing style is so effortless, making this a really good read that I’d definitely recommend for fans of YA contemporary novels, and for people who enjoyed Letters to the Lost, of course!