Published by Bloomsbury Childrens on March 6th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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.
Well then. I suppose I better read Letters to the Lost, huh? Because this novel slayed me with feels. I died, then was resurrected and then died again. I am speaking to you from beyond the grave, be warned. No but really, my heart ached so much reading this. Mainly for Rev. Omgggg Rev! I love him so much and need to wrap him in blankets and protect him. So yes, I’m glad I read this. And I will for sure read more of Bridget’s contemporary books. I kind of feel like I have to after what I went through with this book.
• Emma’s best friend is named Cait and let me just say that is an awesome name right there. She’s nothing like our ruler and dragon queen Cait but still. Top notch name choice I’d say.
• Speaking of Cait, I was very mixed about her. At first I wasn’t a big fan but then near the end I was. But I think most of why I didn’t like her much was caused by Emma. I’ll talk about her later.
• The writing! It was beautiful and heartwrenching at times and the dialogue was A+.
• I also liked that most chapters were fairly short, this made the novel easier to read. I’m a fan of short chapters.
• I loved all the family bonds between everyone and how the relationships were tested in such a real way but in the end family’s got your back and that was beautiful.
• ALSO the diversity! Rev’s adoptive parents were people of color and I loved that.
• It introduced me to Declan and made me want to read Letters To The Lost asap. I loved Declan. I feel like he’s a really precious cinnamon boy that needs cuddles just like Rev.
• Speaking off… REV. My heart ached so much for him and I just wanted to hold him and tell him everything would be okay. He’s so scarred by his past and hurting so much still and it made my heart huuurt.
• I also loved his bond with his adoptive parents and his friendship with Declan. But also his growing bond with the new foster kid that comes to live at his home, Matthew.
• Who, by the way, I demand a book about, just saying.
• Also I liked that Emma was way into gaming and even designed her own game. That’s badass. Me like.
• BUT REV THO.
• The romance was cute, mostly because Rev.
• Also REV. <3
• I wasn’t the biggest fan of Emma for the most part? I liked her fine but she made a lot of questionable decisions and she really needs to learn how to communicate better. Because a lot of drama could’ve been avoided with the right communication. Am not a fan of drama that can be avoided.
• I wasn’t really hooked on the romance but that’s okay because I feel like this book was about much more than that and romance wasn’t the main thing. So that’s all good.
I really enjoyed this book a lot. The writing was beautiful, the characters were amazing and so very achingly real. Rev stole my heart completely, that’s just the way it is. Now I need to read Declan’s book and I demand a book for Matthew. All my precious boys! They have my heart and this book does too because it was beautiful and you all should read it. The end.