* "Give to teens who enjoyed . . . The Perks of Being a Wallflower." - School Library Journal, starred review
New York Times bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer pens a new must-read story of two teens struggling under the burden of secrets, and the love that sets them free.
With loving adoptive parents by his side, Rev Fletcher has managed to keep the demons of his past at bay. . . until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.
Emma Blue's parents are constantly fighting, and her only escape is the computer game she built from scratch. But when a cruel online troll's harassment escalates, she not only loses confidence but starts to fear for her safety.
When Rev and Emma meet, they're both longing to lift the burden of their secrets. They connect instantly and deeply, promising to help each other no matter what. But soon Rev and Emma's secrets threaten to crush them, and they’ll need more than a promise to find their way out.
About the Author
Brigid Kemmerer is the author of Letters to the Lost and the Elementals series. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland.
"Has the sweetness of the usual sensitive- boy-meets-headstrong-girl love story touched by the drama of current events." - BCCB
"An absorbing, emotional roller coaster of a read. Readers looking for a different sort of coming-of-age story or teen protagonists grappling with complex situations will fall in love with this romance-tinged novel." - Starred review, Booklist
"A must-have for any YA collection. Give to teens who enjoyed A Boy Called It by Dave Pelzer or The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky." - Starred Review, School Library Journal
"Masterfully shows (not tells) what suffering looks like . . . Kemmerer seamlessly weaves wisdom into the story." - VOYA
"Family dysfunction, anxiety, and PTSD from long-term abuse are all believably conveyed. . . A timely, suspenseful, well-written page-turner with compelling main characters." - Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will find it easy to fall into Rev and Emma’s lives as romance hovers between them and they confront the violence of their past and present." - Publishers Weekly
"The characters are well developed and . . . anticipation and curiosity build throughout." - School Library Connection
"This book is going to fly off the shelves to all teens, but it will hold special interest for those looking for a tear-jerking romance and serious readers of realistic fiction." - VOYA on LETTERS TO THE LOST
"A great concept, delivered in a compulsively readable package . . . romance readers will stay up late to finish this very satisfying and heartfelt read." - Booklist on LETTERS TO THE LOST
"Explores the ideas of carving identity out of pain and the way perception colors expectations." - BCCB on LETTERS TO THE LOST
"Readers will find themselves rooting for the real Declan to win Juliet’s heart the same way his online persona did. Consider this tale of modern star-crossed love as a first purchase for YA collections." - School Library Journal on LETTERS TO THE LOST