My reading challenge: New author

Hi everyone! So I decided to start something a little different on my blog today. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you will know I used to take part in the blogger book nook. However, Abbey made the decision that July’s prompt would be the last. Although I enjoyed being a part of the group and taking part each month, I understand why Abbey made this decision.

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You know me well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

“Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

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Floored by Holly Bourne, Sara Barnard, Lisa Williamson, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Tanya Byrne and Eleanor Wood

“When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn’t that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn’t match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn’t as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who’s losing her sight but won’t admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shouldn’t be here at all, but who wants to be here the most.

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Letters to the lost by Brigid Kemmerer

“Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.” 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I have to say I loved this book! I have been wanting to read it for a while and I finally got round to it. I actually wanted to read more than we can tell by Brigid and although it is a stand alone book it is set in the same universe and is about one of the characters that is in this book so I wanted to read this one first and I’m so glad I did. I was a bit unsure about the story at first but the further you read the better it gets. I loved the contrasts between the relationship Juliet and Declan have in real life to the one they have in their letters. I was also quite glad that it wasn’t all happy ever after when they figured out whether were both talking to. 

I also loved that it was written by both of them. I have started to notice a pattern that I have picked up a lot of books that have multiple POVs which is something I am always quite drawn to and it works out quite well for the story. It adds another dimension to the story, especially for the parts that the other character doesn’t see if that makes sense. Particularly in this story, it also contrasts the assumptions that the characters make about each other. I also found it quite funny in parts, particularly with Declan’s friend Rev, who is the main character of more than we can tell which I definitely need to read now!

Have you read letters to the lost? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

Abbie. X