more than we can tell by brigid kemmerer
published march 6th 2018 by bloomsbury’s children
goodreads rating: 4.39
“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.”
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Letters to the lost was one of my favourite books last year so when I got accepted for an arc of this on netgalley I was practically jumping up and down with joy, I did have quite high expectations as I really wanted to love it and I can happily confirm that it was the case and I loved this book from start to finish!!!
Not going to lie, this book did bring tears to my eyes, there were parts that were just so emotional, and I wasn’t ready for it, the characters really did capture my heart on this one, it gave me all the feels guys!! Oh, and although this can be read as a stand alone I do recommend picking up Letters to the Lost first as there are some spoilers for that book and because it was one of my favourite books of the year I just recommend you read it anyway and fangirl along with me!
“We all push sometimes, just to make sure someone is on the other side, pushing back.”
From the little we found out about Rev during Letters to the Lost I knew he was going to be an interesting character and I wasn’t disappointed. He is so compassionate, he is always there for his friends and he is basically an all around nice guy even thought he is going through so much himself and is battling with his own demons, so how the story started for him my heart broke for him, it all started with him receiving a letter from his biological father and those demons came back to fight him and my heart ached for him, he didn’t deserved what his father did to him.
Of course, Rev isn’t along in all this as we meet Emma Blue who is going through things as well and I love their interactions, they were so good for each other, they made each other feel a little less alone in the world and it was perfect. The progression from friends to more was just perfect for me, it wasn’t rushed – they took their time and eventually found solace in each other and it was just amazing and cute and perfect and I love them together. Wow, there is a lot of gushing in this review, sorry not sorry…..
“He says the Internet makes too many people loud, and too many people silent, but the loud ones are all we hear.. We have to ask questions to hear the silent people.”
Although I absolutely loved Rev, Emma took a bit of warming up to get too – it was the little things that annoyed me like how she treated her best friend and her mom, it just irked me a bit and made me not like her that much hence why it didn’t get the full 5 stars.
Overall though, this book was amazing and important and opens our eyes to bullying, how easily it is to trust the wrong person especially when it comes to online relationships and how to overcome your own personal demons and I was so happy to read this book, I’m really hoping there is another book set in this world, maybe with a young Geoff and Kristen?? Or Matthew!!
thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the arc 🙂