Title: More Than We Can Tell
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Daniela’s rating: 4 stars
*While this book exists in the same universe as Letters to the Lost, it is a standalone title.*
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.
**Arc provided by Netgalley in exchange for honest review.
I really liked this. I’m happy it was my first book of the year, so thank you Netgalley.
This is the first time I’m reading anything by this author and, as it said in the blurb, even though this is part of another book, it can be read as a standalone.
We are presented with two stories, Emma’s and Rev’s. The first is a girl who’s always been wrapped up in the gaming world, just like her dad. She’s smart and good at it, so much so, she’s even developed her own game, one people actually play. But with the good things that come with gaming, the bad came too. She’s been getting all this weird and awful messages from a troll, and no matter what she does, he always comes back. With the troll and everything else going on in her life, it seems like her world is falling apart. The only good thing might be those dog walks that end at the back of a church.
Then we have Rev. He’s such a good guy, always so attentive to everything, but also so broken inside. He had a rough childhood, and that might be an understatement, so he’s constantly battling the demon from his past, which decided to come back, full-force, and mess with his life. But there’s always a little bit of light in between all the dark, right? His lonely walks to the back of a church might be his.
Like I said, I really liked this book. It shows the lives of two different people with completely different problems and how they deal with them. These are teens, facing two realities that are way too real in our world. Seeing Rev being completely torn between his two realities, past and present, was something. He was so mature at times, and then you could see the kid in him, constantly seeking approval. I believe he was the best part of the whole story. Emma, even though I could understand her problems, I just couldn’t relate to her way of dealing with things. She felt kind of whiny and annoying at times. But then again, we all deal with things differently.
We all have demons and things we need to battle every day and most of us always try to fight them alone. Why is that? Seriously, why is it that everyone thinks we have to do everything on our own? It doesn’t necessarily make you stronger for it. That’s the issue these two characters have, and when they realize that they’re not, in fact, alone, everything becomes so much easier. So, here’s an advice to you: if you need help, with absolutely anything, ASK FOR IT. No matter how stupid or messed up you think your problem is, you are not alone.
The narrative was great. Well paced, not too fast, not too slow. I only had a bit of an issue with the formatting, since it was kind of messed up and ended up being kind of confusing at times. Also, there were a couple of things that were left unsaid, like just left on the back and we didn’t really get the answer to it. It felt like, we were left to guess or imagine what happened to it.