Review: More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer


Title: More Than We Can Tell | Goodreads
Author: Brigid Kemmerer |
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Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Kindle | Amazon | Barnes & Nobles |

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review

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.

From the author of Letters to the Lost comes a new compulsively readable story for fans of Nicola Yoon.

I will fully admit I have never read Letters to the Lost, however, I think I may need to go ahead and go back and read that. I am interested in reading Declan’s story.  More than We Can Tell is the story of Rev, introduced in Letters to the Lost, and Emma. Both Emma and Rev are dealing with things in their lives that they do not really have anyone to talk about them with. Emma is a gamer like her dad, something her mother, a doctor, hates. Rev, who is adopted, suddenly gets a letter from his father and it throws him for a loop. *Warning* This book does deal with a lot of issues that relate to real life like cyber-bulling and past abuse (psychical, mental and sexual).

While taking her dog for a walk Emma comes across Rev behind a church and the two start talking. They form an instant bond as both having something they are dealing with, Rev’s Father and Emma’s sudden online troll, that harasses Emma int he online game she built.  Not only does Emma have to deal with this troll, she also has to deal with her parents constant fighting, when her dad bothers to come home at all.

One of the things that I liked most about this story was that Rev and Emma started out as strangers, who became friends, who became maybe something more. All while trying to deal with, and help deal with, what life was throwing at them. I also really liked the friendship between Rev and Declan, and Rev and his adoptive parents, which played out nicely with what he was dealing with from his father. Emma and Rev promised to help each other through their issues, not matter what, and those promises were put to the test throughout the story. Though you could see when things became more than friendship when Rev gets jealous of Ethan, and online friend of Emma’s. It was sad to see how Emma’s relationships outside of Rev seemed to be falling apart, between being ignored by her father, constantly felling like a disappointment to her mother, and generally having a fallout with her best friend, it seemed like Emma had no one to rely on.

I also liked that this story pointed out that you can’t always trust the people you meet online, and it sucks that Emma had to learn this the hard way. I also liked the resolution with Rev’s father, how Rev became a different person where he was concerned. I also liked the budding relationship between Rev and Matthew, the foster child his parents take in.

All and all this was a great story with them building to a happy ending.





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