Juliet is a grieving teenage girl who writes letters to her mother and leaves them on her mother’s grave. One day Declan, an angry and also grieving boy with a troubled past, answers one of her letters. So begins a correspondence where each of them shares their true thoughts and feelings with each other. They feel safe in their anonymity. In real life at high school, they react to each other defensively, striking out before they can be wounded. Declan discovers who she is first, and then he must decide whether to reveal his true identity.
This is not a shallow teenage romance. Both characters are dealing with traumatic, overwhelming situations. I really sympathized with Juliet and Declan. I wanted them to be able to resolve their conflicts and overcome their problems. I also liked Declan’s best friend, Rev, who is going through his own trials.
Letters to the Lost is well-written, poignant, and thought-provoking. I recommend it.
Rating: PG-13 for some swearing.