Tuesday, 6 March 2018

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer || Spin-off of Letters To The Lost!!

Title: More Than We Can Tell.
Author: Brigid Kemmerer.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Release date: March 6, 2018.

You can see the USA and UK covers! Aren't both of them gorgeous??

Most importantly, I would like to thank NetGalley and publishers for allowing me to read this book. Thank you very much.

It was a little bit difficult reading this book, not due to how was the book itself, but I had problems with the app. I contacted NetGalley and they were been so helpful and patient. I kinda made a mess because I didn’t undestand so much the other app they recommended to me, so I had to read the book in my mother’s phone. The waiting was worth it, though. I am part of the few people who haven’t read Letters to the Lost (planning to read it soon, by the way), but I enjoyed it the same!

✔ The female protagonist, Emma, is a game player! I have never read in a book of a girl who likes videogames, but seriously, how many there are in the reality? A lot! My sister, for example, is one. People should stop with the “only boys can play videogames” thing! I’m so glad this book does justice of this fact, even if I am not a gamer myself. Sexism, unluckily, still exists and the fact this book talks about it, oh, makes me so happy. Also, girls who love playing video games have their rapresentation now!

 Connected with the video game aspect, it’s the friends made online theme. On the internet, there are a lot of good people, but also bad ones. Another aspect that it’s treated it is the cyberbulling. Both Emma and Rev, the male protagonist, suffer of it. One is struggling with the emails his father is leaving him and the other one has to deal with a jerk on her own game. I liked the ‘you are not alone’ answer and how they faced their problems.

 Finally a book where there is also a religious aspect! As a religious myself and as a person, I really appreciated it. People do questionate, people do believe. Rev particulary has a blind faith that helped him through the dark parts of his life, which are a lot. I liked the Bible quotes and how the author decided to let teenagers talk about their religious part, because we do.

 Families do play an important role in the novel. We see different ones and different kind of parents. Rev has been abused by his father, but has also great foster parents. I liked how the book took into consideration them and foster parents in general. I do think they make an unbelieveable and amazing job. Emma’s family isn’t as lovely as Rev’s. She has to go through a lot and it isn’t even her fault. This, I believe, it was important to insert in the book. We teenagers need to read books like this. I empathized with Emma, her fears and anger reflected mine. It’s with joy that I announce to you, guys, that this author has touched my heart by joining the club of writers (it needed another entry) who have the ability of truly rapresent teenagers.

 The characterization of the characters is gold. Both Rev’s and Emma’s shyness and awkwardness are well written and totally relatable. Their characters are deeper than that, though. Complex and full of shades that make them human.

✔ This book talks about a lot of things and friendship is one of them. Specifically, I loved Declan and Rev’s. Both they had hard times in their lives, but they have always supported each other and always have been beside the other. But friendships can’t be perfect and Cait and Emma’s one is an axample of that. The thing that I loved the author wanted to express with it was how you can actually save a friendship. You aren’t forced to leave people, you can forgive (of course there are exceptions) them and restart the whole thing all over again.

 I actually read the first half of the book in one day. This has to mean something! The writing is sliding and even if there aren’t so many plot twists, it encourages you to keep going.

✘ Although everything was fixed and noticed, I hated Emma when she made hateful and unpolite comments to her best friend only because, in her opinion, her life is just way more perfect than Emma’s. What the hell?? I couldn’t stand her at those times.

✘ Always about Emma, I didn’t like how she made bad things that happened to her sounded like a competition. Like: “I can’t be sad because you got that thing that it is worse than mine.” In my opinion, everyone has the right to be sad, the important part is to be strong, maybe looking at others who could have worse things than us and say: ”Ah, if they made it, I have to be strong and face it.”

Overall: I am so flattered and honoured that NetGalley has sent to me this book, which is, by the way, my favourite book I have ever received by NetGalley so far.

Are you exicted for this release? I have read Letters To The Lost right after finishing it and loved it! Let me know what you think.

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