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Summary

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

©2017 Brigid Kemmerer (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Much more emotional read

It was a good listen, but it was much more emotional listen than I expected. Also, the narrators are perfectly suited to narrate this story.

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Great book, loved it.

The performances were captivating and I couldn't stop listening. This book had so many twists it kept me guessing to the end.

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Fantastic!

I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I'll. I doubt listen again.

I loved the performance just as much as the writing and the emotions were both powerful and almost palpable! Declan and Juliet share such a chemistry.

I sincerely hope for a sequel, although I doubt that will happen. We'll see.

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  • Amanda
  • 08-05-17

Good Book

Any additional comments?

This was a good book. It is high school kids. Which I really didn't realize that. But it was still good. Narration is on point.

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  • Doha
  • 28-04-17

Stunning .. just read it, please :)

I bought this book on a whim and I didn't know what to expect, and it was such a pleasant surprise for me that I loved each moment of it .. it was an amazing performance in every way, the writing style, the characters, the story .. when you can't find a path, make it .. I just love this empowering stories, the narration was equally good and they were suitable for thier characters, most recommended I love it so much

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  • Robin
  • 12-04-17

Fantastic!

Wow! What a great listen! This story kept me interested from start to finish. The characters are engaging and very well developed. I cared about them, felt their anguish and joy. Was frustrated by decisions they made when I knew it was the wrong one. The narration was excellent.
I was sad when the story ended, I wanted more...

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  • Brad&Britney
  • 16-05-18

YES!! What a love story!

I really enjoyed this book!!! I love letter writing and I think it’s a form of art that is underused these days. The cool thing about this book is that it slowly moved towards emails and instant messages. So it definitely keeps up with technology.

The main characters were also very endearing. I loved how both characters were strong-minded and intelligent. Of course Declan had the “bad boy” stereotype, but I like how the author used his trauma to give him depth, charm, and meaning. I liked Juliet. She got slightly annoying towards the end when she started acting impulsive with her words and actions. I don’t like when characters have tons of opportunity to tell the truth and they choose not to out of unnecessary fear “if I tell him who I am, then we’ll lose the magic between us” blah blah blah. Get a grip, girl!

But in the end, I really enjoyed the story and I found myself entranced in the love story that was building. The conflict was also really well done. It didn’t seemed forced and it kept me invested in “how are they going to get through this.”

The narrators were SO good!! Lots of emotion and feeling within their reading. Both worked so well together!

Overall, great story and LOVED that it was taken place in Anne Arundel County, MD.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-03-18

Awesome

I rarely review audiobooks. However this one deserves a serious kudos. The voice actors did great, but the story was amazing that they had to work with. I was just sad when it ended.

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  • Kaja BV
  • 26-01-18

An emotional punch!

This was very good. The narrators did a great job capturing the characters' voices - and the story really put me through the wringer.

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  • Stéphanie
  • 13-09-17

Excellent

Loved it ! I will surely read it again. Genuine, touching, heartwarming, simply beautiful. Thank you Brigid Kemmerer.

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  • Pao
  • 28-12-18

You can't make your own path with your eyes close

"Cemetery Girl" (CG) and "The Dark" (TD) made my heart flood with anxiety, anger, it was broken but ultimately they picked it back up and put it back together, Pressley and Heybourne performance was more than what I expected! Through their voice, I felt the pain of losing someone so intensely and the joy of being able to forgive those that hurt us, even when they are no longer with us. Declan's (TD) bad boy persona melts way when you discover why he is the way he is and Juliet's (CG) emotions help him realize he is worth every effort. We make our own path, we are the masters of our fate and the captain of our souls. This is my first audible from Kemmerer and it surely will not be my last!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-09-18

love it

loved it so much this is my second time listening to it's amazing so good

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  • kwestrope
  • 12-09-18

Emotional, thoughtful, beautiful story

This is one of the best YA novels I have read in a long time. It touches on so many emotional subjects – abuse, death, alcoholism – as well as the general issues of acceptance, labeling, etc. that comes with being a teenager and trying to manage the social and political structure of high school.

I loved all four of the main characters. They each came from different familial structures and suffered the effects of losing a parent/sibling, abuse, divorce, step-parents, etc. It’s a very emotional and dramatic story. There is a lot going on, especially with the two main characters, Juliet and Declan.

On top of all the loss and grief they are experiencing, there is much judging/condemning/ostracizing going on, both at home at school. But through all the struggles, there are true friendship bonds, both long-standing and newly formed, and familial ties are (eventually) strengthened as well.

A very gripping and moving story. I had a hard time putting it down. Can’t wait to read book #2.

I listened to the audio version and narrators, Brittany Pressley and Kirby Heybourne did such a wonderful job. They narrated with drama and emphasis that really brought the story to life and made the characters very real for me.