Day 6 of my Brigid Kemmerer week is a book review for More Than We Can Tell! As Brigid keeps writing, her writing just gets better and better so it’s no surprise that I like this book more than LTTL, and ASDAL even more than both of those. I am also so stoked for her book coming out this summer, Call It What You Want! It is gonna be fantastic.
About The Book:
More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer, Published March 6th, 2018 by Bloomsbury Children. Recommended reading age is 12+
*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.
I liked this book more than I liked the previous one probably because I enjoyed both characters and their plots equally. I liked that we got to learn more about Rev (Declan’s best friend from Letters). Rev’s story was tragic. I don’t like it when people in a position of power use religion to justify their actions, especially in abusing a young boy. I did enjoy reading about a character in a foster family though, because I know next to nothing about foster families and it was nice to learn something about the process. Rev is a pretty fleshed out character. He has fears, hobbies, friends, family, and skills. He had character growth, we got to see him work through anxiety and the mental manipulation from his birth father. He deserves so much better in life. He’s getting there.
Emma is one of my new favorite characters. I think it’s badass that she designed her own playable computer game from scratch. I think it’s sad that she feels like she can’t show her parents her game, and I’m angry that her parents think so little of it that she can’t show them the threats she has been receiving. I’m glad Rev was there to comfort her.
The threat of people posing as someone else to take advantage of young kids online is real. I think that’s why this book resonated with me so much, because I have online friends (who aren’t anything like this online friend Emma has, thank god) and when I first started talking to them, that “what if” was always on the top of my mind whenever I was talking with them. Once I got to know them more though, it disappeared. But meeting up with someone who you barely know is not a smart move, friends, even if you feel alone because your parents are getting a divorce. That whole sequence of events was terrifying. Especially after it was over and Emma started asking the officer questions about him, like his age. It’s such a real threat.
My favorite parts are whenever Rev and Emma would meet up (With Texas of course). That’s when they let their guard down and started talking, opening up to each other. Something both could look forward to in their day. Of the meet ups, my favorites were when they sat back to back on the church bench and texted each other and when Rev & Declan got back from visiting Declan’s dad, when they walked down to the end of the lane and practiced some jujitsu. Honestly? Iconic. I need a boy to teach me jujitsu please and thank you.
Some of my favorite character growth moments were when Emma finally realized things about her parents, like her dad isn’t all she thought him to be and her mom wasn’t actually that bad; and when Rev talked with his dad about the emails and when he visited his birth father and started to move on from his abusive grasp. Those were important, pivotal moments for both of them and I’m glad they happened.
My Overall Rating: 4/5 stars