Review | More Than We Can Tell: A Beautiful, Emotional Contemporary about Family and Abuse

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer is an emotional story about two people who, though they have their own problems, find each other.


34236194Rev 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. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.


Trigger warnings: parental abuse, cyber-stalking

Going into this book I had no idea it was set in the same world and with some of the same characters as Brigid Kemmerer’s other book Letters to the Lost, but now I’m definitely interested in reading that one too! The main characters in this book are Rev and Emma, and they’re both very distinct and interesting individuals. They both have their own problems: Emma with being cyber-stalked and with her parents, Rev with his abusive father who has been sending him emails now that he’s left home. I loved these characters a lot! Emma is independent, smart (she’s a coder and gamer!) and a little socially awkward, Rev is strong, angsty and troubled, and together they worked perfectly!

“We all push sometimes, just to make sure someone is on the other side, pushing back.”

When I was reading this book, I was perhaps not in the best state of mind so I think that is why I felt the story was a bit distant. However, it is a very emotional and engaging story. Reminiscent of The Serpent King and A List of Cages, the story had its dark and emotional moments. Heavy topics are not avoided, but the story keeps its light and very enjoyable tone.

“We have to ask questions to hear the silent people.”

I loved that even though it is a love story, it was family that took the spotlight in the book. Both characters have complex relationships with their parents, and their parents are nice well-rounded characters. Especially when you compare it with how parents are often portrayed in YA fiction (they might as well be replaced by cardboard figures in some books), this book gave them so much more attention!

Overall, I’m giving this book 4 stars because it was a really enjoyable and emotional read with great characters! I really think I would have given this book 5 stars if I had been in a better state of mind when I read it. I am definitely interested in reading Letters to the Lost now! I highly recommend this book if you like contemporary books like The Serpent King, A List of Cages and like a bit of romance!


13 thoughts on “Review | More Than We Can Tell: A Beautiful, Emotional Contemporary about Family and Abuse

  1. I have an ARC of this one, which I’m so excited to read! Definitely check out Letters to the Lost; I liked it a lot, especially the letter writing aspect. Absolutely love when authors set their contemporary novels in the same worlds and have interconnected characters! 🙂

    Lovely review, Lia. Hopefully, I enjoy this one just as much.

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  2. Ohh this is a great review, Lia, I love it – I feel like I could really enjoy these characters and yay for the family aspect of this. I am so happy whenever family is present, we need that way more lately in books 🙂

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  3. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this! I have an arc for this and was really looking forward to it, but also a bit worried since my last two arcs were… not so good haha. Can’t wait to read this now – great review! 🙂

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  4. Just finished reading this yesterday and was searching for someone who also enjoyed it, there’s so many bad or meh opinions to this! I also went into it without having read Letters To The Lost but that one’s on my tbr now too! Can’t wait to read it and I hope you love it (even more?) than More Than We Can Tell 🙂

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