More Than We Can Tell
More Than We Can Tell
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Annotation: When Rev Fletcher and Emma Blue meet, they both long to share secrets, his of being abused by his birth father, hers of her parents' failing marriage and an online troll who truly frightens her.
Catalog Number: #153109
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 410 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-681-19014-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-681-19014-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017025086
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Emma is a talented computer-game designer dealing with a nasty internet troll while her parents' marriage crumbles. Rev is the weird kid at school with a secret: his estranged, abusive birth father is trying to contact him. A chance meeting brings the two sensitive teens together; their blossoming romance is sweet but doesn't distract from their equally complex and compellingly told personal dilemmas.
Publishers Weekly
Emma is a gamer who codes her own games, much to the chagrin of some of the young men who play them. When one user begins trolling her with increasing intensity at the same time her parents- marriage falls apart, Emma unexpectedly turns to Rev, a neighbor with his own difficulties: his abusive, religious biological father wants to reconnect with him. Emma and Rev bond over their respective secrets, both harassed online by people who are leaving them increasingly fearful. Alternating between the teens- perspectives, Kemmerer (Letters to the Lost) does a good job of fleshing out their worlds beyond their interactions with each other: Emma-s immersion in gaming culture includes a flirtatious online friendship with a player named Ethan, and Rev builds an engaging and hopeful relationship with the mistreated 14-year-old foster kid his parents have taken in. Readers will find it easy to fall into Rev and Emma-s lives as romance hovers between them and they confront the violence of their past and present. Ages 14-up. Agent: Mandy Hubbard, Emerald City Literary. (Mar.)

School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 8 Up-Emma Blue inherited a passion for gaming and video game development from her father. His work often keeps him working long hours with little time for his family. Emma's mother is also a workaholic who strongly disapproves of Emma's interests. Motivated by a school project and a desire to gain some attention from her neglectful parents, Emma creates an entire video game on her own. OtherLANDS is an elaborate Internet-based game that has attracted a following of over 200 people; but she wants it to be perfect before it is unveiled to her overly critical mother and disinterested father. When players in the game start to cause problems for her in her real life, Emma feels like she has no one until she meets a strange boy in the churchyard. Rev Fletcher wears long-sleeve hooded sweatshirts even in the summer heat, because scars from his childhood cover his body. Now that he is living with his loving adoptive family, the emotional and mental scars from years of abuse are also hidden. Rev's past comes back to haunt him when his abusive father sends him a letter on his 18th birthday. Not wanting to burden his parents, Rev has no one to talk to until he meets a strange girl in the churchyard. A companion to author's Letters to the Lost , this is a riveting story told in alternating chapters. Rev and Emma's characters are engaging and well developed. Readers who enjoyed the previous volume will find even more to love in this novel, as it fully explores one of the characters with more depth. This title also stands alone for those who are new to Kemmerer's work. VERDICT A must-have for any YA collection. Give to teens who enjoyed A Boy Called It by Dave Pelzer or The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Ellen Fitzgerald, Naperville Public Library, IL
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Rev Fletcher, adopted by his foster parents at a young age, never takes their love and respect for granted. Ten years after becoming part of their family, he receives a letter from his abusive fire-and-brimstone father, causing memories of the severe physical traumas Rev endured during his childhood to burn deeper than ever. Meanwhile, Emma Blue is on top of the world, having created an online game, OtherLANDS, that has already developed a community. But her parents' fights and mother's constant criticism, already wearing her down, take a backseat to one player's constant harassment and vile threats. By the time Rev and Emma meet, their wounded souls and hard-kept secrets are eating them alive, begging to be shared. Their immediate connection sears them together with promises to help one another stand up to the people they fear most. Hard, sharp edges and guarded personal lives punctuate Rev's and Emma's stories. Kemmerer carefully peels away the characters' inhibitions, illustrating the fragility of their ability to trust. Mature topics, including foster parenting and divorce, creativity and autonomy, religion gone awry, the politics of trust, and facing one's most intimate fears, make this an absorbing, emotional roller coaster of a read. Readers looking for a different sort of coming-of-age story or teen protagonists grappling with complex situations will fall in love with this romance-tinged novel.
Word Count: 86,486
Reading Level: 3.6
Interest Level: 9-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.6 / points: 12.0 / quiz: 500133 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.6 / points:21.0 / quiz:Q77010
Lexile: HL480L
  • Give to teens who enjoyed . . . The Perks of Being a Wallflower . - School Library Journal , starred review New York Times bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer pens a new must-read story of two teens struggling under the burden of secrets, and the love that sets them free. With loving adoptive parents by his side, Rev Fletcher has managed to keep the demons of his past at bay. . . until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back. Emma Blue's parents are constantly fighting, and her only escape is the computer game she built from scratch. But when a cruel online troll's harassment escalates, she not only loses confidence but starts to fear for her safety. When Rev and Emma meet, they're both longing to lift the burden of their secrets. They connect instantly and deeply, promising to help each other no matter what. But soon Rev and Emma's secrets threaten to crush them, and they'll need more than a promise to find their way out.

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