Reader Reviewed More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

More Than We Can Tell

Written by Brigid Kemmerer

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March 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: gripping YA thriller | Two damaged young people are the central characters in this gripping novel. Rev, who lives with his adopted parents, still bears the scars inflicted by his abusive father, and fears that he may one day meet the man again or, even worse, turn into him. Em’s homelife is toxic, her parents argue all the time and her mother often attacks Em too. She takes refuge online, but that space stops feeling safe when one of the vile trolls who target her (mostly for being female) tracks her down in real life. Em and Rev meet and become friends, but the tension and dangers to both mount. The suspense is maintained throughout, and Em and Rev are compelling characters. Some scenes will upset readers but it’s a powerful exploration of abuse and recovery. ~ Andrea Reece

Holly Goldberg Sloan writes equally well about this topic in her YA novel I’ll Be There.

Reader Reviews


In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading teen/YA Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Lauren, age 15 - 'More Than We Can Tell is cleverly written, and it is hard to find fault within it. A completely original concept that I would recommend to all my fellow peers.'
  • Dulcie Johnson, age 14 - 'A must read!!! More Than We Can Tell is an amazing book that is very interesting and talks about issues that are very significant and important...'
  • Felicity Kerswell, age 15 - 'When I started reading this I could not put this book down until I finished it 6 hours later. This book was amazing!'
  • Humaira Kauser, age 19 - 'I liked the characters and I especially enjoyed reading the chapters told in Rev's point of view. Also as a side note, the cover is beautiful, that alone should make you want to read the book.'
  • Emily Price, age 15 - 'Thoroughly enjoyed this book, having been a fan of John Green’s book, I really loved this storyline. I must admit, it’s very gripping!'
  • Emily Dickson, age 13 - 'More Than We Can Tell is a well written, powerful book. It has rather adult content, including child abuse and cyber bullying, so I’d only recommend it to older teens.'
  • Olivia Dally-Fitzsimons, age 15 - 'This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It is meaningful and the characters make you feel included and I never wanted to put it down.'
  • Neha Saji, age 15 - 'I loved 'More Than We Can Tell' by Brigid Kemmerer. I recommend it those who like an emotional book about finding self acceptance; overcoming online bullying; and perfectly sweet romance.'

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More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

This is a story about learning to be fearless and set your secrets free. An intense and gripping novel that will speak to fans of John Green and Jennifer Niven.

Rev works hard to keep the demons of the time before his adoption at bay ... until a letter from his father after his 18th birthday brings the trauma of his childhood hurtling back. Emma escapes real life by perfecting the online game she built from scratch. Coding is way easier than facing her parents' nasty relationship or the growing distance with her best friend ... But when an online troll's harassment starts to escalate, she fears for her safety. When Rev and Emma meet, they're buckling under the weight of their secrets. Though both of them find it hard to put their problems into words, they connect instantly and deeply. Rev and Emma's problems might be worlds apart, but they promise to help each other no matter what. But promises are made to be tested and some things hurt more than we can tell.


A tremendously satisfying dual-narrative romance ... Kemmerer's second contemporary novel is topical, psychologically astute and- yes- swoon-inducing * Irish Times *

About the Author

Brigid Kemmerer

Brigid Kemmerer is the author of Letters to the Lost, More Than We Can Tell, and the YALSA-nominated Elementals series and the paranormal mystery, Thicker Than Water. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, with several stops in between. Brigid is now settled near Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband and children.

Author photo © Nicole Daacke Photography

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416 pages


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Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

8th March 2018




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