Published by Simon Pulse on 08 July 2014
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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Also by this author: Two-Way Street, Right of Way
Place(s) Traveled To: Southboro, Massachusetts // Boston, Massachusetts
First Line(s): This is how it ends: with me crying in a bathroom at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, cursing myself for being so stupid.
Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt was a quick, easy, brain candy sort of read. There is nothing deep within its pages and for me, was just a so-so contemporary young adult romance. The story focuses on Harper who is a good girl who passively exists in high school along with one of her few friends, Anna, who was super annoying and a character I did not like. Harper’s love interest is Penn, the very cute bad boy loner who can have any girl in school but for some reason impulsively writes Harper a note telling her he likes her sparkle. I liked the premise of the book and the set up of the meet-cute but what followed was just a hum-drum predictable story where I never really bought this couple as a couple.
Harper and Penn where your typical high school characters although Penn has some serious issues and, in my opinion, needs a whole lot of therapy. He’s the sort of character who blows more cold than hot and would constantly push Harper away. Often being cruel in the process. I honestly don’t know why Harper put up with his bullshit and why she always seemed to accept his non-apologies. I get that Penn was dealing with some serious things and that his home life wasn’t the greatest but his attitude left much to be desired. Harper herself was also pretty passive and accepting and was a bit of a Mary Sue.
Through to You was a quick read and I like how Barnholdt writes but it just seemed a bit too formulaic and there wasn’t enought depth or heart within its pages. I never felt that heat achy feeling when our couple was going through their stuggles as they journeyed to their happily for now. Instead I found myself sighing at all the cliches that were contained withing its pages. For me, Through to You was just an average read but its not a total waste of time. Its a book that would make a good pallet cleanser when you are coming off a book high or something that was super emotional. Its not a book that I would rush out to read and I probably won’t ever re-read it but Lauren Barnholdt will still have shelf space devoted to her on my bookcase.