Monday, 24 December 2012

A Review for Through to You by Emily Hainsworth

Through to You
Posted by Donna
Release Date: January 5th, 2013
Finished Date: December 1st, 2012
Publishers: Simon & Schuster
Source: For Review 
Format: Paperback 
Pages: 272
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US / The Book Depo

Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. Viv was the last good thing in his life: helping him rebuild his identity after a career-ending football injury, picking up the pieces when his home life shattered, and healing his pain long after the meds wore off. And now, he'd give anything for one more glimpse of her. But when Cam makes a visit to the site of Viv's deadly car accident, he sees some kind of apparition. And it isn't Viv.

The apparition's name is Nina, and she's not a ghost. She's a girl from a parallel world, and in this world, Viv is still alive. Cam can't believe his wildest dreams have come true. All he can focus on is getting his girlfriend back, no matter the cost. But things are different in this other world: Viv and Cam have both made very different choices, things between them have changed in unexpected ways, and Viv isn't the same girl he remembers. Nina is keeping some dangerous secrets, too, and the window between the worlds is shrinking every day. As Cam comes to terms with who this Viv has become and the part Nina played in his parallel story, he's forced to choose—stay with Viv or let her go—before the window closes between them once and for all.

The Review: Through to You is a heart-wrenching story about Cam, a teenage boy who is struggling with the death of his girlfriend, Viv.  Cam believed Viv was the best thing in his life, they were together every minute possible and she gave him the strength he needed to deal with an injury that ended his football career. However, when Viv dies, Cam is a shell of the person he once was. When he visits the site of Viv’s car accident, he meets a girl named Nina that seems to know Cam, but Cam doesn’t know who she is or how she knows him and he’s not prepared for the truth. Nina is from a parallel world – one where she and Cam are friends and Viv is still alive. Can Cam really get his Viv back? Or is she lost forever?

I went into Through to You not really know what to expect because stories that surround parallel world or travelling of any kind have really been a hit or miss with me, however I’m pleased to find that this story was a very enjoyable one – one that I found quite gripping once I got started on. 

What makes this story stand out on its own is that it’s told from a male prospective. I’ve said a number of times that I still don’t think there are enough books told from a male prospective out there, but I believe Emily Hainsworth really captured the good male qualities from the main character, Cam. He was distraught when Viv died and he would have done anything to protect her – if he could, but of course, events like this are out of his hands. It was meant to be. He’s very protective of Viv; he’s very loyal to her – loyal to the point where he starts sacrificing his own happiness to keep Viv’s memory alive. He’s almost like a robot, goes to school, goes to work, sleeps, it’s not until he meets Nina that his life changes. And we start to see a different Cam – even though he’s still convinced he needs Viv in his life, he also see this parallel world as a huge eye opener and it’s for the better. I loved Cam as a character, it was hard to watch him in his depression stage but as the book progresses his character really comes out and it’s a character that starts to believe in love and hope again.

All in all, I really enjoyed Through to You. I think it will appeal to a lot of YA fans because it’s something different and we need more books like this out there. It’s hard to predict the storyline and there are a few good twists in the story that I didn’t expect and once again, I think Emily Hainsworth did a great job with it. 


Thank you to Simon & Schuster UK for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

1 comment:

rogier said...

tnx. i hope i read it soon