Wednesday, May 28, 2014

ARC Review | Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt

ARC Review | Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt" class="ubb-image alignleft">Through to You Published by Simon Pulse on July 8, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

Opposites attract—and then complicate—in this romantic, relatable novel from the author of Two-way Street and Sometimes It Happens.

It starts with a scribbled note in class: I like your sparkle. Harper had casually threaded a piece of blue and silver tinsel through her ponytail in honor of school spirit day. And that carefree, corny gesture is what grabs Penn Mattingly’s eye. Penn—resident heartbreaker of the senior class. Reliably unreliable. Trouble with a capital “T.” And okay, smolderingly sexy.

Harper’s surprised by Penn’s attention—and so is Penn. The last thing he needs is a girlfriend. Or even a friend-with-benefits. The note is not supposed to lead to anything.

Oh, but it does. They hang out. They have fun. They talk. They make out. And after a while, it seems like they just click. But Penn and Harper have very different ideas about what relationships look like, in no small part because of their very different family backgrounds. Of course they could talk about these differences—if Penn knew how to talk about feelings.

Harper and Penn understand their attraction is illogical, yet something keeps pulling them together. It’s like a crazy roller coaster—exhilarating, terrifying, and amazing all at once. And neither knows how to stop the ride…


I received an eARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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First off, my most favorite aspect of this book was the fact it’s told in both the female and male POVs. I loved going back and forth between Penn and Harper. I felt I was able to get to know them better and also a little insight into each others thoughts.

From the moment Penn dropped the note on Harper’s desk, I was intrigued. I wanted to know what made Penn tick and what was holding him back. I wanted to know why he picked her. Of course, that was the same question Penn had for himself. He couldn’t even figure out what it was about Harper that made him do something so out of the blue, but I for one, am glad that he did. The more I got to know Penn, the more I wanted to dislike him for his pushing Harper away, but like her, I just wanted him to open up. I didn’t feel sympathetic towards, but empathetic. I just wanted him to open up and I wanted him to open up to Harper more than anything.

The progression of the story, I felt, was perfectly paced out and allowed the reader to really see Penn and Harper as individuals trying to “figure it all out.” For once, I was happy to have a male character with the “issues.” Not to say Harper didn’t have her own issues, but this book presented both characters in a way that allowed for them to build off each other and grow in their own way at their own pace.

Sure, it had it’s frustrating moments, but like any relationship, a book about a relationship between two people is sure to have it’s frustrating moments. Of course, for me, the romantic and imperfect moments are what won me over and left me swooning a little in the end.

Through to You is a quick read that’ll take you on a roller coaster ride of emotion. And I, for one, can’t wait to add a copy of this to my ever growing bookcase.

5 out of 5 stars.


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