Friday, October 5, 2012

Through To You from Emily Hainsworth: A Hard Lesson With A Pleasant Surprise

Okay so I have been a bit zombie crazed lately and decided to post my review of Through To You. Now I am a huge fan of the television series Fringe because of the concept of another world existing with replicas of everyone in the world we know. This is the same concept that is used in Emily Hainsworth’s YA novel Through To You and is why I chose to download an advance copy through Edelweiss. It only took a couple of days to read because of the 272 page count and had a solid story that kept my interest. A pretty good weekend read, hint, hint.

Hainsworth does an impressive job of laying out an unexpected thriller with her characters Cam, Viv, and Nina. She manages to touch on a number of issues such as mourning a loved one, overcoming emotional and physical obstacles, and coming to terms with how choices affect a much bigger picture.




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.

Cam is the main character and Hainsworth writes the book from his perspective. I think the book was more entertaining because we see through Cam’s eyes. He’s at his breaking point because of the death of his girlfriend Viv. This is after he’s been dealing with his parents splitting up and a knee injury that put an end to his hopes of playing football. Viv helped him get over these hurdles but when she dies she leaves behind Cam who may have never conquered his original problems. I feel Cam hides a lot behind his ‘I don’t give a care attitude.’ So even though a lot of young adults may not be in as much turmoil as Cam, they may be able to still identify with him. Cam learns a lesson in how choices can affect the bigger picture.

My favorite moment in the book is when Cam see’s Nina’s high school yearbook with all the familiar faces he knows on his side and how they are so different then in the world where Viv is alive. It’s like a book of possibilities that I think youth can respond to. It is never too late to change, and I think Hainsworth gives an example of becoming a better version of yourself without changing your identity inside.

I went into this book thinking it was going to be a typical teen romance and was not expecting the thriller that unfolded by Hainsworth’s hands. It was a welcomed surprise and I loved how the book focused a bit on the dark side of first love. When your young and in love, some people have this belief that the person that they are with is it for them, and no one else will ever compare. Through To You, explains that sometimes this is not the case and the people we develop relationships with may not always be there. The obsession that develops from Viv and Cam is believable and it’s what makes the book a great addition to any teen’s library.  

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