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I Belong

Review: Through to You by Emily Hainswoth

Title: Through to You

Author: Emily Hainsworth

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Series: N/A

Publication Date: October 2, 2012

Format: Hardcover, 272 Pages

ISBN-10: 006209419X (Harper Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062094193 (Harper Teen)

Reviewed by: Kayla


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.

Quick & Dirty: A guy loses his girlfriend in a wreck, but when he has the chance to get her back, she’s different.

Opening Sentence: It’s the same dream that I’ve been having for the past two months–Viv walking away from glass and fire, her laughter echoing through the night.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Have you ever wanted to change the past? To maybe have one more chance to make things right? For Camden Pike, that’s all he wanted when his girlfriend died in a car crash that he survived. In a town where you used to be the star football player and you had the perfect cheerleader girlfriend, you can’t go wrong. But then if you get hurt and can’t play anymore, that perfect life is gone. You quit the football team and your girlfriend quits cheerleading, so as long as you have her, everything’s fine. But then she dies. And your life goes to crap. Then what? That is the short version of Camden Pike’s life. And he figures that if he has his girlfriend, Viv, back, then everything would get better.

In the beginning of the book, you might find yourself wanting to just give up because it is very depressing to read. It starts off on the two-month anniversary of Viv’s death, and I personally think that this is a very good place to start the book off, but at the same time it’s very depressing and pretty slow. Which I understand because sometimes it takes a while to get to the point of the story, but it is very slow and I did want to give up on it. But the moment you want to give up on it, the story shifts and Camden meets a girl at Viv’s memorial that is illuminated by a glowing green light. Her name is Nina and she is from an alternate universe where Viv is still alive…but Camden is dead. That is where things start to get interesting.

Cam is the main character that is very depressed. He isolated himself from everyone that cared about him and he made it to where no one wanted to be around him. But then he figures out that Viv is alive in the other world and he turns himself around and makes things in his life easier.

Nina is a girl that claims to be Camden’s best friend. She knows everything about him, even how he takes his tea. But why didn’t she tell Cam about Viv still being alive? Viv’s reason: Nina is obsessed with Cam. The truth: well, I can’t tell you that. Nina is sweet and kind but she warns Cam that being with Viv could be very dangerous, that he lived without her and he can do it again. She has secrets though that she hasn’t told him, but he learns to trust her and that she saved his life, in more than one way.

For a debut writer, Hainsworth is surprisingly good. The plot is unpredictable. And even though the beginning of the book is slow, it’s worth the wait to read on and find out the truth about what really happened. So if you are a reader who loves a good sci-fi mystery and a love story entwined together, then I give this book a thumbs up! However, if you are impatient and can’t wait and just want to give up on a good book, then go right ahead, but you will always wonder what is the real story behind the night that Cam died in the alternate universe.

Notable Scene:

It’s the same dream I’ve been having for the past two months–Viv walking away from glass and fire, her laughter echoing through the night. She’s coming toward me, her lips stretched into a seductive smile. Her hips sway and I want to touch her so much it hurts. I want to bury my fingers in her black hair. She’s a dark, stunning contrast to the bright flames rising behind her. I anticipate breathing in her scent–it’s like spring–and running my hands over her skin, never letting go. But then she stops and looks away from me. The fire dances on her cheek. I want to scream, but I am mute. I reach for her, but I can’t move. She turns back toward the flames.

I’ve lost her again.

FTC Advisory: Balzer + Bray/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Through to You. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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