Release Date: October 2, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Edelweiss
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.
Through to You by Emily Hainsworth was one of those fabulous surprises you come across every once in awhile. I really had no expectations. It had been quite awhile since I read the blurb and I had forgotten what it was about. I had some small impression that it was a contemporary until I went back and read the blurb a few pages in. Parallel worlds! How awesome is that?!
Through to You is so very unique. If you are hesitant about the plot, don’t be. I know when I hear other dimensions and parallel worlds I think sci-fi, but Through to You reads more like a contemporary thriller novel with some fantastical elements throw in. I was captivated from the very start. It’s definitely a page turner. I guessed what was going on before Cam did but I was so curious about how it was going to play out that I didn’t mind.
I loved Cam. He’s very angsty. He has a good reason, his girlfriend did just die and he’s had a terrible couple of years. All his brooding and mistrust was really believable. He grew a lot throughout the story. I was very invested in his story. I so wanted to see him be happy and not get hurt.
Though to You was a superb debut. If you want a gripping and different story I can’t recommend this enough. I’ll certainly be reading anything that Emily Hainsworth writes in the future.