Monday, October 15, 2012

Carla's Thoughts: Through to You by Emily Hainsworth


Published October 2nd 2012 by Balzer + Bray

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.

I love me some male POV, mix that with a book that is contemp/sci-fi and I am SO on board with that bizness. Cam’s voice is probably the best thing about this book – he’s just the right amount of moody and distant; enough to make me care but not too much that I want to punch him in the face. And shit has he been dealt a crappy card, I mean, has his dad up and left but his lawyer mom is never around and his girlfriend is six feet under. If that was me I would be catatonic. For real.

The writing is snappy and fast paced at times but it slows into a nice rhythm you can relax into – I found myself reading this in one day without it feeling like much effort; the chapters flow seamlessly into one another and aren't bogged down with clunky pointless descriptions of the parallel universe. We don’t really need to know about this new place that’s so similar to the real world. This new world is whatever we think it is, kind of like a metaphor for what-ifs and maybes.

I won’t say that I was completely bowled over; the whole Viv thing was quite annoying and I think her relationship with Cam needed more fleshing out because although we know that he loved her, we don’t ever really get to see this, we just have to believe.  At some points I actually wanted to stop reading out of frustration because cam was acting like an idiot, but then I had to remind myself that he was an angsty teenage boy and he has to make mistakes to learn from them.

Through to You is all about learning from your mistakes and moving on. It’s about finding out who you really are and carving your own place in the world without having to be defined by anyone but yourself. It’s about choices. 

13 comments:

  1. I kind of think not really knowing about their relationship, only experiencing it from Cam's memories, is part of the intrigue. Especially when you compare it to....(not gonna spoil anything.)Great thoughts!

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    1. oh I know what you mean but for me personally, I didn't find it intriguing, I just found it frustrating. the whole 'show not tell' thing is ingrained deep in this chick.

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  2. I agree with Annette, that would definitely be part of the intrigue. Just living through it via Cam. This cover is absolutely haunting and BEAUTIFUL and how did I not know it was through a dude's POV? That's awesome. Some of the guy POVs have been so fabulous (AHEM, Something Like Normal. Easy.) and others? Not so much (Beautiful Creatures, BLARGH!) But this one sounds like a book I'd adore, even if Viv is a little bit obnoxious. YES PLEASE.

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    1. pahahaha BC? gtfo my bookshelf amirite.

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  3. Male POV: awesome.
    Parallel world: great.
    It's a shame that there relationship wasn't fleshed out enough, but I love the sound of this story. The cover is also very pretty :) Awesome review.

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    1. don't let that deter you from reading - their relationship is a defining part of the plot, but it's mainly how that relationship affects him *now* if that makes sense? I just couldn't make my mind comprehend why he behaved a certain way because I felt no connection to viv.

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  4. I must admit that I 100% agree with you, Carla. I kept seeing rave reviews for this one, but when I read it, I felt more "meh" about it. I enjoyed the writing, the pacing was great, but I just didn't feel connected to it. I could sense something was off and I, too, wish we had seen a bit more of their relationship. I think it would have helped me be more emotionally invested.

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    1. this is precisely how I felt! I was just not emotionally invested at all. like I could care less, but actually, I really really don't.

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  5. Cam was definitely an idiot sometimes, but I still loved this book! It was very fast-moving, which was great.

    Great review, Carla!

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  6. I like the fact that this has a male POV - I rarely get to read books like that! It's an interesting premise, but I would feel like the relationship should have been more central to the plot. Still, I really like the cover and the idea and I definitely want to read it!

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    1. male POV is one of my all time favourite things. EVER. when done right it is revelation.

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