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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006209419X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062094193
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 9 Up-Seventeen-year-old Camden Pike is tortured by the recent death of his girlfriend, Viv, who died in the car accident that should have killed him instead. When he takes medication for depression, an enigmatic ghost girl appears before him on Viv's memorial street corner. Nina journeyed to Cam's world through a gateway in the exact location of the accident. Her realm is just like his, but in hers, Cam is dead and Viv breathes on. This is Cam's chance to defy the universe and reunite with the love of his life-or so he believes. The plot is comprised of a predictable Cam-Viv-Nina love triangle, with the mystical gateway being the only paranormal element. Cam is a stereotypical American teen: his emotional tumult is deftly handled and his grief-ridden obsession permeates his daily life, with plenty of unnecessary profanity peppering his narrative. Hainsworth's romantic fantasy thriller is sustaining, though lacking in literary merit. Readers would be more satisfied with Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy (Knopf).-Jamie-Lee Schombs, Loyola School, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Camden Pike is bereft. His beloved girlfriend, Viv, recently died in a car accident that Cam survived. They were everything to each other, and Cam’s life without her is a hollow shell. His parents recently broke up, and his workaholic mother communicates with him primarily through notes left in the fruit bowl. One night, while standing at the accident site, Cam encounters a strange, green, glowing girl named Nina who seems to know him well, although she is a complete stranger to him. Nina is from a parallel world and has traveled to Cam’s world through a bizarre time portal. In Nina’s world, Viv is still alive. Anxious to be reunited with Viv, Cam begins to regularly travel through the portal. Hainsworth’s plot suffers from some confusing plot elements: relationships that existed prior to the accident are absent in the parallel world, for example, and the Jekyll/Hyde character of Viv is not well developed. Still, the concept of the novel is intriguing and will likely attract readers, especially romance fans. Grades 8-12. --Eve Gaus

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Cam is a great character.
Melanie McCullough
I love when a book stirs up so much emotion and thought, that I think about it long after I've read the last page.
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The plot had a few slow parts, but overall, I was sucked into this book and I couldn't read this fast enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Thompson on October 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Through to You is a story of grief turning to despair. A despair that leaps at the chance of a parallel life offering second chances, alternatives that aren't as perfect as they seem.

I gotta say, Through to You was a complete mindjack. That's a compliment, by the way. The story begins two months after Cam loses his girlfriend, Viv, in an accident he feels responsible for. His life has virtually ended with hers. He barely manages to make it day-to-day. Author Emily Hainsworth did such a beautiful job with Cam. His grief is written so stunningly well, that I wanted to cry and despair along with him. He's so enveloped by his pain, there seems to be no end in sight.

But there is an end in sight, when Cam sees a girl at the accident scene, and here's where my review goes down the chute. I swear, anything I say here on out will spoil the story! I can say that parallel dimensions confuse me, so I was left scratching my head a bit during Through to You. But my confusion actually worked because I felt as if I were uncovering the strange truth right along with Cam. And the ending was completely and mind-boggling brilliant! Everything that I didn't understand ended up making perfect sense. There were so many little breadcrumbs throughout the story, moments that I didn't consider significant at all, that were revealed to be amazing clues. I feel like Through to You is one of the most ingenious stories I've read in quite some time, or like I'm a huge idiot for not seeing this coming.

Through to You is a story that surprised me, captured me, entertained me, and totally jacked with my brain. I had an amazing time reading it, can't stop thinking about it, and can't wait to read it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mother/Gamer/Writer on December 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: Publisher for Honest Review
Reviewed By: Me

Through to You is a tale of love, grief, and sacrifice. The unrelenting pain a person goes though when a loved one is suddenly ripped from their life. At first glance, Through to You is a love story, but at its core is a heart-pounding mystery that spans two universes. An extremely dark tale of what may happen if a person is given a second chance at love.

Camden Pike, our main character, is struggling with the loss of his football career, a father who left him, a mother who is barely around, and his true love Viv who died in an accident he believes is his fault. But all that seems to change when he meets Nina, a girl from a parallel world who claims to know him. Try as he might, and despite Nina's pleas, Camden cannot stay away from this other world, and the life he feels should have been his. And things really begin to look up when he discovers the Viv in this universe is alive and misses him as desperately as he misses her. Unfortunately for Camden, as he soon discovers, the grass is not always greener on the other side, or in this case...the other world.

I thoroughly enjoyed Through to You. Although, the first ten or so chapters were a lot to take in as a reader, I was surprised by the mystery and intrigued by all the characters. Camden was in a tremendous amount of pain, and that pain was hard to read at times. If you have ever lost someone it shouldn't be hard to relate to his suffering. However, if you can take a step back from that and get to the meat of the story which is a fantastic mystery, I guarantee you'll be surprised by how much fun is wrapped up in the novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Book Obsession.. on October 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It's been two months since Viv died and Camden Pike is no closer to dealing with the wreck he became when he lost her. She was everything to him, his rock in the world when he lost everything else that mattered. Then one night while visiting the memorial he sees an apparition of a girl in a green haze. At first he thinks he's losing it and the image is Viv's ghost conjured by his grief. But he's wrong, the apparition is actually Nina, a girl from a parallel world, one where Viv is still alive. Yet when he travels through the haze he finds things to be very different on the other side as the counterparts have made very different choices, leaving him with countless questions. Just who exactly is Nina and why is she so secretive. Why is Viv so different, and can his love for her overlook all of the startling differences? With the window of haze growing smaller each day, Cam only has a limited time to decide what he really wants before his second chance slips away forever.

I absolutely adored Cam. Everything about him felt so real, with all his emotions becoming my own as I was reading. The sheer amount of grief he is suffering in the beginning of the book is quite staggering and my heart bled for him. Not only does he feel the pain of losing the person who meant the absolute most in the world to him, but he also is dealing with a world of guilt as he blames himself for the accident. In all honesty it is almost a miracle that he was able to function as well as he did. Sure he shut everyone out, but he still was able to at least go through the motions of his life. Yet when he see's Nina's apparition he "wakes" up with a vengeance as he questions his own sanity even as his animosity towards someone else comes to the forefront.
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Emily Hainsworth was raised in upstate New York and currently resides in Denver with her husband and daughter. THROUGH TO YOU is her first novel. You can visit her online at

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