- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062094193
- ISBN-13: 978-0062094193
- ASIN: 006209419X
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,454,449 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.
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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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. It was so heart breaking to see him struggle so hard as even though I knew he wasn't crazy, he didn't and that made it all the harder to bear.
In the opposite spectrum of emotions, his joy and relief upon meeting the parallel world's Liv is breath taking, yet again changing the emotional flavor of the novel. But even more impressive than the direct emotions experienced was the slow but steady personal growth as Cam slowly started to heal and find himself again. As he went from the extreme loss to hope, he still manages to keep his head rather level considering the rather extraordinary circumstances. I just wanted to shout out my encouragement when he didn't just accept things at face value, but made rather rational decisions. I'm not sure many of us would actually have the strength to do that in the face of getting such a profound second chance with a lost love.
I really enjoyed the simplistic style of the writing for this book. Everything was bare bones, with no real lengthy descriptions. I just felt like the raw and open nature of the writing really fit the story, especially as Cam was reeling in his grief as he wasn't going to be poetic in that state. That open nature did leave things a little obvious as the book progressed, making some of the plot twists predictable to me as a result. However, that didn't lessen the impact of them one bit as it was the emotion, not the actual events that made this book what it was. Several times throughout reading Through to You my heart felt like it had been ripped out of my chest as it bled for Cam and his suffering. This is such an emotionally impactive book that it is a beautiful yet staggering thing to experience. Anyone who has ever experienced love or loss should absolutely read this book!
When the blurb of a book says something about parallel worlds, I'm hooked. In that respect this book doesn't disappoint at all. Inventive and absolutely believable, it blends the paranormal into the normal to the extent that one starts looking for one's own alternate dimension.
If I was a teenager, Camden Pike, the main character, wouldn't be my choice for a boyfriend. That is how wonderfully realistic the author created her male lead. Though basically a good, upright young man, Camden is just too negative and depressed to be the perfect and very stereotypical hero.
The girls in his life are almost opposites in character. Nina is kind, quiet and wants to help. Viv is, according to me, simply selfish and possessive.
The downside of this book for me was Camden's utter unwillingness to do something about his grief. The romantic interludes also got on my nerves at times, especially when it became clear that Cam's relationship with Viv might have been more destructive than constructive.
For a very different but realistic paranormal romance, I recommend Through to You as a very worthwhile read. (Ellen Fritz)