Through to You

Through to You

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by Emily Hainsworth
     
 

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Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. He'd give anything to have just one more glimpse of her. But when Cam visits the site of Viv's deadly car accident, he sees an apparition. Her name is Nina, and she's a girl from a parallel world. When Cam follows her there and makes an unbelievable discovery, it's as if all his

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Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. He'd give anything to have just one more glimpse of her. But when Cam visits the site of Viv's deadly car accident, he sees an apparition. Her name is Nina, and she's a girl from a parallel world. When Cam follows her there and makes an unbelievable discovery, it's as if all his wildest dreams have come true. But things are very different in this other world. Nina is hiding a secret, and the window between the worlds is shrinking every day. As Cam comes to terms with the truth, he's forced to make a choice that will change his life forever.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Courtney M. Krieger
Camden Pike lost everything the night his girlfriend, Viv, died in a tragic accident. She kept him sane when his career as a football star ended, when his father abandoned the family, and when his workaholic mother coped by being more absent. Now all he has is his memories and Viv's shrine to comfort him. While visiting the site of the deadly crash, an eerie green light appears, and there is a girl named Nina on the other side calling to him. Although he does not recognize the girl, he soon learns that the green light is a portal into a parallel world where Viv is still alive. Determined to have her back, Camden ignores Nina's warnings about the other Viv and seeks to make his life whole again. As the portal begins shrinking, Camden finds himself at the center of dangerous secrets and deadly obsessions. Hainsworth's debut novel is fresh, exciting, and haunting. Through her portrayal of a grieving young man, she explores the question that plagues so many in real life: "What if?" Although the novel is classified as a sci-fi thriller, it deals with real themes and real issues that face people of all ages (i.e., grief, trust, relationships, and identity). The well-developed characters help readers make an immediate emotional connection that results in a personal investment in the outcome of the story. Although there is a moderate amount of foul language sprinkled throughout the novel, it is a must-have for any classroom or library shelf. Reviewer: Courtney M. Krieger
Kirkus Reviews
The (almost) always-intriguing game of "what if" is subjected to tortuous navel-gazing in this debut. The story opens two months after the death of Camden's girlfriend, Viv, in an automobile accident. Two years earlier, when his football career was sidelined permanently by an injury, it was Viv who exclusively sustained him. Now he has nothing. When he finds himself--again--one night at the shrine erected at the accident site and sees an unfamiliar girl in an eerie green light, he reaches into the green light to push her away, inadvertently pulling her into his reality. It turns out that in her universe, the accident at that street corner had a very different result. The grief-stricken Cam finds himself drawn to this alternate reality, learning much about himself and his relationship with Viv that both tantalizes and disturbs him. The novel takes a very long time to get to this point and presents only one possible permutation of Cam's reality, leaving readers with only their attachment to Cam to keep them going. Unfortunately, his first-person, present-tense narration first wallows in his misery and then plods along, describing thoughts and actions in blow-by-blow detail that quickly becomes tiresome. Try the far more exciting and provocative The Future of Us, by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (2011), for a successful exploration of "what if." (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)
ALA Booklist
“Intriguing.”
Brenna Yovanoff
“Smart, singular, and utterly compelling—I loved it!”
Christopher Pike
“THROUGH TO YOU is a page-turning read. I lost hours of sleep because I just had to finish it!”
School Library Journal
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 City

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062094193
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

Meet the Author

Emily Hainsworth was raised in upstate New York and currently resides in Denver with her husband and daughter.

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