Through The Lens

Through The Lens

by Shannon Dermott

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Being a twin isn't all that bad, nor is it all that good. Being the fat twin makes things a little worse. Seventeen year old, Jessa Shelby has been all but ignored. Trimmed down, but not skinny like her sister, she has decided to make her mark in her final year in high school.

Things begin anew the summer before her senior year when she makes friends with Ethan Hart, a boy with a twisted past, and Allie, his near celebrity status girlfriend, while taking pictures with her new prized possession. Hanging out with them opened her eyes to a lot of new possibilities including Josh Macon, whom she's secretly crushed on all through high school. No longer the 'fat girl', Josh now seems interested in her too.

Long before the day comes to graduate, Jessa finds herself gasping for air. With her vision clouded from tears born of pain as the straps from her precious camera tighten around her throat, clarity sets in. They say that just before you die your life flashes before your eyes. And on the threshold of death claiming her, she finds that partially true. Her flash begins as if to explain just how she ended up on Death's door. With mere moments left, she has to wonder if trust had come at a very high price.

Through the Lens is a standalone book YA contemporary romances. If you like sweet romance, characters you can root for, and a dash of mystery, then you'll love this.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015777796
Publisher: S.Dermott Books
Publication date: 11/23/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,212,231
File size: 383 KB

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Through The Lens 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
mlh727 More than 1 year ago
This is Shannon’s first standalone novel and I was lucky enough to beta read Through the Lens before publication. I’m so thrilled that it’s been published because now I can write about how much I loved it! The story is about Jessa Shelby, a high school senior whom is used to living in her sister’s shadow. Jessa used to be the so called “fat twin” while her sister Jenna has always been slim, the popular cheerleader that goes to all the parties, and has the cute boyfriend. Jessa, now that she has slimmed down, is determined that her senior year is going to be different. One day while helping her Dad clean out the attic, she finds his old camera and he shows her how to use it. Using the camera to take candid pictures is how she meets Ethan Hart, the hot guy with a bad boy past. I like Jessa’s character and I can really relate to her and liked that she wasn’t portrayed as being “perfect”. While I don’t have a twin, I know what it’s like to have a sibling that’s always been thin, popular, and pretty, while I was always considered the fat, shy, and “bookish” one. Ethan is really hot and Shannon knows how to write hot guys like no one else! (Please oh please give us some Ethan POVs Shannon!) If you’re a fan of her Cambion series you already know what I mean about how yummy her bad boys are! I loved the ending…..but maybe, just maybe there might be a sequel somewhere down the line (hint, hint)? I can totally see a new adult sequel for Through the Lens!
13835877 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of Through the Lens by Shannon Dermot in exchange for an honest review. Through the Lens is a fantastic story of Jessa's journey of self-discovery and coming out of her shell during her senior year of high school. Jessa's character is easy to love and connect with, as are most of the other characters in this story are. Each character faces their own little struggle, which makes them easier to relate to and seem more human. Shannon Dermott's writing creates a beautiful young adult story that I feel many of us can relate to during our high school years. I enjoyed reading about Jessa's first romantic experiences and her journey to being comfortable with who she is and her appearance.
jendsmit_ More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story!  Amazing characters and awesome storyline!  Love love love! Would recommend to anyone who enjoys contemporary stories!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I so loved this book. At first I wasn't to sure, but the more I got into it, I couldn't put it down. This story was so intence,at times, I thought I was gonna pee my pants. It made me laugh out loud, and I cried like a baby. At times I was so mad I would've liked to hit Ethan and Jessa to wake them up to open theit eyes about their feelings for each other. This was my first book by Shannon and now I'm hooked. I would recommend this book to everyone.
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paranormalbookfan More than 1 year ago
When Shannon released a contemporary novel, while not my regular read, I knew I'd have to read it. I love how she writes romance in her Cambion series, and having been a beta reader for the first book in her new series, Remember, I knew she'd done a great job there too.  We're led into the story knowing that Jessa has just lost weight, having been the fat twin. She's not like her identical twin Jenna, who is beautiful and part of the popular crowd. Jessa doesn't see herself as beautiful and prefers to just stick with her two best friends. She lacks the confidence of her sister and so does nothing about her crust on Josh, one of the popular guys at school, who used to date her sister.  With nothing better to do one weekend, she helps her dad clean out the attic and comes across an old camera. She heads out to take some photographs, not realising that this is about to change her life. While snapping away at a local park, she suddenly comes across a gorgeous guy sitting on a bench, lost in thought and begins snapping photos of him. When he notices, he takes her into the Butterfly Museum where he works and allows her to take pictures there.  Before she knows it, she has a job and two new friends, Ethan and his girlfriend Allie. Bummer, because Jessa has a major crush on Ethan but really likes Allie too so has to keep reminding herself that he's her friends boyfriend.  Things change one night, when Jessa spots an anklet on Ethan's leg, and immediately jumps to conclusions causing them to have a falling out. So when her old crush, Josh, starts showing an interest in her, she decides to give it a go.  This book had a thriller mystery kind of feel to it. Plenty of suspense and I was on the edge of my seat while reading. I really enjoyed the romance, as I had expected to and the characters were well written and awesome. Ethan = swooning.....It wasn't predictable at all as I really couldn't figure out the direction that this book was going to take, every turn of the page left me anticipating something awful happening. The only negative thing I would have to say about this book is that I felt the ending to be a bit rushed. I felt it could have been played out a bit more with more detail. It did however, end well, and realistically. I can't wait for the next book, Broken Lens, which continues on but is written from Ethan's POV, while he's away at college.
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This was a wonderful story, very romantic. I recommend it wholeheartedly to everyone. Ignore the grammar; it must be hard to write a story and then to have to edit it too.
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