Title: Through to You
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Release Date/Publisher: July 8th 2014 by Simon Pulse
Finished: May 20th 2014
Pages: 256-ARC given for review
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Opposites attract—and then complicate—in this romantic, relatable novel from the author of Two-way Street and Sometimes It Happens.
It starts with a scribbled note in class: I like your sparkle. Harper had casually threaded a piece of blue and silver tinsel through her ponytail in honor of school spirit day. And that carefree, corny gesture is what grabs Penn Mattingly’s eye. Penn—resident heartbreaker of the senior class. Reliably unreliable. Trouble with a capital “T.” And okay, smolderingly sexy.
Harper’s surprised by Penn’s attention—and so is Penn. The last thing he needs is a girlfriend. Or even a friend-with-benefits. The note is not supposed to lead to anything.
Oh, but it does. They hang out. They have fun. They talk. They make out. And after a while, it seems like they just click. But Penn and Harper have very different ideas about what relationships look like, in no small part because of their very different family backgrounds. Of course they could talk about these differences—if Penn knew how to talk about feelings.
Harper and Penn understand their attraction is illogical, yet something keeps pulling them together. It’s like a crazy roller coaster—exhilarating, terrifying, and amazing all at once. And neither knows how to stop the ride…
What I Thought:
I was given a copy of this to review from Simon and Schuster Canada, thank you!
After reading the blurb, this is pretty much almost exactly what I expected: a complicated romance where the guy has issues of commitment but the girl wants more and can’t voice it very well. He’s also a bit of a bad boy, or trouble as they call it, and she’s a girl who never gets in trouble or does anything wrong. There’s passion, some funny moments, family and past issues, and of course heartbreak.
But that’s not to say it’s a bad or boring book. I did finish it in one day, but like some teen romances there could have been so much more added to it. There were times where the characters got frustrating, like I just wished Penn would open up to her and get over his past, or that Harper would talk to him about herself especially after he does a few things to upset her. Communication is the key and yet again another couple isn’t using it and things get worse as the story goes on. I know the point is to get the tension and excitement up for the reader, but this one could have been a bit smoother and not just a lot of making out.
Overall the romance and the story was ok while I was reading it but it could have been better. One instance with her friend seemed like it should have been a much bigger deal, but it felt like it just had no meaning to Harper. Then the ending didn’t really leave me satisfied, like one thing just happens to work out and that’s it? Kind of disappointing and lacking.
It would probably be one of those ones that you pick up this summer just for fun and you enjoy it, but it’s not on the top of your list for summer favourites. If you love it, then that’s great, but for me this one won’t be as memorable as some other stories I’ve read.