Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Review: Through to You by Emily Hainsworth

Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Pages: 272
Received: Borrowed from Evie at Bookish

Release Date: October 2, 2012
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Goodreads Synopsis:

Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. Viv was the last good thing in his life: helping him rebuild his identity after a career-ending football injury, picking up the pieces when his home life shattered, and healing his pain long after the meds wore off. And now, he’d give anything for one more glimpse of her. But when Cam makes a visit to the site of Viv’s deadly car accident, he sees some kind of apparition. And it isn’t Viv.

The apparition’s name is Nina, and she’s not a ghost. She’s a girl from a parallel world, and in this world, Viv is still alive. Cam can’t believe his wildest dreams have come true. All he can focus on is getting his girlfriend back, no matter the cost. But things are different in this other world: Viv and Cam have both made very different choices, things between them have changed in unexpected ways, and Viv isn’t the same girl he remembers. Nina is keeping some dangerous secrets, too, and the window between the worlds is shrinking every day. As Cam comes to terms with who this Viv has become and the part Nina played in his parallel story, he’s forced to choose—stay with Viv or let her go—before the window closes between them once and for all.

My Review:

I was so excited for this book, the idea of a story where a character is able to travel to a parallel world really caught my interest. And the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous. In all honesty though, I did not get out of this book what I really wanted. There was so much about this book that I enjoyed, but I found that the synopsis of the book gave a lot away before I started. This is definitely one I wish I had gone into not knowing what it was about.

What I really loved about this book is that it is so much more than just a science fiction book. A lot of this story is about knowing when to let go after losing someone important to you. Hainsworth really touches on how it feels to lost someone and how you would do everything to have one more moment with that person. She had a beautiful way of writing the story of Cam and Viv, showing how they miss each other and would do anything to have the other back. I really sympathized with each of the characters.

This book left me asking myself questions of what I would do in a situation like this and also really makes me look back on past choices. I really love how Hainsworth touches on the different parallel worlds, showing how one decision can affect a person's life so much. 

I did feel like this book started out very slow and that there wasn't as much build up to the ending as I had thought there would be (since it was kind of given away in the synopsis). Though there were quite a few interesting twists in the story that kept me reading. There was a lot to this story that kept me wanting to read it, but at the same time I just didn't find myself surprised by what was happening which was disappointing for me.

All in all for a debut author this was a well done story and Hainsworth really connects with her readers with her subject matter. I only wish that there had been a little more to the story and that it wasn't all given away in the synopsis, I would have liked it more if I hadn't known what was going to happen.


  1. Grrr, I really hate it when they reveal too much in the synopsis... I would be inclined to leave this one for a bit until I can forget what I've read and then go ahead and read the book. It sounds like Hainsworth is really talented!

  2. I'm with you and Aylee - there are SO MANY situations like this lately, where the synopsis basically reads the book for you. It is crazy.



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