Through to You by Emily Hainsworth
Summary: Camden lost his girlfriend—and his only reason to live—two months ago. His life has slowly spiraled downward into pointless monotony without her. While visiting the site of her demise, Camden sees a glowing figure appear—a girl named Nina who claims to be from another dimension. In Nina’s world, Cam’s girlfriend isn’t dead.
My thoughts: Through to You is, perhaps, a little too predictable. But that doesn’t stop it from being a solid read! Emily Hainsworth’s voice is compulsively readable; Through to You can easily be called a one-sitting read. In fact, that’s what I did one Sunday afternoon. Through to You is pure fun, despite being about grief. The comedy of errors in which Cam is stuck is overdramatic and totally enjoyable.
Cam starts off as an unlikable sort of dude, someone stuck in the past and unwilling to make the changes he needs to. But Hainsworth writes him in such a way that Cam grows on us. He’s a loser with possibility. The way he deals with the obstacles put in front of him feels very authentically teenage boy, from his desire to reunite with his girlfriend in an alternate universe to his sullen attitude towards everyone around him.
The girls in Through to You, on the other hand, feel underdeveloped, as if they are merely pawns used to move Cam along. That’s okay, since Through to You is more about drama and suspense than character development, but I still would have liked to see more from Nina (the glowing girl from another dimension).
A fast-paced story
+ loads of drama
+ good character development in the protagonist
= Through to You, a light, quick read.
For those who like: stories about grief, small paranormal elements
Find the author at emilyhainsworth.com.
Comment question: If you found an alternate universe, who is the first person you’d try to find?