Book Review: Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt

18629799Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: July 8, 2014

Pages: 256 (Hardcover)

good good

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…

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Simon Pulse for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.


Quite frankly, I’ve never been a fan of Lauren Barnholdt nor have I ever really enjoyed her books and I’ve read like three or four of them. Her books lack that realistic, raw feel that a teenager has during a relationship and in a romance. Her books are mostly fluff and toned down which infuriates me to no end. I’m not a fucking child. The audience for her stories are not fucking toddlers so I don’t understand why she makes everything fluffy and light and boring. Through to You is the exact same as all of the others with the same problems. Barnholdt tries to make this one a bit more edgier with one of the main character’s being very broken. Sadly, it doesn’t work in her favour and by the end of the story, I felt disappointed and tired.

This story tries too hard, it really does. The story is typical-the good girl with a million phobias of anything fun falls for the bad boy who’s biggest fan is trouble. It’s annoying because the story is fluff, and the characters are underdeveloped.  The main characters have rough problems, sure, but neither of them feel realistic and are mentioned off-handedly during the book which makes this book try to be important and moving. It’s not. Furthermore, Harper is flat-out annoying, I had a very hard time caring for her and her problems. Adding on to that, the relationship between these two is odd. I found it hard to believe that after never feeling anything for a girl, (that wasn’t sexual) Penn is flipping out over Harper and when they break up three weeks later, he’s still obsessing over her and her every move in their shared class. Plus, there’s close to nothing about Harper that seemed it would make Penn care about her even weeks after they break up. I’m sorry, but no.

Well, at least the cover matches the characters more. Also, the writing is all right in the middle of the story, the descriptions are mediocre but didn’t bother me. I wasn’t furious while reading this one like I was while reading The Thing About the Truth.

Through to You isn’t as bad as some of Barnholdt’s other novels, believe it or not. The beginning is confusing and dual perspectives isn’t properly done, but I didn’t feel overly angry while reading this one. However, I still wouldn’t recommend it to anyone since the characters are not developed, the romance is forced and close to pointless, and the whole story is extremely predictable that I’m getting sleepy just thinking about it.

One Lonely Cloud
One Lonely Cloud

4 thoughts on “Book Review: Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt

  1. Shame to hear you disliked the book. I have to agree though, despite having not read any of her work – you lay it out well. If it’s a typical bad boy romance, then really, you really need to try and make a difference, with strong characters and authenticity. Think this’ll be a book to miss. Great review, though!

    1. I keep giving Barnholdt chance after chance and she never delivers. I would recommend skipping all of her books to be completely honest. Anyway, thanks for stopping by!

  2. Aw, I’m sorry that this book was such a waste of time for you. I feel like contemporary and young-adult authors really have to know how to make their characters and writing come alive in order to capture readers’ interests – some can do it well, while others cannot. Hopefully you have better reads in your future, and nice review.

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