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Through to You

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  2,336 ratings  ·  381 reviews
Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. He’d give anything to have just one more glimpse of her. But when Cam visits the site of Viv’s deadly car accident, he sees an apparition. Her name is Nina, and she’s a girl from a parallel world. When Cam follows her there and makes an unbelievable discovery, it’s as if all his wildest dreams have come t ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

On my one and only status update for this book, a brief discussion was held on how there are so many books in the YA genre recently that have an immense amount of potential, but, unfortunately, that potential is never met. And while unmet potential sadly is very common in YA, I went in to this book with very high expectations, sure that I would absolutely love it, only to be disappointed in th
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars A bit uneven in the middle, verging on tv drama at times, and characters certainly could have been developed more, but I still found this to be extremely unusual and enjoyable and a bit bittersweet.

Fans of Cold Kiss' meditative take on grief and loss might enjoy this one. A promising debut.
Cee (The Mistress Case)
Jan 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Boo Hoo, I don't care.

This review sums up everything.
Tamara Stone
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I truly don’t know where to start with my review of Emily Hainsworth’s debut. Maybe just to say this: THROUGH TO YOU is my favorite kind of book.

I have to admit, I really wanted to love this novel before I even opened it. Emily and I are friends, so of course I hoped I’d enjoy her story. Instead I was over-the-top impressed from beginning to end.

I devoured it in a matter of days, hiding away from friends and family just to sneak in another page or two before I was missed. I ultimately finished
Initial reaction: I'm on the fence about "Through to You" because I think the novel became so much better towards the end, but the beginning and middle were muddled to heck and back. I was incredibly frustrated with it in parts. I read the audiobook version provided by my library, and Jesse Bernstein is an apt narrator for it, though I think I was more frustrated with Cam's viewpoint voice in general. I understood his grief and heck, even understood the emotions and desperation that came with it ...more
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love looking at how many genres and subgenres this book is shelved as -- fantasy, paranormal, sci fi, dystopia, romance, contemporary, and thriller are just a few. But that in and of itself is one of the greatest strengths of Hainsworth's debut. It's got a little bit of each of these and because of that, this book is very fresh.

Camden Pike lost his girlfriend Viv in a car wreck, and he walks by the utility pole memorial everyday, hoping he'll see her just one more time. The accident was the re
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very different.

I think the idea of two worlds that are connected through the place a tragic event happened on both "sides" is great.
I think how the author handled that specific aspect of the story -the two different/similar/switched worlds- was great.

I really liked how small things where different that didn't seem like a big deal but at the same time made a huge different to the actual lives of the people. Because that is just how it really is, isn't it? Even the simplest choice
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Through to You and I do not love each other. For starters, Cam’s plight had me feeling more of ‘Get on with it, mope-y grieving boy,’ instead of my usual ‘I weep for you, sad one.’ He’s just got so angsty, him and his drowning in his grief. And I got, in fact I did get it the first couple of paragraphs in… but to drag it on for what seemed like chapters? It bored me, is all.

My indifference was not at all aided by that sudden shift into Twilight Zone. Instead of piquing my interest, I wound up c
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Well, this was an interesting story. (~ 3.5 stars)

These days I try to read all different books, and so far I've managed to get my hands on some very interesting and refreshing stories.
I've come to see that grief and paranormal/sci-fi can work pretty well together - this book is a nice example.


The concept:
Two different worlds so different but so similar?
Choices that could change everything?
The other side if the coin? 
What happens when two worlds collide? When people are dead on one
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally posted on A Reader of Fictions.

Through to You is one of those books that reminds me, in case I could forget, why I love to read YA fiction. It's a genre-blending, throught-provoking, creepy, beautiful, unique book. Prepare to be surprised, confused and refreshed by a read that doesn't fall into the usual YA plot lines.

At first, Through to You comes off a straight contemporary. We join Cam mired in his grief, two months after the death of his girlfriend Viv in a car accident. He was wi
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
This novel surprised me by its depth. It was more substantial than I had expected it to be and reading it was a pleasure. While the premise is rather bleak with a bereaved Camden trying to search a way out of his all encompassing grief and finding a second chance, the execution of the novel saves it from being depressing and too emotional. I was not sure that I would like the male narrator as I usually have trouble with them but I needn’t have worried as Camden’s voice is readable and is not…how ...more
I always have a special place in heart for emotional stories of grief and death. A story about how hard it is to accept death of the one you love and moving on like a mechanical being. Carrying guilt for something inevitable, grief stricken Cam can't forgive himself for Viv's death.
But what if in a parallel world, Viv's death never happened and Cam is the one who died. With appearance of strange and mysterious Nina, from a parallel world led Cam to discover the doorway between two worlds where
Kimberly Sabatini
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-ya
As the end of this book was rolling into the station, I found myself yelling out loud--"Oh, no you didn't!" That was directed at Emily Hainsworth because she put in a little twist that I didn't quite expect. Nicely done! But it wasn't just that one, high-impact moment that stood out. This book was about subtle but powerful nuances of character, situation and perspective. And while this story reads like an exciting, sexy adventure, it also had my brain doing some very interesting mental gymnastic ...more
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Caution: those expecting lots of action and swooning heroines - this book is mostly about coping with loss - which is so very important within YA lit, where we deny loss the most. "Through to You" was a pleasantly fun little thrill ride, though there were parts that disappointed me (namely, things that weren't talked about at all but really needed to be talked about), it was mostly pretty awesome. If you're looking for a subversively quiet sci-fi/fantasy YA book, go for "Through to You".

Okay, so
2.5 stars

I downgraded this because, in all honesty, I think I was considering more my intense love of the premise rather than the weaknesses of the novel.

I love the idea of parallel dimensions. I love it! There seemed to be so many possibilities of interesting places that Hainsworth could take this...

15%: Okay, so we're dropped into the typical Angsty Narrator. Poor baby, your girlfriend died...there is zero originality in this, and there's nothing original about C
Abigail Clayton
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Through To You, by Emily Hainsworth
Book Review by Abigail Clayton

Through To You, by Emily Hainsworth, is a novel telling an “oh so classic” teenage love story, and what is a classic without a few twists? This teenage love story incorporates not only the drama and emotional aspects shown through the main character of Cam's life, but also the idea of there being another world. This world could be considered the “Realm of Being,” pertaining to The Great Chain Of Being. In the “Other World,” everyth
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on my blog

Through to You by Emily Hainsworth is one of those books that you just know is super creepy and wrong, but at the same time you can’t stop reading. I was fascinated and sickened by Through to You. It was beautiful and haunting and just…wrong.

I loved Cam and I felt for him in Through to You. His pain over the loss of Viv broke my heart and gah, I just loved Emily Hainsworth’s portrayal of Cam. I thought his heartache and
Feb 22, 2011 marked it as to-read
whooa this sounds good.
Travis Cantonwine
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who love a fresh quick book that is bound to tear some emotions from your flesh
Here is a nice, spoiler-free(-ish) review, from the heart. I rated by 5 stars and as you can see from the four yellow stars above, I rate this 4 stars overall. Here is why:

3/5 Stars

Camdon Pike lost his girlfriend, and loss is not a new thing for many people--including me. Emily Hainsworth did wonderfully (for the most part) on showing how a human can crumble, although humans crumble differently. Cam crumbled exceptionally, for his father is absent and his mother as well--sometime
Twice I've started this book. Twice I've quit. Maybe I'll try again in 2 years. Third time's the charm? ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Quick read and interesting story
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was just an enjoyable read. Nothing very special but made me spend some good time
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I loved the turn of events. It was a really enjoyable book
Khadiza Parvin
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Khadiza Parvin
Period 6
Through To You
By: Emily Hainsworth

“For this is Wisdom; to love, to live,
To take what Fate, or the Gods, may give,
To ask no question, to make no prayer,
To kiss the lips and caress the hair

I assume that Through To You is more than a typical Twilight Series, that I have read several times, but this novel… just hits the bomb shell. As a matter of fact, Through To You is the type of book that shows me the will to love again, even though you’re facing difficulties in li
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Earlier this week, this book showed up at my library because apparently I had put it on hold. I don't remember doing this, but I figured I might as well read it since I've heard good things about it and the concept sounded interesting. Just a warning, this review is going to have one spoiler, because it would be pretty difficult for me to write a. But otherwise I'm going to try to make it spoiler free :).

Through to You was definitely better than I expected it to be. The whole apparition thing ha
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, romance, mystery, scifi
GENRE: YA Science Fiction
THEME: Angst/Romance

Through to You by Emily Hainsworth was not particularly what I was expecting, the story was very well written and definitely hits the emotional notes for the loss of a loved one. But I felt that the synopsis pretty much gave away everything that happened in the book. I’m all for mystery and guessing what’s going to happen next and was a bit surprised on predicting most of the story.

Through to Y
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, signed
Emily Hainsworth’s debut novel is one you don’t want to miss. This story of parallel worlds will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

This review is going to be completely spoiler free but let me just tell you, it’s a little harder than normal for me to stick to that with this book. I just want to go on and on about it!

First up, the story is such a unique concept. I admit that I have been getting a little bored with all the similar stories in YA. Through To You definitely
Paige Bradish
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I agree with the back on the book this book defiantly is full of unexpected twists! In the beginning of the story we meet our main character Cam. As we know from the synopsis he has just lost his girlfriend Viv in a terrible car accident, and he's trying really hard to move on but he's having a really hard time. All of her friends set up a shrine for Viv right outside of school and Cam walks past it everyday. He's hoping that at one point it will get easier, but it doesn't seem like it's go ...more
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I flew through this book. Probably because Camden’s voice is amazing and I fell for him immediately!! He’s genuine and broken and an utter...guy—which I absolutely adore. *sighs* Yes, I liked Camden very much :)

But I also felt extremely bad for him. Because not only did he lose the ability to play football he also lost his girlfriend, Viv, in a terrible accident that he still blames himself for months after the fact.

So when Cam sees a girl materialize near Viv’s memorial, he thinks he’s finally
J.E. Rogers
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It’s not often that one is given the opportunity to review a book that has yet to be released. I am pleased to say that I was lucky enough to be offered this opportunity by Byrd’s Books of Bethel, Connecticut. Byrd’s Books is one of those very rare ‘birds’ in today’s world; an independent, small shop book seller. Located in the center of the town of Bethel, the store resides in the upper floor of an old house, which is as quaint as the town itself. If you ever get to Connecticut you must visit B ...more
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Emily Hainsworth was raised in Syracuse, New York, until she fell in love and fled its gray skies for the sunny Rocky Mountains. Before she started writing full time, she worked as a turndown maid at a fancy golf club, scooped poop at a dog boarding kennel, worked retail in an upscale pet boutique, and owned a dog grooming business. She currently resides in Denver with her family. Emily's debut no ...more

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