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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  3,480 ratings  ·  305 reviews
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 ey
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Published July 8th 2014 by Simon Pulse
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Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Through To You by Lauren Barnholdt
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Rating: 5 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (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 spi
Debbie Narh

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
Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it

Lauren Barnholdt’s Through to You is a quick summer read. Fast, flirty, and fun.

“But now I’ve gone and kissed Harper, and to make it even worse, I did it on the hood of my car after a rainstorm, at a park while we were having a picnic. What the hell was I thinking?” Haha...

Harper and Penn’s flirty, kiss and run & hide relationship started with the classic note passed in class and heated up from there. It just happened. They hung out, kissed and argued in a don’t-talk-or-text-me-for-weeks kind of
Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
I received a free copy via Edelweiss.

Harper has never been noticed by Penn before until he leaves a note on her desk saying he liked her sparkle - the tinsel she put in her hair for school spirit day. Both are surprised that Penn has shown Harper some attention. They start to hang out, ditch school and have fun. But Penn think he's in no position for a relationship, but pursue's one anyway, albeit a hot-and-cold one. Differing pasts, differing ideals, yet drawn together anyway.

I was hoping for
Jen (Pop! Goes The Reader)
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“The door to the bathroom opens, and I hear footsteps crossing the floor. A group of girls laughing as they reapply their lipstick. They’re happy and excited.
Like I should be.
But I’m not.
Instead here I am.
Crying in a bathroom stall.
This is how it ends.
And I have no-one to blame but myself.
I saw it coming.
I just couldn’t stop it.”

It all started with a note. Four simple words. “I like your sparkle.” What begins as an
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
When I first read the synopsis of Through to You, my attention was immediately captured. I wanted to read it despite the not-so-high rating on Goodreads. When I read the book though, I was quite disappointed.

Harper is the good girl type, while Penn, who is the resident heartbreaker, is the total opposite. It all started out with Penn complimenting Harper's tinsel. And when the two ditched school together, they surprised each other and themselves, which started their attraction towards each other
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was ok

I just could not connect with the characters, their actions aggravated me. They were also pretty plain. I did not feel any depth from the story and overall it did not make me feel any emotions other than some frustration.
It did keep my attention, but the writing is so simplistic and rushed. I almost feel like this is an outline of a story and isn't fleshed out.
The characters would do things and say things that just didn't make sense.
I also didn't get the point..
It's not horrid writing, i
Jul 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
Judging from the description of this book, I thought it was going to be a light and fun contemporary read that I could get through fast. However my assumptions were wrong. The story starts off introducing Harper as a girl who has been under the radar until Penn starts to notice her. He leaves her a flirty note on her desk and even though it didn't really mean anything, their relationship unexpectedly develops from there.

Even though mature content is brought up in the book such as hooking up, sw
Provided by the Publisher via Edelweiss

The story starts with Harper gets her heart broken and then it goes back to the beginning, showing us how it comes to this point. It is told from both Penn's and Harper's point of view.

I have read a few of books written by Lauren Barnholdt and I absolutely loved each one of them. Likewise, I enjoyed reading this one greatly.

Relationship between Harper and Penn moved a little too fast in my opinion. Well, it wasn't like an inst love or anything, still it pr
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was difficult for me to hate this book. From the first page I already liked the story and it didn't help that I giggled like an idiot during the sweet parts.

The story is about two unlikely people who fall in love amidst the problems and pain of the past.

Harper is an aspiring choreographer. She's sweet and cute and shy. She works as a receptionist at her mom's dance studio and has a singer best friend named Anna. She gets a note in class from Penn, the ex-baseball star turned bad boy with the
Jamie-leigh Haughn
This book was sent to me for review from Simon and Schuster.

I hate giving books bad reviews, I respect the amount of work put into writing a book, but I also need to be honest in my reviews.

When going into this book I was expecting a really cute contemporary, something light and fun. Unfortunately this is probably the biggest disappointment of a book that I have read so far this year. I couldn't get into the story at all, it felt very plain and boring and the characters were horrible. I felt li
At the start of the book you find Harper in the bathroom crying over Penn. Then you jump back to the start to find out what led up to it. Honestly I did not enjoy this that much. I only kept reading because I wanted to know why Harper ended up in the bathroom crying. The relationship between Harper and Penn seemed very rushed to me. There two hardly knew each other and then all of a sudden they couldn't stay away from one another. Harper was pretty push, which I could understand to a point, but ...more
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Through to You bored me unfortunately.

I didn't like Harper. She annoyed me at the start, and she got worse as the book progressed. Penn wasn't much better, but he didn't annoy me as much as her.

I felt bored for the majority of the book unfortunately. I didn't care about anything that happened, and i didn't care for the characters.
The ending was okay, but i was just glad to finish it!

Overall, Boring, with unlikeable characters.
Jun 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 stars

Novel provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

Opening Thoughts
I went into this book expecting a light, fun contemporary, but I didn't get that with this book. I had heard some pretty negative things from several people that I trust, so I went into this books with expectations at rock bottom. However, the first thirty pages seemed promising. The seemingly beginning of Penn and Harper's relationship was cute and I their characters were cute, if a bit annoying. Sadly, it quic
I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

2.5 stars

I've read most of Lauren Barnholdt's books and I've always enjoyed them, so imagine my surprise at not being able to connect with this book at all. Truth be told, I wanted to give up on it after a couple of chapters, but I decided to keep going and see where Barnholdt would take me with her story.

To be honest, there isn't much of a story in the first
Jaime Arkin
This is only my second Lauren Barnholdt book and I thoroughly enjoyed my first… I may have gone in with my expectations a bit high though. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like this book… on the contrary. I enjoyed it for the most part, I just didn’t love it.

We start at the end with this story, and we know that Harper has had her heart broken and that she completely blames Penn but what we don’t know is the why or the build up to that. And that story starts with a simple note “I like your sparkle” d
Through to You can be summed up in one word - CUTE. Every now again (not often) I love to read a book that is cute, short and simple. I really feel like I read this at the perfect time.

Penn and Harper could not be more different. Penn is confident, cocky and of course has a reputation. He has a rough home life - and ever since his injury has had one heck of a chip on his shoulder. He doesn't "do" relationships and is often questioning himself when it came to Harper. Harper is sweet, shy and your
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
The main reason I didn't rate this higher is because the entire story is OMG I CANT LIVE WITHOUT HER/HIM to OMG SHE/HE MADE ME ANGRY AND IM GOING TO IGNORE HER/HIM FOR WEEKS. It got really old really fast.

I could have been okay with it if there would have been something else to it. Yes, Penn is going through some shitty things and has a crappy family life, but it didn't seem like he was trying to deal with anything. He just wanted to wallow.

I liked Harper, but she always went back to him as so
Alissa Gundrum
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed how this seemingly cute and fluffy contemporary dove into some deeper topics within the lives of the main characters. I did feel like the characters were a little hard to connect to. The main female, Harper, overreacted sometimes. The main male, Penn, had a lot going on in his life, but he was so moody that it was kind of hard to understand who he really was as a person. I did really enjoy how Lauren Barnholdt handled the idea of a teenager, who had experienced trauma, ove
" "And one time I overheard my mom saying I would probably have issues with men because of it."
"And do you?"
"Have issues with men?"
"Well, I'm not sure. I don't know any men."
He smiles."

This was cute. also idc the woman on this cover looks 30.
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2.5. Stars

Honestly? This book was average but with zero redeeming qualities. Like Harper said, this book is just the surface. There is no depth, no complexity and nothing to hold your interest. Even the side plot of Harper's best friend and her crush on her best guy friend was completely pointless in the end since nothing changed. And don't get me started on Harper and Penn's "romance", nothing happened except the cliché of the hero constantly pushing away and shutting out the heroine while she
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this in the way I’ve liked all the Lauren Barnholdt books I’ve read so far. It’s definitely not a serious read, or something I’d actively recommend, but they’re quick, easy reads. I usually do her books in a single day, like I did with this one. I didn’t love this, but there was nothing about it that made me mad or gave me any reason to dislike it.
Bailey Roth
Jan 04, 2019 is currently reading it
I like this book because it is romantic and makes you guessing. I love Harper because she is like me she is afraid of boys and goes dancing class. I hate Penn because he is a bad boy and wants to make a move on Harper. Penn is sweet and a bad boy at the same time which is weird. I think the author did a good job writing this book because it is a mystery. I like that Harper and Penn date and be in a great relationship. I love that they got into their relationship and then they didn't feel anythin ...more
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Often people with trauma don't always face their fears and sadness by themselves. In the book Through To You by Lauren Barnholdt, a teenager struggles with finding the correct path through his life. The protagonist, Penn, has a hard time opening up to anyone including his family about his tragic accident. Penn was a baseball player and had dream was to become an all star baseball player, because of his accident he is unable to play baseball anymore. He needs a scholarship to go to college and th ...more
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
This is my first book by Lauren Barnholdt and I’m not gonna lie, I added it to my TBR based on the cover alone. Yes, I’m vain. But, once I read the summary, this book was something I really wanted to read. I’ve heard good things about Barnholdt’s books and this was a good book to start me off. It’s like and it’s exactly what I was hoping it would be!

The beginning really hooked me in with a sneak peek at the end of the book. It warns us that things betwen Harper and Penn won’t be easy and I was n
May 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Original review here

Through to You, a book about Penn and Harper falling for each other though they are the complete opposite - but opposites attract right? Penn and Harper are the definition of opposite. Loud, playful jock versus shy, quiet, keep to yourself type. But a little "sparkle" is enough to flick into something else.
The idea of the book, while not necessarily original had some hope to it. But I was disappointed. The characters were all over the place, and I found it frustrating. It
Sophia Chan
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I choose to read this book because I've read other books by this author, and I really liked it. What I really loved about this book is the characters. This book is based on two people's perspectives. I noticed the even though the two characters are male and female, they still have similar characteristics. Fear. "' She wants me to have a physical,' Harper says,' and I have a phobia'"(Barnholdt 19). Harper apparently has a fear of anything physical for some reason that's not stated in the book. "O ...more
I am a huge fan of Lauren Barnholdt and ALWAYSread whatever she writes. She's my go to author for fluffy contemporary reads and so when I needed a book to keep me company the other day by the pool I grabbed my copy of this one and started reading.

Through to you follows the same format as pretty much every Lauren barnholdt book, the before and after scenes with the added bonus of both Harper and Penn's POV (I actually really like the name Penn now, PENN, PENN, PENNN) Remeber how I said above 'She
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
OUT's Review

This is one of the many books that capture my attention because of its cover. I seriously need to stop this. Through to You was slow paced in my opinion. I also felt this book should be label middle grade and not young adult. Harper and Penn’s relationship started off strange from the beginning. It all starts when Penn leaves Harper a note on her desk saying he liked her sparkle she wore on her hair for school that day. The note didn’t have any meaning. He was just trying to be nice.
Emma Martinez
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Two different worlds colliding. You wouldn’t think it would work, a popular jock going for a nobody? Through To You by Lauren Barnholdt takes you on a journey of young new found love. Written in two different perspectives to show every detail of their journey.

No one really knows that Harper exists. Until one boy notices her. “ I like your sparkle”. Is the note he left on her desk. It wasn’t supposed to mean anything but somehow those four words turned into a journey with them. Harper and Penn. T
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