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To Get to You

(Wild Air #1)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  199 ratings  ·  78 reviews
To get to the girl he loves, Riley Kane must head off on a road trip with the father he never knew. Then pray for a miracle.

Most teens would love to have a pro surfer for a dad. Just not Riley. Abandoned as a kid, he hates the sound of the ocean and the man who gave himself to it.

When the eighteen-year-old learns that his best friend is stranded at a New Mexico hospital as
Kindle Edition, 152 pages
Published August 31st 2015 by Mason Jar Books (first published August 1st 2015)
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Sarah Grace Grzy
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 15+ for thematic elements
Recommended to Sarah Grace by: Micaiah
Oh my goodness . . . What did I just read?!?!?

This was so good. Like really good.

The characters are so unique and vibrant, I would love this book even if the plot stank (which it didn't). Riley is fabulous. Sweet, got baggage, unique. Such an amazing flawed character! Becca was also so sweet, and while she didn't play a huge part in the story, you couldn't help but love her. Riley's dad was also amazing . . . such a unique (I know, I keep saying that . . . ) and multifaceted character. But Sau
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AW AWW AWWW AWWWW AWWWWW. This is a precious nugget that made me laugh and cry and UGH feels.
m a r y l i z
Reread January 2018:

My heart is so full. I started rereading this on a roadtrip through Arizona and California.

Best decision I've ever made. <3


I don't think I can describe how much this book now means to me.

This was more than just words printed on 292 pages. These black-and-white sheets of paper are bound together with love, heart, and indescribable contentment.

This book is Volkswagen vans. In-N-Out burgers. Ukuleles. Cold breezes. Converse. Broken sand dollars. Christmas trees. Soft smiles.
Five stars, as always. ❤
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was amazing.
Libby May
Libby found another 5 Star! :D

So. Basically. Before we get into the technicalities. I didn't love this book at first. Riley sort of got off on the wrong foot for me, and I didn't fall for his "at first sight" attraction to Becca. However, it was so perfect and so well worked out throughout the book.
Also, the whole thing wasn't really a Romance. It did start out that way, and end that way, but honestly, I would name it as a side plot to the trip that Riley and Saul and Jake had.
The Faith concep
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My friend lent me this book because it's one of her favorites. Honestly, I wasn't expecting to much from it. I was pleasantly surprised when I started the book, so I ended up reading most of it in one night.

What I liked:
1. Joanne Bischof has a poetic style of writing. It isn't as strong as some authors I've read, but that repetition and flow is still there.
2. I loved how pretty much everything in this story was building on redemption and love of family.
3. All the settings were described so pe
Rachelle Cobb
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riley Kane will steal your heart. A more enduring man with a mohawk I've not met on the pages of a book.

Joanne Bischof ventures from her signature historical style to write this contemporary story of a father-son reunion wrapped up in a road trip. Sometimes genre-hopping fails to catch my interest. Not so with Joanne's way with words.

The pacing in this novel was superb--I wondered how the road trip would pull a compelling build to a story that revolves around the emotional journeys of the charac
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very Sweet

This book is about love. Not necessarily romantic love although there is a bit of that. This is about the forgiving kind of love, the showing up kind of love, the wanting to do better kind of love, the learning kind of love. It was a journey, figuratively and literally. I really enjoyed it.
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I could pin down my favorite element of fiction books ever, it's male camaraderie. Any book that has a decent amount of close friendship between guys is one I'm likely to love and read again. Fortunately I'm not the only author who likes this element. While To Get To You sounds like a romance, it actually spends most of the novel on Riley's trip with his dad, Jake. The romance is a catalyst to throwing Riley and his dad together for the real plot of facing each other and what they've become. ...more
This world wasn’t created to be a place of broken relationships, bitterness, or heartache. Which is why all those things hurt, when we see the broken shalom of the world, and is also why we as humans love a redemption tale. To Get To You starts out as an apparent romance novel, but the romance—though very sweetly done and a redemption tale of its own merit—quickly steps side stage to a greater story and journey of reconciliation between a young man and his father who walked out on him and his mo ...more
Heather Gilbert
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rich in redemptive themes and rife with believable characters, To Get to You takes readers along on a hope-filled road-trip to remember. This is a coming-of-age story that's unusual because it is written from a male (Riley's) perspective. I loved that the romantic element wasn't heavy, and that Riley got to know Becca's family. I also enjoyed all the obviously well-researched references to surfing and skateboarding, which were such a fun touch. Once again, Bischof gets to the heart of her charac ...more
Taylor Bennett
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really sweet story, filled with gorgeous prose and beautiful character arcs. My only complaint? Way too short!!!
Meghan DeWalt
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novella is heart-warming in it's romance, soul-touching in it's redemption and the second chances and hope woven through out pack a personal punch as Joanne's writing always does. She has done it yet again with this redemptive road-trip tale.
While YA, and a road trip at that--slightly reminiscent of John Green's Looking for Alaska--there is something in this story missing in his. Hope. And you'll just have to read it to find out if Riley not only gets to the girl he loves, but if he embrace
"To Get to You" is such a good book! A friend of mine told me how good this book was so, of course, I had to read it. I’m so glad I did! I had only read one other book by Joanne Bischof, but this is definitely my favorite. The story follows Riley, an eighteen year old. His dad is a pro surfer, but Riley doesn’t exactly like his father a whole lot since he left Riley and his mom when Riley was a kid. When Riley finds out that his friends father is in the hospital in New Mexico he sets off from Ca ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers who want fresh and unique YA fiction
A first for author Joanne Bischof, her newest release not only shifts its setting (we begin the adventure in California), it also moves her comfort zone forward several decades to the contemporary age. Her debut contemporary novel also marks her first real foray into young adult fiction. With all of the changes she’s made to her publishing platform (she’s now among the Indie authors) and the subtle shift in styles, following her journey has been one adventure after another, and her latest novel, ...more
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I enjoyed this book! It was, as promised, a fun, light, road trip novel! (which you know I love)
However, I did have a couple of problems with it, but first lets get to the things that I liked:

It was really clean, which is always awesome! I also loved that fact that there were a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, and a lot of great twists that I didn't see coming that had me on the edge of my seat! I loved some of the aspects that really made it feel more real (e.g. the audiob
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a tale of healing... and wrapped in the venue of a road trip in a classic VW bus. It's an adventure on wheels that will capture hearts, with everything from In-n-Out stops to skate parks to a budding love story across the miles to an unexpected chance to redeem lost years between father and son. What's not to love?? Written from the male protagonist's viewpoint, this is a story that guys and gals alike will enjoy (and adults, too!).
You will learn to love the rugged hope weaving its stitches
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Oh my stars, this book was the best thing that ever was.

From 'Be Still My Soul' I've been a fan of Joanne's work and she has never once disappointed me! This book was cute and sweet and hit me in the deepest parts of my heart.

Riley Kane, the book's narrator and main character, was off on a journey from the moment he met Becca, and what a journey that turned out to be. There were twists and turn along the way as he found himself rolling down the highway to the girl who held his heart. One of th
Ashley Ludwig
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book.
As a mom of girls just entering the YA reading category (and faithful Joanne Bischof historical fiction reader), I agreed to pre-read this story.
I never expected to be so moved.
Told in Riley' s contemporary POV, he has issues. A talented kid, he's made trouble for himself and his family. Now he's working hard to 're-start his life his way. And this journey tale gives him the opportunity to make the peace that passes understanding.
Pick it up and take the journey. Beautifully and brilli
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
LOVED this book. Short and sweet and I am so ready to read more! Joanne is one of my favorite authors and this is her first contemporary fiction. I think it is wonderful and a must read for all ages!
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book on a road trip and it was the perfect choice of reading material! Not only is it about a road trip, so that worked out nicely, but the story line had such great emotional pull, it kept me reading and reading.

This is the story of a journey. It is a physical journey, a romantic journey, an emotional journey. It is a young adult book, told from Riley Kane’s perspective, yet is definitely not one that can only be enjoyed by the young adult community. I loved getting to see inside of
Serena Chase
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I entered this novel expecting much more romance than what the story actually contained, but you know what? I didn't miss it. While it's true that Riley and his girl don't spend much page-time actually being together--even though she is always, always on his mind *sweetness*--you never doubt he is being driven by love. But when the story begins, Riley has already fallen for the girl, and it's pretty clear (though subtly) that she feels the same. Yes, he must get to her, but it is t ...more
Rose (Adventurous Bookworm)
At first glance, this book appears to be a romance, but once reading, I realized that it is about a damaged relationship between a father and a son. The romance is the reason for the meeting between Jake and Riley, but not a main focus of the plot.

One of my favorite characters is Saul. He has a great personality and is very fun to read about.

The writing style is a bit different compared to Joanne Bischof's other books, so it was interesting to read. Also, there were a few predictable parts in th
Sarah Farley
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
cute cute cute cute
Jill Williamson
Oh my heart, what a sweet story. This book grabbed me and did not let go! I read it in two days and did not want to put it down. It was really more of a coming-of-age, road trip story with Riley and his dad, than a romance. This book finaled for the Christy Award, and it was an honor well-deserved. Lovely, deep characters. I look forward to reading this heart-warming and engaging story again.
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To Get To You by Joanne Bischof is a contemporary Christian romance and the first book in the Wild Air series. On the surface it is mainly a road trip but delve deeper and you will find hidden treasures.
The main theme is that of fathers. God our Father will never let us down. Earthly fathers are not so perfect. Earthly fathers may leave us, sometimes through no fault of their own. Responses to being left can vary from hurt and anger if abandoned, to grief and love if it was unavoidable.
The theme
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I have this friend. I'm sure you have one like her, or maybe you are her. ;) She's the friend who will tell you about her favorite author and then you, with the best of intentions, assure her you'll read a book by that author. And then you don't, because there are so many books and so little time and sometimes we just forget important details like new author names, but I digress (I've always wanted to use that word!). My friend knows that I enjoy finding new authors and reviewing books, so sh ...more
Kerry Johnson
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joanne Bischof has one of the smoothest, most readable writing styles. Like melted butter. Her voice is so real and down-to-earth, it feels like the author is talking directly to the reader.

Riley and Becca's story is written in Riley's young adult-overcoming-teen-mistakes point of view. Having lived that myself, I dove into the story. Like I said, her writing just flows along with scenes and emotions so smooth it's like hot chocolate.

Butter, hot chocolate. These are very good things, and so ar
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An ECPA Christy Award winner and an ACFW Carol Award winner, Joanne Bischof writes deeply layered fiction that tugs at the reader’s heartstrings. Joanne’s 2016 novel, THE LADY AND THE LIONHEART, received an extraordinary 5 Star TOP PICK! from Romantic Times Book Reviews among other critical acclaim. Joanne has a long-standing passion for romance and a budding fervor for theology. She is more and m ...more

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