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Through Her Eyes

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,653 ratings  ·  203 reviews
Every ghost has a story to tell.

The last place Tansy Piper wants to be is stuck in Cedar Canyon, Texas, in the middle of nowhere, with a bunch of small-town kids. But when her mother decides to move to the desolate West Texas town, Tansy has no choice but to go along. Once there, Tansy is immediately drawn to the turret of their rickety old house, a place she soon learns
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by HarperTeen
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Jul 11, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I have mixed feelings about this book which is why it didn't get a higher rating. I couldn't wait to finish it and find out what would happen in the end. Would Tansy choose to stay in the real world or would Henry suck her into his own world? On the other hand I did not really like Tansy all that much. I admired the care she took of her grandpa Dan but she was so judgmental of everyone around her that it grated on me. I know moving around is hard but to so meanly label people based on f
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
3.5-4 Stars.

This a story about a girl Tansy Piper who lives to Cedar Canyon, Texas with her horror author mother and mute grandfather.

Tansy is tired from moving from state to state for her mom's books. Her mom promises to finish the book early and when she finishes they'll leave if she gives Cedar Canyon a try.

Another fact to know is that the house they live in is "haunted" because the son of the father committed suicide in the 20s, the same age as her.

So of course she's interested when she goe
Have you ever read a book that catches you totally by surprise? You're just working your way through your TBR list, and happen upon a book that doesn't particularly stand out to you, and then by page 2, BAM! You're completely, irreversibly HOOKED. You can't stop reading, the characters are jumping off the page, the scenes are so vivid you feel like you're right there, and the story is so incredibly addicting, you can't stop thinking about it. Yeah, that pretty much describes my experience with t ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Jennifer Archer's writing is refreshing, poetic and realistic. It's one of those stories that makes you wonder if this town is real and if the ghost stories really happened. I think Jennifer's portrayal of a small TX town was spot on. I felt like I was apart of the story and the world in which Jennifer created.

I was really captivated with the way Jennifer wove together history with modern day and added that perfect paranormal twist to her story. I was so caught up in how Tansy, her grandfather P
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Archer’s Through Her Eyes, tells the haunting story of Sixteen year old Tansy Piper who has been forced to move, yet again, because of her mother’s desire to put the past behind her. Tansy, her mother, and her grandfather Papa Dan, end up moving to the southwest and a small town in Texas called Cedar Canyon.

Tansy’s mother is a writer who goes by the name of Millicent Moon. Supposingly she is the female version of Stephen King, without all the fame and fortune that goes along with it. Mi
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Through Her Eyes

A ghost story mixed with a realistic contemporary setting and an intricate weaving of two different time periods makes Through Her Eyes a very haunting and beautiful read. Tansy is a character many will relate to, an outsider as a product of her constant moving but still someone who wants to make connections with others. The small town Texas setting plays a large role in the book, and the overall story line is very well thought out and in depth. Rapt with deeper nuances and mean
Lindsay Paige
Aug 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Title Thoughts: Love the title because it really goes with the book.

Cover Thoughts: I really like this title because of the eyes. That's the main focal point of the cover and has a lot to do with the book.

WARNINGS: An obsessive read.

This book hooks you from the very beginning with Tansy’s character. She moves from place to place with her writer mother and her grandfather who is suffering from dementia. Archer crafts this story to near perfection. (There’s not one negative thing I can say about t
Kat Heckenbach
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Maybe it was because the book I *tried* reading right before this one had zero voice, but it was the voice of this one that really pulled me in when I first picked up the book. I can't say it stayed as strong through the whole book, but it definitely continued to play a role in keeping me reading. The middle of the book does lag a bit--just a bit--but there is a lot of "plant and pay-off" going on (little details that end up being important later on).

I very much connected with the main character
Through Her Eyes is a decent paranormal YA novel, it has good messages about family, friendship and trust, it also has a romance which isn't entirely, hopelessly silly (though it does get silly at times).

Despite the all-too-familiar 'new girl moves to a new town' setting, once the story gets on with the plots about the haunting in a supposed haunted house and the mysterious death of the brooding teenage boy, Henry; who lived in the haunted house decades ago, the story actually becomes quite inte
A.G. Howard
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teens and adults looking for a unique and beautiful ghost story
This is a very creative ghost story, because the heroine is actually haunting the ghost in a way. During intervals, she "steps back in time" to the ghost's era to partake in pivitol scenes that are playing out in his life.

The heroine is compassionate and determined, and the relationship she has with her family is authentic and even heartbreaking as she watches her grandfather struggle with a sickness that is threatening his dignity and independance.

An atmospheric and haunting ghost story that
Paige  Bookdragon
Every ghost has a story to tell.

Reaction review:

Through Her Eyes is a ghost story but it's not about exorcising ghosts in a scary way.It's about finding out what really happens in the past through the ghost of Henry.

Although the heroine Tansy annoys me at first, (being a judgmental cynic from the start),the ending makes it one of my favorite books. I love the way Henry's ghost correct all the things he has done and the way he wants for forgiveness.

It's true what they say:

"It's never to lat
Dark Faerie Tales
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick and Dirty: Interesting concept, but still overuses some plot and character stereotypes.

Opening Sentence: I died on a bitter, cold night.

The Review:

The protagonist, Tansy, immediately typecasts herself as an outcast after moving from California and avoids the other kids and townspeople in the small Texas town of Cedar Canyon. Tansy is the daughter of a writer who moves her family around so often that Tansy feels sequestered from everyone, and feels like s
Duchess Natalia of the Northern Lights in the sky
So great!! first book to ever make me cry. <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3 ...more
Reading Teen
Nov 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Tansy Piper was sick of moving all over the country with her mother, author of horror novels, and her Papa Dan, who hadn't spoken in a long time now. More than anything, Tansy just wanted to plant some roots, make some friends, and live a normal life. But when her family move to small-town Cedar Canyon, Texas, normal was not what Tansy found. Almost immediately, Tansy was drawn to certain things about her new house; a crystal, an old pocket watch, and a journal with beautiful poems that almost s ...more
Jul 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of YA Paranormal & Fantasy novels especially ones with ghosts!
Recommended to Christie by: Teen Book Scene
Shelves: read-in-2010
To say Tansy isn’t happy to be leaving her home, friends, and school would be a serious understatement, but the choice isn’t really hers to make. Her mom writes horror novels, and hopes to find her muse in an old house in Texas. Tansy feels like she doesn’t fit in from day one, and quickly loses herself in her photography. It is through the lens of her camera that she discovers the ghost story taking place around her.

I absolutely LOVE a good ghost story, and Through Her Eyes delivered! Tansy is
May 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Through Her Eyes was a really good read in many ways. But i feel like I have to explain it in parts.


Our main character is Tansy Piper. Her entire life has been a blur of different cities and different faces. Her best friend is her Grandfather Papa Dan, and she is sort of an outcast/outsider; which is to be expected. When she gets to her newest house in Cerder Cannion, she has already desided that she doesnt like it there.

Next we have Tate. He is the love interest. Adorable, sw
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Being the new girl for the nth time, Tansy was not pleased to be stuck in Cedar Canyon. With a school that only had two hall ways, filled with people who have known each other their whole lives, Tansy was finding it hard to fit in. No one really cared about the new girl. That was until she met Bethyl Ann aka Stinky, a genius thirteen year old who kept spewing Shakespearean quotes. I liked how every character had a story to tell.

Through the lens of her camera, she not only saw a different side o
I enjoyed this ghost story. It takes place in a small town in Texas, where Tansy, her horror-book-writing mother, and her grandfather have just moved.

Tansy's grandfather grew up in this small town, and her mother has brought the three of them there in order to get the atmosphere right for her latest novel. Tansy's moved around so often that she's used to being the new girl, the outsider, but this is such a small, close-knit community that she feels even more awkward than usual.

The one thing that
Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it
The premise of Through her Eyes sounded incredibly amazing and I was really looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately, Through her eyes wasn’t exactly what I had expected it to be so I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would have.
When I started reading Through her Eyes I found it quite hard to get into, and then there were patches of interesting parts. Overall, it was quite an up and down shift in the interest levels for me. I did find some parts of the book to be a bit spooky and I thou
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, 2012-books
Carissa Moran

I absolutely enjoyed this book. It was haunting, mysterious, spooky, and yet it was also calm and refreshing. This is something different from my read, and let me tell you, I'll definately be reading others books with similar story lines! Throughout the whole story I was attempting to figure out weather Tansy was crazy, dreaming, or telling the truth. It was a big mystery to me the whole way. For the most part I thought of her as crazy. How could she like someone she doesn't know?
Robin Israel
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a girl whos mom is a famous author. She writes the haunted and scary type stories. The way she wites her boks is, wherever she wants her book to take place, she will move to the place that best suits her. So its turns out that house they move into is the house that her grandpa dan used to live in. when he was kid. Aperently there is a creepy story abut a boy named Henry who killed himself by jumping off of a bridge. So the first thing that the main character tansy wants to do ...more
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Tansy Piper is the daughter of horror author Millicent Moon (who is a female Stephen King without all the money and movie deals). Millicent has moved Tansy all over because she believes it helps her to live in the place she is setting her book in. This time they are moving to Cedar Canyon, Texas. Tansy is tired of moving and not being able to stay around and make friends. She also lives with her grandpa, Papa Dan, who has some kind of dementia.
When Tansy and her family get to Texas she is drawn
Jessica Dawn
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read my review on how 'Drink Slay Love' was put on my series disappointment list? Guess what?
ADD ANOTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I get too connected to characters so when I finish a series (or series worthy book) {That's right! I'm talkin' to you Jennifer Archer} I feel as though the characters die and i'll never see them again! Which is mostly true. I just CAN'T read a book more than once. The thrill of not knowing isn't there. Ya know what I mean? You don't? Here's an example:

You go to a theme p
Chelsea Nicole
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I read the very first page of this book and decided there was no way I was going to read another book abut a ghost. I tend to stereotype them and consider them to be much of the same thing: girl has no friends but somehow gets in contact with a ghost; ghost becomes her friend; they fall in love; girl has to choose whether she wants to be a ghost and blah blah blah.
I decided to give it another chance and I have to say that I enjoyed it very much. Tansy has to live in Hick Town, Nowhere; populati
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crimi-mystery
Interesting story about girl loving photographing and when she moves she starts to see black&white through her contact lenses on camera and is more drawn to the absolutely different world of the past.
I have to say that I was really interested to read such a story with this theme and it was really worth-trying to pick this book. If you love books full of scenes where you just can't take your eyes off of that book because how thrilling it is, love stories where are happening unexpecting things, a
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it
I wouldn't say i loved this book, but i definitely enjoyed it. I loved the idea of traveling through photographs to old memories. Since my mom is a photographer, it wasn't that hard imagining it. I also like how Tansy never directly spoke to the spirit of Henry, in that way it was unique. This book took us through the bitter-sweet love story of Bell and Henry, but i wish we had known more about Henry, and Daniel. I also liked that even though Tansy was drawn to Henry, she had enough common sense ...more
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
WOW! Great book! I have never read something that kept me guessing with every character until the very end! Just when you think you have it figured out Jennifer takes it on a little different spin! I found myself shouting out loud toward the end after a MAJOR unexpected twist! Well worth the read to the end! It comes together well, and every part, strange as it may be comes to a point!
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Been wanting to read this for a while......and boy was it worth the wait!!!!!!!!!!!! This book doesn't really have any particular paranormal theme to it--vampires, werewolves, etc., just a hint of ghostly activities--and yet, it still captured your attention and wouldn't let go. Kinda like Henry's gaze........A must read!
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
this book was certainly the best i'v read by far. the suspense was terrific and the story line was a major one upper.

a lot happened that i wasn't expecting and i was surprised by some choices the characters made but it all tied up at the end and it made perfect sense as to why did what was done.
it was an amazing book and i recommend reading it.
Laura Valencia
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book was good I read it in 7th grade and in 9th grade I'm writing a book report about it and it feels like I read the book the day I first got it in my hands. I might be a teen but I know what's a good book and what's not. I give this book two big thumbs up.
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Jennifer Archer is an award-winning author of eleven novels and three novellas in the young adult, romantic comedy, and women's fiction genres and has co-authored a non-fiction book. Her novels have been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s Rita Award and Romantic Times Bookclub’s Reviewer’s Choice Award. The Texas Library Association selected her debut young adult novel Through Her Eyes for ...more

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