Through to You

Author: Lauren Barnholdt 
Pages: 256 
Publisher: Simon Pulse 
Format: Paperback (ARC) 
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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…

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Penn and Harper are two people who should never have met. They run in different social circles, take different classes, and have very different ideas about what constitutes a good time. But a note dropped on Harper's desk changes all that.

Soon Harper and Penn find themselves in the midst of a whirlwind romance - but all good things must come to an end, and when Penn decides to shut Harper out emotionally, the relationship can't possibly last.

Can Penn find a way to let Harper in, or was the relationship doomed from the start?

My Thoughts: I've been a big fan of Lauren Barnholdt's novels for years. They never disappoint, and they always keep me hooked from start to finish. Through to You was no exception. 

Harper was an extremely relatable character - Lauren Barnholdt's characters always are - and you feel for her when things with Penn get tough. I loved that the characters were so complex and layered, and that both Harper and Penn had rich back-stories and lives outside of their relationship. 

The writing itself was flawless and the plot flowed nicely. I loved the switching point of views, as well as the ending.  

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to anyone looking for a fun summer read, and to fans of Lauren Barnholdt. Fans of romance and contemporary lit will also definitely enjoy it! 

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