Jan 22, 2020
Through to You
Posted by Lauren Barnholdt

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 eyOpposites 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 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

  • Title: Through to You
  • Author: Lauren Barnholdt
  • ISBN: 9781442434639
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Through to You 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 h


    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***Through To You by Lauren BarnholdtPublisher: Simon PulsePublication Date: July 8, 2014Rating: 5 starsSource: eARC from EdelweissSummary (from ):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 d [...]

    Abbe Hinder

    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 sa [...]


    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?” HahaHarper 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- [...]

    Lauren ✨ (YABookers)

    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 [...]

    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 . 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.Through [...]

    Jen (Pop! Goes The Reader)

    Did you find this review helpful? Find more of my reviews at Pop! Goes The Reader!“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.” Wha [...]


    Provided by the Publisher via EdelweissThe 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 pro [...]


    *2.5*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, 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 [...]


    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 [...]

    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 yo [...]


    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 you [...]

    Alissa Gundrum

    3.75/4I 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 [...]


    1.5 starsNovel provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewOpening ThoughtsI 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 [...]

    Marzana Mutee

    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 [...]


    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 starsI'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 pla [...]

    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 ea [...]


    Original reviewhere 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 wa [...]

    Sophia Chan

    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 [...]


    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 [...]

    Once Upon a Twilight

    OUT's ReviewThis 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 n [...]

    Emma Martinez

    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 [...]


    I hate to admit that I'm pretty disappointed by this book. It just felt so long and drawn out even though it wasn't a long book. I wasn't really able to connect to either characters and honestly they annoyed the hell out of me. Penn is a jerk and Harper is a pushover. I didn't feel like either character had any redeeming qualities and never really felt any sparks or a connection between the two. I definitely didn't feel like their HEA was believable. Not only did I not like Penn and Harper, but [...]


    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 [...]


    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 [...]


    This was an okay contemporary YA romance, but the characters were a little crazy at times!Harper seemed to have a phobia of everything, and was also quite vocal about her phobias. Why she thought that Penn’s towel would have flesh-eating bacteria was quite beyond me.Penn had a bit of an anger management problem. Okay he was upset about his shoulder injury, but her threw things a little too often.The storyline in this was alright, but the main characters seemed to spend quite a lot of time not [...]


    I kept waiting for something to actually HAPPEN in this book, and nothing ever did. The most interesting thing about the two protagonists are their names: Harper & Penn. Quite frankly, these two have no business being together. There seems to be very little attraction between the two and they're relationship is more out of boredom than anything else. The plot was too light: he has a shoulder injury and is waiting for the right doctor to call. She wants to be a choreographer (although she doe [...]


    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.


    2.5 but I feel like this fits on the lower half. I love Lauren Barnholdt's books but not this one. So much drama at times and honestly Harper and Penn annoyed me most of the time. So much arguing over nothing. I love contemporary but I guess I can't like everyone. This won't make me stop reading her books but I'm glad this one was a library book.

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