Title: The Bridge from Me to You
Author: Lisa Schroeder ♥ @lisa_schroeder
Published: July 29, 2014
Genres: Young Adult ♥ Contemporary ♥ Romance
Summary from Goodreads: Lauren has a secret. Colby has a problem. But when they find each other, everything falls into place.
Lauren is the new girl in town with a dark secret. Colby is the football hero with a dream of something more. In alternating chapters, they come together, fall apart, and build something stronger than either of them thought possible–something to truly believe in.
Average Goodreads Rating (as of 08/11/2014): 3.86
- Christina thought this title was cute and quick. It goes on her 3rd shelf. To find out why…
**SPECIAL NOTE:** An eARC of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.
♥ Quick Thoughts and Rating:
3 stars! With thoughtful messages throughout and characters (and a hometown football team) that you can’t help but cheer for, this book was an easy read. I barreled through it in just a few short hours and, though it didn’t blow me away, I was satisfied with the story of hope and perseverance that I was given.
♥ The Lowdown: There’s not really much more to the story than what the summary above states, except that Lauren’s secret isn’t as dark as it leads you to believe. The Bridge From Me to You is the story of two seniors in high school, facing a daunting future on an already unsettling path. Yet, when their lives intersect, it’s the instantaneous bond they share that makes it a little easier to live in the present and not worry as much about what’s ahead.
♥ My Thoughts: Told in alternating point of views between Lauren and Colby, we learn about the issues both are dealing with at home. Colby’s narrative came across as the typical high school boy, but there were times– particularly when he was telling a girl that she was coming on as “desperate”– that had me raising a brow because it seemed so out of character for the charming town hero. Yet, his frustrations with his family and his town and wanting to step away from football to focus on academics in college was understandable, and made it easy to connect to him on a personal level. Lauren’s narrative was unique to her, and they were very short. With an almost lyrical prose and written in verse, I was relatively surprised Schroeder was able to give her such a big voice for saying so little. Though, I wonder if my rating wouldn’t have been a little higher if I’d been given more of an opportunity to connect with her had she been given more story space. Together, these two were adorable and frustrating and adorably frustrating. I liked that they seemed like more than friends, who flirted like more, but were still able to keep it casual. High school love is always a balancing act of learning anyway, and this felt very true to that.
The Bridge from Me to You felt a little bit like a whispering or a subtle nod to Friday Night Lights, the television show– small towns, big dreams, and lots of drama in between.
♥ Rec It? Sure, why not? It was a pretty good read with inspirational moments and healthy thoughts about where happiness should really be placed, as well as having a balanced perception about life and what should take priority. Friends, family, living for you is what makes us who we are and life worth living.
♥ A very special thanks to Point and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.
Full of giggles, flails, snark and Southern endearments. Avid Reader. Lover of swoony boys, kickass heroines, yummy kissing scenes, and pretty prose.
I like to draw hearts in the sky (eternal optimist) and wish on stars (forever dreamer). Documentaries, sweet tea, sleep, and brightly colored knee-socks are a few of my favorite things. ♥
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