Contemproary Young Adult Fiction Book Review: To Get to You

Publisher's Description

"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 her father fights for his life, Riley hits the highway to head east. But when his Jeep breaks down before he even leaves California, he must rely on the one man he despises to get to the girl who needs him the most. And when it comes to the surfer with the Volkswagen van and dog-eared map, a thousand miles may–or may not–be enough to heal the past.

A story of new beginnings and second chances."

My Review

To Get to You is a thoroughly engaging and thoughtful young-adult novel by Joanne Bischof. Once I began reading this book, I simply didn’t want to put it down! Perhaps it was the coastal setting that drew me in since California and the Pacific Ocean are so very dear to my heart. Perhaps it was the relatable characters that enthralled me in all of their authentic vulnerability. Perhaps it was the well-paced plot that moved the story along nicely just as it moved the characters along on a road trip of forgiveness, redemption, and second-chances. Perhaps it was the pleasant prospect of new beginnings and the enduring innocence of young love that pulled me into the story and included me in the timeless journey of self-discovery and hope. Perhaps it was all of those things and more expertly pieced together into a well-written story that resonated with faith and heart. 

This novel was touching, inspiring, and entertaining. It was sweet and real and everything a good book should be. I sincerely recommend To Get to You. It is a book worth reading, re-reading, and sharing. Ms. Bischof is a talented writer, and I eagerly look forward to reading more of her novels in the future. 

My Reflection

This novel does a beautiful job of reflecting upon the fact that God, our creator and savior, is also the ultimate restorer who so very often crafts beautiful things out of the broken fragments and damaged pieces of our lives. With unconditional love and infinite grace, he repairs and softens the broken places, redeeming them and remaking them into treasures that have purpose and value. I found it very uplifting and encouraging to journey with the characters in this book as they found healing for what had been broken, forgiveness for what had been hurt, and restoration for what had been lost.

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*I was given a copy of this novel by the author. A review was not expected. The review I have freely written, whether positive or negative, contains thoughts and opinions that are entirely my own.


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