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.
I received an advance copy of this book through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not impact my opinions of the book in any way. These opinions are my own. Description taken from Netgalley.com.
This book is written in verse.
I didn’t know that before I went into it.
But it turned out being okay anyway.
One of the things I really disliked about Lauren was how stereotypically I’m a girl with a problem and I don’t want you to get anywhere close to me because I’ll probably hurt you but I really want to be close to people she is. It’s incredibly annoying in YA, and it comes up on different scales of intensity. THE BRIDGE FROM ME TO YOU was irritating in that sense and hard to read, not only because I don’t usually read verse.
Then there was Colby, the football star. It wasn’t so much that Colby wasn’t the person that I wanted him to be, he was just a boring character. There was so much I wanted him to be, so much that I thought he could be and lead Lauren to be as their relationship grew and the story progressed, but it just didn’t happen. The lack of growth in this story was what contributed to my general dislike of it.
There were moments I did love, the fact that Colby and Lauren helped each other escape their own demons, and their was some beautiful prose in Lauren’s words, but overall I wished there had been more. The dark secret from Lauren’s past isn’t really a dark secret, and even their romance is drowned down.
This was a huge disappointment for me, because I loved a few of Schroeder’s middle-grade books, and I had expected a lot more, but I just didn’t get it in this story. 2 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 336