Thursday, February 4, 2016

Review: To Get to You


To Get to You
Joanne Bischof
Wild Air Series #1

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.


After Riley helps Becca carry her Christmas tree home, their relationship grows, and Riley begins to wonder if she is the one for him.  Then, Becca’s father gets in an accident and her entire family leaves to see him in the hospital a hundreds of miles.  Desperate to be of help, Riley does something he has dreaded—he asks his dad, who has been absent from Riley’s life, for help, spring loading them on a road to healing in more ways than one.

First off, can I just say I love the cover of To Get to You?  The images, scenes, colors, and lighting are gorgeous and set a pleasant mood for the entire novel.  Simply looking at it gives a sense of peace—a psychological effect of the colors used—which adds to the tone of the story.

The content of the novel was equally lovely.  The message of healing and restoration exuded hope and peace.  However, the story had its share of turmoil.  The relationship between Riley and his father began very rocky and tense; it is hard to forgive someone and revive a relationship with them after years of pain and bitterness.

Although Becca is not physically present throughout most of the novel, as she is miles away in the hospital, her presence is felt through her and Riley’s phone calls and texts.  The technology also places the story in the present time, making it relatable to the modern reader.

Overall, I enjoyed the story.  I would recommend it to YA readers who enjoy inspirational, contemporary fiction. 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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