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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Kissng to Book Page. Preview — Through to Pdrfect 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.

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Harper had casually threaded a piece of blue and silver tinsel through her ponytail in honor of school spirit day.

Penn—resident heartbreaker of the senior class. 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. 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 kisding. Of course they could talk about these differences—if Penn knew how to talk about feelings. Perrect and Penn understand their attraction is illogical, yet something keeps pulling them together.

And neither knows how to stop the ride… Kindle Editionpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Through to Youplease sign up. See 2 questions about Through to You….

Lists with This Book. Simon Pulse Publication Date: July 8, Rating: Opposites attract—and then complicate—in this romantic, relatable novel from the author of Two-way Street and Sometimes It Happens. And neither knows how to stop the ride… What I Liked: I already know I will not be able to do this book barnhildt. I’ve read it, barnhold it, and I’m about to re-read it again. I usually dislike YA contemporary novels – they don’t seem to laurdn my thing – but I think this is the second YA contemporary novel for that has received a rare 5 stars from me.


Harper and Penn are literally opposites – Harper is the quiet, good-girl, nerdy type, and Penn is the brooding jock type. I know both sound barnholft cliche, but I found that neither of them were cliche at all.

It all starts with a silly note that Penn leaves on Harper’s desk. Then they start hanging out.

Then they start to care about each other. But Penn keeps pulling Harper close and pushing her away. Penn’s accident, his tragic family, and his desire to be left to his own devices seem to drive Harper away. And Harper, well, she knows she should be focusing on things like her Ballard application.

How will they survive? There are so many wonderful things I want to talk about!

The flow of the book is so lovely. One of the things that I usually dislike about YA contemporaries is how romance-focused they are. YES, the romance kissin this book is definitely a big deal. But so is Harper’s relationship with her best friend Anna especially after Harper starts dating Penn. So is Anna’s love life. So is Penn’s family life. Harper’s dance application, her choreography, her fear of the school nurse. There are so many great things that made this story more than just a love story.

Kissing Perfect

I loved reading the small parts at the dance studio with the engaged couple that were always fighting. The two protagonists – oh, how I loved them both! I’ll start with Harper. Lerfect quiet, kind, smart. She talks a lot, but she also listens. She’s never been in a relationship before Penn, never kissed a guy. Honestly, I relate to Harper a lot – we’re like, the same person. Which is why I don’t see Harper as a cliche “good girl” – I don’t really see myself as one either.

Harper is so sweet and selfless – she was pwrfect looking out for Penn, for what’s best for him.

She pushed him, but never too much. He’s a jock, an injured baseball player, with a cocky smile and a history of girls and that lazy charm that he doesn’t have to work for. He definitely corrupts Harper – not that there is anything wrong with that. Penn is barnholrt yet moody, confident yet vulnerable.

But let me tell you why I really like Penn. Don’t get me wrong – Kisding really like him in the story. But here it is: Harper is a lot like me. Penn is a lot like This Guy, who will remain nameless.

This Laueen plays soccer, has that lazy charm, confidence, smile, and a history of girls. He’s thoughtful when he wants to be, moody, and he corrupts me entirely too much. That’s actually a joke between us – he’s always trying to get me to live more, to take risks and b, to be corrupted by him. Neither are cliches, but both are very authentic. So, yeah, this story has a lot of authenticity to it.


It should, since it’s a contemporary novel, but the fact that I could relate so well to Harper lerfect Penn and their relationship is incredible. Literally, this book spoke to me. You have no idea. The characters, even the ones besides Harper and Penn, seem so lifelike.

One of the things that I really liked how Barnholdt portrayed is Penn’s moodiness and Harper’s insecurity and even Penn’s insecurity. Penn knows that Harper is too good for him, and he worries that she’ll “come to her senses” and stop wanting to be with him. He’s also extremely moody, because he hates talking about his injury, or anything related to baseball.

Once upon a time, I would have gotten mad about this – why is he so perfech But after hanging out with This Perfeft for so long, I get it – guys have such different minds. This Guy hates talking about it when he and his team loses a game. He hates people feeling sorry for him or pushing him, when he’s down. So, I really get Penn and his moodiness. It’s barnholddt necessarily an excuse, but I get it. And I totally get Harper’s insecurity.

Does Penn like her? Why does Penn like her? Why is he with her?

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Why does it seem like he’s hooked up or has a history with every girl? Just like I get Penn, I get Harper. It’s easier with her because she’s a girl, and all girls kissiny alike in some way, when it comes to boys. I can see the romance annoying some people, because it’s very on and off, black and white and gray, there and not.

However, I love this. I love watching Harper and Penn dance around each other, collide, bounce back, collide again. Their relationship is very much a modern-day laueen relationship, I must say.