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.
Title: The Bridge from Me to You
Author: Lisa Schroeder
Source: ARC FROM NetGalley
Publication date: July 29, 2014
I received The Bridge from Me to You from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
For someone who doesn’t like football, it seems like I’ve read a lot of books about it lately. I guess it’s because football is such a big part of the high school experience for so many, especially in small towns where nothing much happens. It’s not always about the game. It’s a place to see and be seen and a place to go to get out of the house.
For Colby, though, it is about the game. He’s the star of the team and everyone expects him to go on to play in college. His dad certainly does. Too bad Colby has other plans that don’t involve playing college football. I like that about Colby. It makes him different than the usual high school football player in books. Now he just has to figure out how he’s going to tell his dad, who is fully on board the Colby-the-football-star train.
I like Colby more than Lauren for a few reasons. The chapters alternate between them (and I am getting so tired of this trend), but while Colby’s are written in prose like any other chapter in any other book, Lauren’s are written in verse form. I don’t like poetry, so that automatically turns me off. Her chapters are also super-short: only a page or two on my Kindle, which probably means a single page in a printed book. Is she a main character or isn’t she? She wouldn’t get POV chapters if she wasn’t, but she gets shafted by such short ones. Colby’s chapters aren’t very long either, but they’re longer than Lauren’s.
I understand what Lauren sees in Colby, but I don’t really get what he sees in her. She’s mysterious because she’s the new girl in town, but she’s secretive even after he gets to know her. No one knows why she’s living with her aunt and uncle and cousins or where her own family is. She doesn’t really open up to Colby until the end, which means he doesn’t know her that well but they supposedly have this big connection. I just don’t see it. I can see that they like each other, but “like” doesn’t get books written about it the way love does and when it does, it’s usually because a book is aiming for love but fails to get there. Like this one does.
Lauren’s new in town so she doesn’t have any friends yet. Colby introduces Lauren to Stasia because he knows her best friend has recently moved away, which is pretty cool of him. I wish Stasia was in the book more, but that’s the fault of the format of Lauren’s chapters. The best parts of the book involve Colby’s best friend Benny, Lauren with her relatives (especially her young cousins), and Lauren and Colby as friends. They have a running joke about Bugles that makes me want to run out and buy a bag, although I wonder why Lauren buys hers at the Jiffy Mart instead of a grocery store. Convenience stores are more expensive and Lauren isn’t the type of girl with money to throw around. They also work together to organize a fundraiser, which is probably my favorite part of the book. Not only do they raise money for their cause, but it lets Lauren experience the best part of small town life, the town coming together to help one of their own.
While I don’t love The Bridge from Me to You, it’s a decent enough book. The verse sections and short chapters make it a quick, easy read.