Book Review: The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder

Small town. Country life. Friday night lights. Love. Loss. Family. The future. All these elements come together in Lisa Schroeder’s stunning new YA novel, The Bridge from Me to You.

bridge from me to you, the - largeLauren 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.

Schroeder beautifully captures the coming-of-age journey in The Bridge from Me to You, as both Lauren and Colby search for their place in the world and within their own families. Each character is in that precipitous stage between adolescence and adulthood, and Schroeder masterfully captures that precarious balance teens must walk as they figure out not just who they are, but who they want to be.

The romance in The Bridge from Me to You is sweet and charming – but it’s not really the focus of the story. And I think that’s what makes this book so special. It’s not about how these two characters come together, so much as it is how these two characters come into their own individual selves. After all, you can’t really be with someone until you can be your own self — and that is the underlying message of this book that really resonated with me.

Schroeder’s use of verse and prose is lovely, and the transition seamless. After all, even Schroeder’s prose has a poetic quality to it — and pairing verse with Lauren’s narrative, and prose with Colby’s, is a delicate and lovely technique for the alternating perspectives. It was easy to slide between the two narrative styles, and helped make the transition between narrators seamless.

The Bridge from Me to You is a beautiful journey, as these two characters fight through their own demons — and seeing them come out on the other side leaves readers with a triumphant feeling, warm and giddy and happy inside.

The Bridge from Me to You is in stores now.

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