I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Bridge From Me to You by Lisa Schroeder
Published by Scholastic Inc. on 2014-07-29
Genres: Adolescence, Family, General, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Also by this author: All We Have Is Now
Lauren has a secret. Colby has a problem. But when they find each other, everything falls into place. In alternating chapters of verse and prose, new girl Lauren and football hero Colby come together, fall apart, and build something stronger than either of them thought possible -- something to truly believe in.
The Bridge from Me to You is about a reluctant football star and the new girl with a secret. Colby and Lauren bond over bugles, baking, birds and bridges in this Friday Night Lights-esque story.
Lisa Schroeder’s latest book is very sweet and a good choice for a back-to-school read. It’s quiet and full of small-town charm and I bet will be a hit with middle schoolers. My own teen would probably say the too-good-to-be-true football player is nothing like the guys at her high school though.
The book is written in alternating pov, with Lauren’s chapters in free verse. Lauren is working through an unspecified family problem that led her to move in with relatives in Oregon. She is seeing a therapist who encourages her to write in her journal, which is where the free verse comes in. She hopes to go to college and study birds, but feels like her dreams are out of reach, and struggles with family loyalty and trust.
In this football-obsessed town, all eyes are on Colby to bring the Eagles to State. There’s a coach like FNL’s Eric Taylor, who asks the team to “Believe.” And Colby’s father is the stereotypical football dad who pressures him to be the best so he can go on to college football. Only Colby wants to study civil engineering and build bridges – but is concerned about letting everyone down. With Colby’s best friend Benny in the hospital, he leans on his crush Lauren for friendship.
The romance is quite innocent and cute in this one. Colby and Lauren both needed someone that knew them apart from their personal baggage and their friendship develops into something more naturally.
The story stays light, though there are some heavy issues hovering in the background. It’s a very cozy read that transports you to a small town with simple pleasures. The message to follow your dreams and take a chance is a good one, and relatable to anyone wanting to veer from the path that’s expected of them.
The story reminded me a lot of FNL, which is not a bad thing in my book.