2016 Christy Award Finalist and Grace Award Winner
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 18-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.
SUCH a sweet story. Oh my goodness.
To Get to You is a story of forgiveness and second chances.. of starting new and giving others that opportunity as well. It’s about seeing the best in others and embracing who they are deep down rather than judging who they might appear to be at a glance.
At a glance, this story is stereotypical mohawk-wearing, skateboard-riding, former troublemaker kid-from-a-broken-home meets stereotypical sheltered, mom-reads-her-texts, Christian homeschool girl. But truly, it goes so much deeper than this. These characters are so very alive and developed… and they are their own people. Not cast from a mold. Not stereotypical. At all.
Riley’s bitterness toward his long-absent dad is understandable but really tugs at the heart. When he ends up having no other option but to call his dad for help after major car trouble, Riley must confront the lack of history they have together.
An adventurous road trip story, it incorporates themes of reconciliation and sweet love. And it brought tears. Joanne Bischof gives new meaning to the word heartfelt.
This book kept me wanting to keep listening to just one more chapter, it left me continually wanting to know what comes next. I’m so looking forward to finding out when the next book is coming.
Nick Powers did an excellent job with the audio book, as he brought out the many emotions found within these pages.
This book, for me, is reminiscent of a freshly-baked batch of homemade cookies. The kind that aren’t yet cool, the kind that you find yourself reaching for another without even looking up. Because it’s natural. This story is natural too, it’s real.
If you could sum up To Get to You in three words, what would they be?
Journey of Healing...or perhaps...Dads Are Important
What was one of the most memorable moments of To Get to You?
One of Riley and Jake's discussions when they really began to break down some walls between them.
Which scene was your favorite?
I don't want to have spoilers, but the part relating to the food allergy was riveting.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I just loved it! I had already read the story about a year earlier. But it was so great to LISTEN to this book. The narrator did such a good job, especially with the voices of Jake, Saul, and Riley. They were EXACTLY the way I imagined them as I read the book. It's a little harder to relate to the women's voices in the story as they are read by a man, but he did a fine job with those, too, and the book definitely has more of men talking throughout it.
Any additional comments?
This is a great story for all ages, wherever it is listened to. However, this book is about a road trip and listening to it while I drove is the way I enjoyed it and it was really fun to be reading about their driving trip as I was going about town.
I really enjoyed Riley and Becca's story. Haging a story that shows there can be more to a high school relationship besides a sexual side is very refreshing. I thought I might not like this book because I read a lot of historical fiction but I was so wrong! Read it!
Nick Powers did a phenomenal job narrating this book. I was pleasantly surprised by the many accents that he did. Great diction and I inflection. I'm going to have to go look for more books narrated by him.
What about Nick Powers’s performance did you like?
Nick's enthusiastic delivery is great for novels, but if you’re after a warm, natural, conversational voice or something more dramatic…or fun… he can go there too! Nick really adds to the story. He is extremely talented and am looking forward to more of his work.
Great story! Excellent narration and fascinating characters, with good pacing throughout. When can we expect a sequel?