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Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer

July 12th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: April 5, 2011

Publisher: HarperTeen

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from

Every ghost has a story to tell.

The last place Tansy Piper wants to be is stuck in Cedar Canyon, Texas, in the middle of nowhere, with a bunch of small-town kids. But when her mother decides to move to the desolate West Texas town, Tansy has no choice but to go along. Once there, Tansy is immediately drawn to the turret of their rickety old house, a place she soon learns has a disturbing history. But it’s the strange artifacts she finds in the cellar—a pocket watch, a journal of poetry, and a tiny crystal—that have the most chilling impact on her.

Tansy soon finds that through the lens of her camera, she can become part of a surreal black-and-white world where her life is intertwined with that of mysterious, troubled Henry, who lived in the same house and died decades earlier. It seems their lives are linked by fate and the artifacts she found, but as Tansy begins spending more and more time in the past, her present world starts to fade away. Tansy must untangle herself from Henry’s dangerous reality—before she loses touch with her own life forever.

I have mixed feelings about this book which is why it didn’t get a higher rating.  I couldn’t wait to finish it and find out what would happen in the end.  Would Tansy choose to stay in the real world or would Henry suck her into his own world?  On the other hand I did not really like Tansy all that much.  I admired the care she took of her grandpa Dan but she was so judgmental of everyone around her that it grated on me.  I know moving around is hard but to so meanly label people based on first impressions and yet be angry when others judge her and make fun of her based on initial impressions seems so hypocritical.    I also found it pretty ridiculous that she went on one date with this Colin guy and then gets pissed off that her friend went on a date with her “almost boyfriend”.  Ummm, one date does not make for a boyfriend.  Yes, I can see why she would be hurt but to then go on and on how artificial people are and how scarred she is and un-trusting of people’s offer of friendship because of that incident seems so over blown.  I had to keep reminding myself she’s a teenager and that could account for some of this but it still bothered me.

What kept me entranced was the story.  I did find it creepy that she could see into this other world using her camera lense and I wish she had utilized that a little more instead of focusing so much on the crystal necklace.  I think it fit in perfectly with the superstition about cameras being able to see into your soul or steal your soul.  Henry’s instability was perfectly played and I can see the dangerous attraction even though you really want to shake Tansy and Bell to run the other way.

The ending wasn’t what I really expected though.  If you haven’t read the book and don’t want any spoilers stop here.  Otherwise highlight below to see my questions about the ending.

I am not clear on Henry’s motives in the end.  It seemed like at first Tansy was in danger of being sucked into Henry’s world and never be able to return to the real world.  But in the end it turns out Henry really had good intentions and just wanted Grandpa Dan to know he was forgiven.  If that was the case why the big deal of whether or not Tansy would disappear into Henry’s world?  Was she ever in danger?  It just seems like she has this monumental decision to make and then all of a sudden she gets an epiphany of what Henry’s purpose was and no longer felt this temptation to lose herself in his world.   When I read that it fell flat for me.  The author took this great suspense of what is Tansy going to do?  Will Henry drag her into his world? Would she choose to stay in the real world?  And then copped out of it by ending it with a “oh, Henry never meant Tansy harm. He just wanted her to deliver a message.”  I wanted some sort of show down between the two as she makes her choice.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Young Adult

One Response

  1. Kailana

    I am thinking that ghosts are going to be the next fad. I am seeing books about them all over the place.

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