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Today is the official release of “To Whatever End” by Lindsey Frydman! I was really excited to get an early view of this highly talked about YA Romance with a Thriller kick to it. I want to extend a huge thanks to Entangled Teen for providing me an early copy to review and share here with you all.
First off, I’ll easily say that the drama and action in this one kept me engaged and page flipping pretty quickly. YA thrillers like this with a premise that has the main character trying to find a way to survive, always has me reading super fast and it helps even more when those characters have relatable elements to them. Like how the main characters are rooted in things that make them really happy: photography and guitar playing.
Quinn was a great leading character with a personality that I really enjoyed and gave you a lot to appreciate who she is and what she stands for. She can see visions of the future when she touches someone and all she can see, and it’s a one-time deal, is how their relationships or friendship will come to an end.
She’s kind of become cynical because she spends her entire existence living in this existence of knowing how everything in her life ends. Which I believe has influenced her pretty calm demeanor. When she touches someone, and only the very first time she does, she gets a vision of how their interactions will end. This includes fights, people leaving, etc.
Due to that kind of hardship, she has made it a point to swear off boys and dating because it’s just too painful already knowing how things will end. But then she meets Griffin at a museum of all places and the attraction to him is hard to ignore. When she sees the vision of how they will end, it’s pretty dramatic and results in him dying. Which absolutely sends her into an emotional tailspin.
The entire story was pretty amazing with Quinn working to find out how to save Griffin without ruining everything at the same time. Griffin is a pretty cool character, although he’s simple and not much extra special about him, he’s a good guy.
I would say the part that I didn’t like was that all the stalker-ish bad things that are happening to Quinn and the authorities are doing absolutely nothing to help her out. I found that element kind of rough to swallow, but it certainly doesn’t take away from the important build ups or conclusion of how it all plays out.
This was an incredibly fun and enjoyable start to my 2021 reading and I’m looking forward to more from this “new-to-me” author.