I received a copy of To Whatever End in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are, of course, my own.
I’d like to thank YA Bound Book Tours for including me on this tour.
To Whatever End
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication Date: January 4, 2021
Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
What if with every person you met, after just one touch, you have a vision of the last time you’ll see each other? Ever. Normally, these visions are innocent—two friends just drifting apart, a random stranger that brushed past you then never crossed your path again.
But not today.
When I accidentally touch him, within only moments of our first meeting, I’m bombarded by visions of his death.
And from what I can see, I’m the reason he dies.
Now I just need to figure out why, and how to stop this from happening. Because not only am I to blame, but his very last words to me are…I love you.
Lindsey has been writing since she was nine years old, when she discovered the awesomeness that is Harriet the Spy. Her books always include a romance, though sometimes there’s an added sci-fi or magical realism twist. She lives in Columbus, Ohio (where the weather is never quite right). Her BFA in Photography and Graphic Design has granted her a wide assortment of creative knowledge that serves as inspiration (and not much else). When she’s not crafting YA and NA stories, you’ll likely find her spending way too much time on Pinterest, playing a video game, singing show-tunes, or performing in a burlesque show—because she enjoys giving her introversion a worthy adversary. (Plus, it’s the closest to Broadway she’ll ever get.) Lindsey was a proud 2016 Pitch Wars Mentee and thoroughly adores being a part of the wonderful writing community. THE HEARTBEAT HYPOTHESIS is her debut novel.
My Thoughts & Takeaways
To Whatever End by Lindsey Frydman is a YA book following Quinn. Whenever Quinn touches someone for the first time, she sees how that relationship will end. Which as you can imagine, doesn’t make a good basis for relationships or friendships.
When Quinn meets Griffin at an art gallery, she’s immediately enamored but also closed off knowing that nothing could ever come of it. From experience, she knows it always ends. However, she can’t help being intrigued by him and when he opens up a conversation and accidentally touches him, she sees their end. Except it’s way worse than she can imagine – he doesn’t just break up with her, he dies.
It’s definitely an instant connection on both sides and Quinn is now set on finding a way to break the curse.
I was definitely interested in the synopsis when I read it, but I was surprised at how much I really enjoyed this. While I anticipated what would happen in the end, I was still very much interested in the story and I found the concept to be refreshing and new – something that’s not that easy in the world of YA books.
I’m a bit curious to know more about Quinn’s ability and the fact that the other women in her family also had similar abilities. It didn’t really cover the backstory there, why they have it, etc.
I would definitely read another story from Frydman and recommend this book to others!