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The Way Back to You: Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott

Posted by Bethanny Lawson on May 17, 2018 at 6:30 PM

Six months ago, Ashlyn Montiel died in a bike accident. Her best friend, Cloudy, is keeping it together, at least on the outside. Cloudy’s insides are a different story: tangled, confused, heartbroken.

Kyle is falling apart, and everyone can tell. Ashlyn was his girlfriend, and when she died, a part of him went with her. Maybe the only part he cares about anymore.

As the two people who loved Ashlyn best, Cloudy and Kyle should be able to lean on each other. But after a terrible mistake last year, they’re barely speaking. So when Cloudy discovers that Ashlyn’s organs were donated after her death and the Montiel family has been in touch with three of the recipients, she does something a little bit crazy and a lot out of character: she steals the letters and convinces Kyle to go on a winter break road trip with her, from Oregon to California to Arizona to Nevada. Maybe if they see the recipients—the people whose lives were saved by Ashlyn’s death—the world will open up again.

Or maybe it will be a huge mistake.

Short Summary: The Way Back to You is a masterpiece that addresses grief realistically, with ties to all the other difficult parts about being a highschooler.

Full Review:  I found The Way Back to You in the clearance rack at a local book store. When I read the description on the cover, I knew I had to read it

As someone who has faced a lot of her own losses recently, I have been reading tons of books about grief whether they're good or not. THIS book, however, was very good.

The authors of The Way Back to You were not afraid to get their hands dirty. They dove into the topic of grief unafraid and as such wrote a story that was not only captivating, but was healing.


People looking for a story they can relate to or to help them learn to cope after losing loved ones will find The Way Back to You to fit the bill. Those who cannot relate but just want a good story will also enjoy the book. It grabs the reader's attention from the beginning and holds it, and by switching between the perspectives of two different characters throughout the story, it is sure to appeal to readers of any gender or personality.

Though this book was written as a YA novel, I doubt there is anyone who would not agree it is a touching story with a lot of heart. It's adventurous, heartfelt, authentic, and surprising. The plot twists are not cliche, the characters are realistic, and the resolution satisfying.

All in all, this was a profound book that will leave a lasting impact on readers.

Overall Rating: 5

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