Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Number of Pages: 384
Purchase at: Amazon
“In this witty, heart-tugging novel, two teens take a spontaneous road trip across the Southwest to meet three strangers who received the life-saving organs of their late best friend—charting a journey of loss, hope, and love along the way.
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.
I am not fond of books with elements of grief or mourning, maybe it’s because I’ve never lost someone important yet (I’m not that much of a fan.) When I read The Way Back To You’s synopsis, I was intrigued enough to ask for a review copy. Thank you Harper Collins for a finished copy of the book for review.
TWBTY’s told in alternating POVs of the protagonists. The book didn’t focus on the romance between Cloudy and Kyle. Rather, it centered more on the character’s healing process. Kyle and Cloudy has history that really piqued my interest. The attraction amongst the two, and its progress is really slow, yet satisfying. I liked how the supporting characters were portrayed, they all helped transfiguring the story.
The book is character driven. Their actions- most of the time, are a bit unnerving knowing that they’re being indecisive and impulsive, which lead to several events I didn’t like. The idea of going on a road trip to meet people- the recipients of Ashlyn’s organs, didn’t do me well, it felt too unreal. The idea has played a huge impact to the story, unfortunately for me, it went really far.
The Way Back To You will give you deep emotions from beginning down till the very end. (there are lots of inspiring, motivational, and heartbreaking quotes/lines)
I want to mention the authors’ ability to capture their audiences through their neutral diction and captivating writing style.
Michelle Andreani co-author of THE WAY BACK TO YOU (my debut novel!) with Mindi Scott, forthcoming from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. Also an occasional scatterbrain, milkshake devotee, and liker of love stories.
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Mindi Scott lives near Seattle, Washington, USA with her drummer husband in a house with a non-sound-proof basement. Freefall, her first novel, was published by Simon Pulse in 2010. Her second novel, Live Through This, was published (also by Simon Pulse) in 2012. She contributed a chapter to Violent Ends, a collaborative novel written by 17 young adult authors (out in 2015), and co-wrote, along with Michelle Andreani, the 2016 novel The Way Back to You. She is represented by Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich.
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