The Way Back to You
By: Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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 of out 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. With
hundreds of miles in front of them, a stowaway kitten, and a list of
people who are alive because of Ashlyn, Cloudy and Kyle just may find
their way to back to her...and to each other. (Goodreads)
I liked The Way Back to You. It took me some time to read, but it was an emotional story about loss and moving forward.
The Way Back to You is the story of Cloudy and Kyle. Cloudy's best friend, Ashlyn, died in an accident months ago and she is keeping her grief all inside. While Ashlyn's boyfriend, Kyle, doesn't want to do anything anymore. When Cloudy steals the information about the recipients of Ashlyn's organs, she enlists Kyle on a road trip to meet them.
I really liked how the story alternated between both Cloudy and Kyle's point of views. It clearly showed two different ways that a person can experience grief. Cloudy is keeping everything bottled up inside of her, while Kyle is still visibly mourning. Cloudy and Kyle were both fairly well developed characters. I just didn't connect with either of them the way that I wanted to. I certainly felt for them and the loss that they were experiencing, but I didn't feel connected to them. I did like the way the relationship between Cloudy and Kyle slowly developed though. They have a complicated past and haven't really talked about it, but the road trip forces them to.
The plot dragged on a lot for me. I kept finding myself getting bored with the story and putting it down for several days. Then picking it back up, reading a couple of chapters before putting it back down for a few more days. It's definitely a slow building story which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It does make it come across as much more realistic. I did enjoy the last quarter of the book the most though. I also really enjoyed the whole road trip aspect to this story.
Overall I liked The Way Back to You. It's a slow building realistic story about coping with loss.