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The Road to You

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  303 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Sometimes the only road to the one you’ve never taken.

Until I found Gideon’s journal in the tool shed — locked in the cedar box where I’d once hidden my old diary — I’d been led to believe my brother was dead. But the contents of his journal changed all that.

The Road to Discovery...
Two years ago, Aurora Gray’s world turned upside down when her big brother Gideon
Paperback, 300 pages
Published October 3rd 2013 by Twelfth Night Publishing (first published September 29th 2013)
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[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed

It's no surprise that I love reading romance books. This particular one fell more into the mystery genre. I would say it is 90% mystery and 10% romance.

Aurora finds her brother's journal. With the help of Donovan they head on a road trip to piece together what happened to their brothers.

Set in 1978, you can imagine the lack of technology available. There was no mobiles and hence no google so it wasn't going to be easy.

So our brothers were involved with something...

I found the story
Marilyn Brant
Aug 10, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
The Road to You is a story about finding truth...and love...along the highway of life. It's a road trip, a mystery and a coming-of-age tale rolled into one, and it's a novel I'm incredibly excited to finally get to share with my readers. I've got my fingers crossed that you'll enjoy it as well and want to talk about it with your friends. And, if you'd like to see some of the Route 66 pictures I took for inspiration, I have a page on my website especially for you: ...more
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two years after her brother and his best friend, Jeremy, disappeared, Aurora Gray still refuses to believe that Gideon, her brother, is dead, especially now in light of discovering his journal. But it’s not merely discovering the journal’s presence that gives Aurora pause; it’s that the journal has been written in…two weeks ago.

Needing some expert help in decoding Gideon’s mechanic talk in the journal, Aurora seeks out the one person who she knows can help, the one person she has avoided these p
Therese Walsh
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To say that I loved this book would be a vast understatement. The Road to You truly captivated me, and I did not want to put it down until the final page. Even after the final page, the story has stuck with me in the best of ways. This is a true genre-bender--a book that is always suspenseful and smart, and sometimes romantic, that should appeal to adults and teens alike, with twists that are anything but predictable and a conclusion that will satisfy in unanticipated ways. You'll come to care a ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
A perfect book to read while on the road or traveling! The mystery was thrilling and riveting! I was spellbound! Marilyn Brant has such a way with details and descriptions - I felt like I was a virtual passenger on this road trip with Aurora and Donavan! But now I want to take my own tour of Route 66 and see all the sights they did for real! Loved the twists, the suspense, and the journey! The only thing I'd like would be for a little more romance at times. Because of the mystery and dangerous s ...more
 Lissa Smith Reads'~A Bookaholics Bookshelf
I almost gave up on The Road to You with all the violence surrounding our children's schools and the national events. I thought it would be too much in addition to all the drama hovering around my own daughter. It started to ring a little too close to home ; alas I'm glad I didn't give up on it.

While mysteries normally aren't my cup of tea unless it's heavily cloaked in romance. I'm woman enough to admit to admit I was completely drawn into the search for the two friend who vanished without a tr
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it

Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

Rating: 4.5 Stars

It started when she found the key to the tool shed and Gideon’s journal with it. Gideon and his best friend, Jeremy had been missing, or presumed dead for more than two years, but after reading the contents of her journal, suddenly Aurora found herself hoping that everything she was led to believe for is a lie.

The journal is filled with numbers and coded messages. Aurora decided to follow the lead that Gideon has left on his journal. She a
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading The Road to You! It was a pleasure for me to step back in time and take a trip down Route 66 in this coming-of-age romantic mystery!

When Aurora finds her brother’s journal (her brother and his best friend, Jeremy have been missing and presumed dead for two years now) she turns to the only other person whom she can trust to help her on her quest to find out what happen to them... Donovan. The thing is... Donovan, who is Jeremy’s older brother, is also the last person she
Sarah - Books to Breathe
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

But it was too late. My world had already tilted and, suddenly, I knew I was playing a very different game.

The Road to You was my first experience with this author and let me tell you, it kept me riveted from the very first page until the last. If you came hoping for romance, you will get a taste, but it most certainly isn’t in the forefront, and you won’t see it until the end. This is a story of right and wrong, of friends
Moon Love
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've never thought of myself as a big fan of fictional intrigue and mystery until I recalled how much I loved reading Nancy Drew as a child and Encyclopedia Brown. I think I just got caught up in the hype surrounding them. When Marilyn Brant first informed her readers her upcoming book was a YA/NA mystery novel, I was certainly interested, but a little worried about whether or not I was going to enjoy it. I shouldn't have.

The story is really very interesting. I had no idea some of the things tha
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book by the author in place of an honest review.

It has been two years since Gideon Gray and Jeremy McCafferty disappeared on July 4th. It happened in the year 1976. They are declared dead until the day Aurora, Gideon's sister notices the key to a wooden box were she used to keep her diary. She goes outside and notices her brother's diary and it has recent entries in it.

Aurora knows it was put there for her to find it and she knows that she has to be careful with who she
Broadway Girl  Book Reviews (Beth Lattanzi)
Stars: 4.5

While reading this book I felt like I was on a major scavenger hunt along with Aurora and Donovan. Trying to decode little hints to always figure out what the mystery is and be one step ahead in the game.

Gideon is Aurora's older brother and Jeremy is Donovan's younger brother. They have both been missing for two years and noone knew exactly what happened to them. The cops told the families that the guys must be dead and pretty much closed the investigation and left it at that. After a
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book...Loved. Exciting. Amazing...
When Aurora Gray finds a journal that belonged to her bother she doesn't know what to do with it. It's as if he left it there for her to find. Strange notes in it. And a message in it...The date made her think maybe there both still alive..He wrote something in there that lead her to believe it. Leaving her with un-answered questions after his disappearance along with his best friend. There is one person that can maybe help her.
So Making a decision to
Jannat Bhat
I have to say, that once I started this book, I couldn't seem to put it down. I found myself trying to figure out what the clues were and what they meant. I truly enjoyed reading this well written book and I'm sure you will too.Aurora, our heroine, is pulled into the mystery of what happened to her brother, Gideon, and his best friend, Jeremy. She is very good at solving puzzles, but needs help and it comes in the form of Donovan. She has always had a thing for Donovan. Together they follow the ...more
Robin Bielman
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so very much. Aurora is a smart, fearless, determined young heroine - someone I admired from the second I met her. I was right there on the journey with her and was *dying* for her to solve the mystery of her brother's disappearance. And Donovan McCafferty? Gosh, how I loved him. Loved watching his relationship with Aurora unfold. Their friendship and romance put a huge smile on my face and the ending is just perfect! Swoon-worthy and gorgeous. I want more Aurora and Donovan, M ...more
Julie Barrett
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Road To You by Marilyn Brant
Had read a book years ago and was happy to get a review copy for this one as the description fascinated me and I knew the author would write an incredible story.
Started out with visiting the author's site where the pictures that go along with the journey are shown. Talk about first hand knowledge of the path they took!
Book starts with table of contents and soundtrack of the story.
A note to the reader is included.
Starts out with Aurora and she's found a journal fro
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5-stars
“Road To You” by Marilyn Brant was a unique mature YA story that was filled with suspense, twists and turns, heartache, loss, love and learning to accept oneself.

The story is set in the 70s and it is so well-researched and so well-written that within the first few pages you will travel back in time and be emerged into a different world. A time full of contradictions – disco & rock, sexual revolution & old-fashioned values, emancipation & traditional expectations, peace & war. Definitely not an e
Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
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“I sensed that, no, there wasn’t any time to change the road we were on. The piper had called us, and we’d chosen our path. In that expectant space between silence and melody, our trip began.”

-The Road to You by Marilyn Brant

This is the story of how Aurora and Donovan set out on a cross-country trip to search for clues that will lead to solving the mystery of Gideon and Jeremy. Gideon, Aurora’s brother, and Jeremy, Gideo
Crina (Reading Addict)
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I recieved this book for a honest review! Thanks!:)Original post on: .

I need to say that this book is one of the best books I read this year. And after I read the synopsis I hoped that would be good, that just not the synopsis is good but the book itself, cause I bumped into books that appeared to be nice and interesting and weren’t. But this is not like that, this book was up to my expectations and kept me glued to the story from the first page to the last.

Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I can without a doubt say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was hooked on their mystery and their road trip to finding out the truth, Nancy Drew watch out (just don't let Aurora hear me calling her that lol). This book was definitely more mystery than anything else, yes there was a little romance thrown in there and it helped the story on an additional level but it really didn’t even need it. This book was exciting and adventurous and I’ve never read a mystery before so it was definitely s ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
This was a bit of a departure for me from my usual genres; I'd classify it as a new adult coming of age mystery. Best friends Gideon and Jeremy disappeared two years ago when they were aged 18. They are assumed to be dead, but no bodies have ever been found, and not even the car they were travelling in. Life for their families has been put on hold to an extent, they don't know what happened to the boys and they are unable to move on - just existing rather than living.

The story opens with Aurora
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Aurora Gray knows what it’s like to imitate life, she’s been doing it for two years since her older brother Gideon and his best friend Jeremy McCafferty disappeared without a trace. Now in the summer of her high school senior year a new clue brings her hope that the boys are still alive when Gideon’s personal journal miraculously appears with what seems like new and cryptic entries. With her intuitiveness and her inquisitiveness on red alert she begins to de-code these mysterious entries only to ...more
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I actually liked this so much more than I thought I was going to. I went into it expecting a typical New Adult novel, and got something completely different – a book with a lot of heart and a good mystery, too.

The mystery behind this whole story was incredible – I mean, I loved the clues that Gideon left for Aurora to figure out, and how it inevitably led them on a road trip down Route 66. The clues were placed so well and I stayed just a half-step ahead of them, piecing together the puzzle as i
Jodie's W.I.N.E. List
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, that once I started this book, I couldn't seem to put it down. I found myself trying to figure out what the clues were and what they meant. I truly enjoyed reading this well written book and I'm sure you will too.

When a key for a toolbox mysteriously appeared in Aurora's desk, she was able to find her brother, Gideon's, journal in the tool shed after he disappeared 2 years ago. Hidden within the "how to maintain a car" scribblings, lies the clues to his and his best friend, Jeremy
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love a good mystery and The Road To You is one of the better mysteries that I have encountered in a long time. This book will really keep you guessing. This book takes place in the 1970s and Aurora and Donovan's older brothers have been missing for over two years. Aurora finds her brothers journal out of the blue and as she starts to go through it she noticed that there are clues hidden throughout. I love that concept. Puzzles and scavenger hunt type mysteries are always really fun for me to r ...more
Bette Stanek
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.75, rounded up to 4 Route 66 stars. I'd say this book is 90% mystery (which was fun to solve along with Aurora and Donovan) and 10% YA romance. I connected with this book in a way I hadn't expected. Much of it was set in places that I know very well.

Growing up in the Midwest along Route 66 I knew places Marilyn Brant brought to life. In fact, I have sat in the Ariston Cafe more times than I can count, I know the owners, they are family friends. I'm also pretty sure that even though she didn't
Karen Voitik
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story begins in a small town, where 2 years prior, 2 friends, Gideon and Jeremy, disappeared at age 18 and were presumed dead. Aurora unexpectedly finds a journal that belonged to her brother and she begins to believe he isn't dead. She shows the journal to Jeremy's brother, Donovan and the 2 decide to investigate what happened to their brothers 2 years ago. The journey takes them down historic Route 66. I especially loved the journey through Illinois, as I actually live on Route 66 and hav ...more
Kimber Wheaton
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, new-adult
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Road to You is part mystery, part suspense; a coming of age story of self-discovery with a bit of romance. It takes place in 1978 which I found to be interesting since it's not a time period I've read about often. Ms. Brant delivers a well-paced adventure as Aurora and Donovan follow a trail of clues in the hopes of unraveling the mystery behind the disappearance of their brothers two years ago.

Aurora's life was put on hol
Amy R
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome adventure. The Road To You by Marilyn Brant is a phenomenal young adult mystery set in the 70's and I haven't read anything like it before. I was trying to describe this book to my family shortly after I read it and found I couldn't do it justice but kept telling them they should just read it. That is what I am telling you. Read it!

As I mentioned above, the book is set in the 70's. I was born in the mid-70's but know enough about the time period to be able to appreciate the 70's
Karen Laird
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
The Road To You by Marilyn Brant was a surprise of wonderful delights from the first turn of the page.
Already and avid fan of Marilyn and many of her wonderful tales that she has spun for us to read, I was more set back and then happily surprised as she reached outside her normal genre to enter a new era and format for this, her newest literary gift to us.
After setting us back into the 70’s and the years of my youth, where I was able to identify very well with the heroine and her trials and tri
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