The Way Back to You
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 ...more
I've been going back and forth about giving this book 2.5 and 3 stars for about an hour now. While I believe the content is worth 3, despite pushing through, I considered putting this book down multiple times and I never DNF books. I couldn't feel comfortable giving it 3 stars when I was slightly miserable forcing myself to continue reading at some points.
Unfortunately, I was extremely let down by this book. Since I received a copy months ago, I was RAVING about reading it because I ...more
“We can go,” I say to Zoe. “We can go and find them.”
This was a YA road-trip story, about a girl following her dead best friend’s transplanted organs.
The characters in this were okay, but I didn’t really love them. Claudia (cloudy) seemed to miss Ashlyn, but I didn’t really get anything from Kyle.
The storyline in this was about Claudia and Kyle going on a road-trip to ...more
Beware spoilers ahead!
I had heard about this book through GR. I was hesitant about read it. But when I read the sample I was sold. I am happy to say that I enjoyed it!
The book begins with Ashlyn's mother's note to the organ recipients. We are then taken to the first chapter which is in Cloudy's point of view. It's been four months since Ashlyn died in a bike accident. It's been pretty hard on Cloudy as she was Ashlyn's best friend. Today her school is having ...more
Cloudy has lost her best friend. Her best friend was an organ donor. Cloudy goes on a road trip to see the organ recipients, to try to find glimpses of her best friend, a shadow of her vibrancy. Does your heart feel ripped out? Well, mine did. The brave act of organ donation in this book is eclipsed only by the love of those left behind.
This story explores the depths of grief and renewal, sorrow and ...more
(Disclosure: Mindi is a good friend IRL, but I read her first book before we were friends.)
I am so excited for another Mindi Scott book!
(Also, kind of ...more
It could be that I just wasn't in the mood when I read this, but I ended up feeling nothing at all. It was a lovely story, though. Full review to come!
10/19/15 - I wrote an open letter to Michelle Andreani, one of the co-authors of The Way Back to You! You can check it out here! :)
Hi everyone, today I'm honoured to be part of the USblog tour for THE WAY BACK TO YOU by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott! I've got a review and giveaway for you - check it out, then visit some of the other tour stops for more fun on this cute contemporary!
Review: The Way Back to You
The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani & Mindi Scott is a book about holding in your feelings. It's about what happens when you don't talk about the things that ...more
I liked Cloudy and Kyle. They have a bit of a history and it was interesting to see how they worked through it on top of the situation. The plot was engaging and I absolutely loved the dual POV. There are some great secondary characters as well.
So why only 3 stars? I'm not sure...don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the book, but I wasn't captivated. I ...more
Cloudy and Kyle have one thing in common and that is Ashlyn. But when they lose her to an accident they are devastated. Cloudy has lost a piece of herself. She no longer has a best friend a sister a person who she can go to with anything. Kyle has totally died inside. He can't keep it together and everyone sees it.
Then Cloudy finds out that Ashlyn's parents donated her ...more
Having discussed our mutual obsession with this movie as teenagers with the author Mindi Scott (full disclosure: Mindi and I are friends and I read an early draft of this) during the course of this novel's writing, I like to think that I am somewhat responsible for this.
And even if you are not a fan of the early 90s awesomeness that was Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (What's wrong with you?!) , this book is still well worth your ...more
It has everything I love in a story - characters with a complicated history, a ROAD TRIP (how I LOVE road trip books!), an adorable animal (SO ADORABLE!), swoon, VEGAS!
I absolutely fell in love with Kyle and Cloudy and Zoe and Matty and Arm. Such fantastic characters. And the dialogue was so great. This is a ...more
Full review to come.
I've found myself drawn to contemporary novels lately - I've been reading a lot of them. So with all the buzz surrounding this one, there was obviously no way I was going to pass up on reading it.
The awesome folks over at HarperTeen gave me a copy of this book on Edelweiss, and after spending some time staring at that pretty cover, I finally started reading it, and I found myself surprised by how beautiful of a ...more
Then weird things started happening.
Weird Thing No. 1: I found out that Michelle and Mindi's agent, Jim McCarthy, would be one of our agents at this year's Midwest Writers Workshop (a conference I'm on ...more
I absolutely adored this book in every way, shape, and form. I might be biased. As regular readers of my blog might have noticed over recent months, I've made mention that I've been sort of dealing with grief for the first time in my life despite having lost several family members over the years, so any book about death and loss is bound to touch me. This was certainly no exception.
And you know what? I want to just leave it at that. ...more
THE WAY BACK TO YOU looks at romance, friendship, family, and falling apart and ...more
This book was cute. I liked the story, but I didn't love it. It was an all around okay book for me. There's a bit of a slow beginning but the writing is wonderfully crafted. I loved the dual POV between Cloudy and Kyle.
I really loved the whole Organ Donation from Ashlyn. It was an interesting idea and one that hits close to home. One of my husband's cousins died a couple years ago in a car accident and his organs were donated.
i enjoyed reading it and can’t remember a point where i was bored with it, but i also wasn’t as invested as i probably should’ve been. i did really like the dynamic between the different characters, sometimes things that meant to stir up a certain emotion just fell flat for me.
that said, it was still a solid read and i ...more
*ARC kindly provided by Harper Collins and Katherine Tegen Books thru Edelweiss for review*
Where to start? Where to start? I finished this book at exactly 1:47am and it’s quite hard to gush about it in silence. I wanted to squeal so loud but I can’t because it’s almost 2 in the morning and my parents are asleep next room. Lol.
I have always been in love with road trip stories.So it was actually no surprise that I’m eager to pick this book up. However, The Way Back To You is not just about the
Thank you so much, Harper Collins, for this wonderful ARC.
The characterisation in this book is flawless. All of the characters bring something to the story: something that makes them unique and believable as individuals.
Cloudy has become one of my literature heroes. She is the most selfless, caring and loyal friend I have ever read about. It was devastating to read about her grieving. I could picture and feel the pain ...more
"What matters is that she found her way back. Just like we're all trying to do."
When I first read the synopsis of The Way Back to You last year, I immediately wanted to read it. I love romances filled with tension, and this seemed like the perfect book! I became wary of reading this book because I saw only so-so ratings from my friends in Goodreads, but I'm so glad that I read it anyway because I really enjoyed it! I used to hate road trip romance novels, but it seems like I've been having a ...more