Book Review: The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott

The Way Back to You

“The beauty of being young is that you can change your mind a hundred times and life is still before you with all the options.”

40th – A book about a roadtrip – The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott

 Rating: ❤❤❤ (Good read)

What is it about: 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.

What I Love: This book begins with a promising start. Its engrossing and intriguing.

But as it..

What I Don’t Love Much: …becomes confusing. The main characters are confuse themselves.

Wise Words: “The beauty of being young is that you can change your mind a hundred times and life is still before you with all the options.”

“Grief doesn’t seem to need much space at all; it’s more like it tightens and squeezes until there’s no more of you left.”

“More than anything, though, I’ve learned that, just like in cheer, life is all about support. Being capable on your own is important, but big or small, having the right team makes all the difference.”

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22 thoughts on “Book Review: The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott”

  1. Oooh this premise is so promising and I was all set to put it on my to-read list, but you said it was confusing :/? Can you expand a little bit as to why it’s confusing? Is it that the characters don’t seem to have any clear goals or ideas as to what they’re doing so as a reader, it’s hard to follow them? Or is it that the plot is all choppy and hard to follow?

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      1. Ehhh…there are books with teenage main characters confused about their lives and feelings, but that doesn’t mean the book itself is not promising. Definitely taking this book off my to-read list for now lol

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  2. Grief definitely “squeezes”–it can suck all the life out of you if you let it. It doesn’t require much space, yet it can take up ALL the space in your life, heart, mind, soul… Great review as always, Rosey. I’m thinking of doing my “Not-New Movie Reviews” again… 🙂

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  3. I agree with you about the promising start. The premise sounds relevant and (thus) valuable with potential. I’m sorry things get tangled. But good to know that going in, so I’m glad again for your service. Thank you, sister!


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