Review: The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani & Mindi Scott || Attempts and failures and irritation

The Way Back to You

Michelle Andreani & Mindi Scott

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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.

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.

Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

Published: May 3rd 2016



Trigger Warning




Death, Grief

“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.” 

Bad reviews hurt. Because I… I really did. Yet both main characters irritated me and this I feel is a book that depends heavily on it’s characters. The topic being handled-grief and regret over a past situation- were good in its intentions, but overall missed its mark. It was just such a struggle to get through. The cover is pretty, though.

So…Cloudy’s bestfriend Ashlyn died in a bike accident, which affected her and Ashlyn’s boyfriend, Kyle, deeply. After finding out that her organs are being donated to different people, Cloudy decides to go on a roadtrip with Kyle to visit them while doing some healing. Yes, that was a shitty summary, but I read this so long ago and I’m not the biggest fan of this book.

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The whole concept should have been powerful and emotional and real, but it missed it’s mark for me. The execution wasn’t done well for me and I didn’t care about Ashlyn who is the main catalyst for this plot. I didn’t feel the friendship between the two girls because of the whole “I liked Kyle first, but she’s my bestfriend so I can’t tell her but I’ll love him in secret”.

And Kyle’s forgettable, though his portrayal of grief was probably done the best, but that’s reaching. This whole book was just awkward. There was a situation that made Kyle and Cloudy stop talking which was blown out of proportions. I think this book would have been better if the romance wasn’t added.

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I just don’t understand where his feelings came from. It’s hinted that he had the tiniest attraction to Cloudy before meeting Ashlyn, but this NEVER expands because I guess Ashlyn cuffed him first? And the whole kiss scene rubbed me the wrong way. They were high and he had the sudden urge to kiss her. Then after that, he’s thinking about her A LOT. That’s not genuine. I didn’t believe it, I didn’t like it and it made the book suffer for me.


I hate being the odd one out; I’ve been seeing so many good reviews, too. Overall, this review may be all over the place and short, but I’m done with this book. Maybe me and this book didn’t vibe, but it might vibe with you… but I don’t recommend.

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