The Way Back to You

The Way Back to You

by Michelle Andreani, Mindi Scott

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For fans of Jenny Han and Morgan Matson, a witty, poignant novel about second chances, letting go, and the unbreakable bonds of friendship.

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 out of 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062386328
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 656,218
File size: 939 KB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Michelle Andreani was born and raised in New York City and has never lived anywhere else. (But she would like to try at some point.) She enjoys staying in, singing along, and stories with big hearts. The Way Back to You is her first novel.

Mindi Scott is the author of Freefall and Live Through This, and coauthor of Violent Ends and The Way Back to You. She lives near Seattle, Washington. Please visit her online at

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The Way Back to You 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MarisaR More than 1 year ago
I love love love a good road trip story and this one did not disappoint. Total swoon, deep thoughts, and a cute cat. I AM SOLD.
ReedsReadsReviews More than 1 year ago
This is a very special book for two reasons. One: it deals with grief in a way that is both realistic and easy to relate to. Two: I managed to pick this book up at the perfect point in my life. (I finished reading it the day after my younger sister's eighteenth birthday. May 8th was the thirteenth anniversary of her death). I, of course, had a very difficult time reading this novel - but I managed it, and it made me realize a lot of things about myself. The Way Back to You is special, it is poignant, and it is powerful in a subtle way. It will make you think, it makes you understand what happens when you bottle everything up and push people away - even if you don't realize you are doing it. It showcases how different people handle their grief in different ways: be it becoming a busy body, a shut in, and or completely blocking it out of you head all together. Besides that, though, it is also a story about love and realizing that you don't have to sacrifice your own happiness. It is about discovery, it is about friendship, and it is about family. The Way Back to You was the perfect book in the perfect moment, and I am so, so glad I read it. I am at a loss for words, in all honesty. I love The Way Back to You. It was fun, cute, quirky - and yet that didn't diminish from the grief and the healing that took place. I cannot even begin to accurately describe how powerful the subtle shifting of the character's was within this story. It is character driven, no doubt about it. But there is no singular giant revelation that makes these characters change course, no. It is a slow, brick by brick healing and learning that is both refreshing to see portrayed and heartbreaking all at the same time. Cloudy and Kyle are broken in their own way after the death of a best friend and a girlfriend, Ashlyn, yet they keep trucking along. I think the most powerful part of this story was seeing them grow in the way they did. They had their moments where they blew up. They had their breakdowns, their mistakes and miscalculations, and those moments when suddenly everything seemed alright and their heart stopped breaking. It was breathtaking. The Way Back to You spoke to me on a level only certain books ever manage to do. It screams that you are not alone, even if you think you are. It is a road trip down the road of healing and renewal that you won't want to end, yet it is so much more than that. The Way Back to You is not lighthearted, but it is easy to read and you will suddenly find yourself consumed by it. The friendship and complete and utter care that is highlighted throughout this novel will give you all the feels in the best way possible.
HSMeloche More than 1 year ago
When Ashlyn dies in a freak bike accident, her best friend, Cloudy, and her boyfriend, Kyle, have a hard time getting over the loss. Both broken in tremendous ways, Cloudy finds a possible way to overcome their grief by travelling to meet the recipients of Ashlyn's donated organs. Driving state to state in Kyle's Xterra with Arm, the stray kitten with eyes the color of Ashlyn's, Cloudy and Kyle wonder if those who carry around pieces of the girl they loved will be anything like her. Each meeting brings Kyle and Cloudy closer to each other as they rediscover what they loved about Ashlyn, and they slowly begin to heal themselves and deal with the loss of her. Andreani and Scott have created a very emotional story with a riveting question -- can donated, physical pieces of a person give that person continued life and allow her friends to find their way back to her? I won't spoil the ending ;), but I can say that, in the end, taking the journey with these well-drawn characters is well worth the trip.
SonyaMM More than 1 year ago
THE WAY BACK TO YOU is so many things: a story about friendship, about loss and grieving, and about hope; and at the same time, a sweet, enchanting love story – I’m tempted to say romantic comedy -- and an entertaining road trip novel. All these elements weave together beautifully and convincingly. Cloudy and Kyle are deep, complex, thoroughly loveable characters, brought together by their grief over Ashlyn, who was Kyle’s girlfriend and Cloudy’s best friend. Their trip together brings up memories, history, and complications in their own relationship with each other. I was so glad to go along for the ride with them. Highly recommended. (I borrowed an advance review copy of this book.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made laugh. It made me cry. It even made me angry for a little bit there, but mostly it made me happy. I loved bring able to take this road trip with Cloudy and Kyle.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I requested this on a whim. Normally, this wouldn't be my sort of story: the promise of angst and heartfail {no pun intended} is not my bag, baby. 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 set it down several times. It sort of feels like something was missing, but I'm not sure what could have been added. I will say that I would have liked to see more of an ending, but I get that it was mostly about the journey. Overall, it was a good read and I know a lot of people will be loving it. **Huge thanks to Katherine Tegen books and Edelweiss for providing th arc in exchange for an honest review**
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
I'm not normally a road trip in a book sort of girl, but this one was a lot more fun than I thought it might be! Maybe it was the fact that it also included a hard-hitting emotional contemp that made me love this one. Whatever the case may be, I really fell for this one. Ashlyn has passed away, but she left two people that loved her very much on Earth, Cloudy and Kyle. And the sad part is, they're not even as close as they used to be. But then they find out that Ashlyn has left more on Earth than they originally thought. She was an Oregon donor and her family has gotten in touch with the recipients. This is all the information they need for them to hop on the road together and find their way to what they've been missing lately. The main part about this book that I loved was the road trip. It's really weird because I'm not normally a fan of them. With the character spending so much time on the road or in a car, them doing the same things get repetitive and that gets boring. But when there's so much going on and each stop has a different meaning within it, I fell in love. I also loved the characters. For a while I was mad at Cloudy. She seemed to be trying to dictate to everyone what they should do, but she never looked at herself and her own unhappiness and it killed me to see her not taking care of herself. And then there was Kyle. He seemed to be the one with the better head on his shoulders to me, but then again, he had his issues too. It was nice to see them finally start finding peace in one way or another. *MINOR SPOILER PARAGRAPH* The hard hitting emotional part that this book focuses on is organ donors. This topic has shown up quite a few times lately and with each of them, I find myself falling for the topic more and more. The only thing that bothers me about it, is the discreetness in it. This topic is a big deal and can be very emotional for both sides of the fence. But I'm finding that with every one that I've read (including this one), the adults or people around them seem to act like it's ok that they're doing this. I get it. It's a plot device to help focus on what they think is important for the story. But still, if you're going to make it realistic fiction, make it realistic. I won't go into the ending of this one to avoid spoilers, but at the same time, I just didn't feel it being real. This book was full of surprises, but they were all good.There's so much about this book that I didn't like but the authors helped to change my mind. And that's what I loved most. Expect the unexpected with this one.
SMParker More than 1 year ago
This book is fierce. It looks all innocent from the cover, but it is a fierce love story. 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 healing. How we honor those we love and how we find strength in new kinds of love. Cloudy and Kyle (cute boy and beloved boy) embark on an impulsive journey together that brings peace for each of them at each stop. Well, you know…peace in some ways but epic trials in other ways. Throughout every stop, Scott and Andreani pack the pages with hilarious dialogue and observations, as well as profound questions about love, loss and healing. This was a road trip I didn’t want to end.