The Way Back to You – Michelle Andreani & Mindi Scott


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.


I loved this story! At first, the premise seemed a little out there and depressing to me. But somehow, this story was sweet and sad and hopeful. I felt like I went through the grieving process with Cloudy and Kyle. In a way, I also felt like the world was getting set to the way it was supposed to be.

There was a lovable cast of supporting characters as well. Lots of sad things going on, but people like Matty and Zoe make it better.

I was inspired by the story of Sonia and Paco as well, and I was surprised that this whole book was based off of their story. It was a nice touch to include them during a pivotal moment in the book!

I’m glad I gave this book a chance. It was such a fun read.

Related Reading

  • Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson
  • Let’s Get Lost – Adi Alsaid
  • Paper Towns – John Green
  • Kissing in America – Margo Rabb

Rating: 5/5

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