Monday, 16 May 2016

ARC Review: The Way Back To You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott.

Thank you so much, Harper Collins, for this wonderful ARC. 


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.

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 of losing someone as important as Ashlyn was for her. It terrified me.

Kyle... I loved Kyle. I fell in love with him, and I could totally feel the way he was feeling. My heart broke into a thousand pieces at how hurt he was. I could literally feel his heart breaking, and all I wanted to do was hug him and make him feel better. I literally fell for him.

Arm, the kitten who shares the car with Cloudy and Kyle, stole my heart. I am such a big fan of her. She is probably my favourite character. She gave Cloudy and Kyle a good reason to cooperate and get closer. She was a great metaphor, the key to the story.

I would have loved to read more about some secondary characters such as Matty, Kyle's cousin and Cloudy's ex-boyfriend. He was super fun to read about. I could read a whole novel just about him and his daily routine.

The character development is insanely good. Not only we get to see them change as individuals, but their relationships as well. We get to see how bonds are made and unmade between the characters and that makes me very happy, because a lot of books tend to create and then kill relationships without showing the process. I love it when we get to see characters and their bonds becoming something different than what they were in the first page.

I have read a few road trip novels, but this one is the one I believed the most. The descriptions were on point. Nothing was missing. It was very easy to picture the scenario, the light, the sound, the texture...

The most wonderful thing about this novel is how well built it is. I love how perfectly it intertwines past memories and present events. It builds a strong plot structure and gives realism to the characters, as well as belief to their feelings and bonds between them.

Not to mention how amazing it is to cry in one page and then laugh out loud in the next one. The Way Back To You plays with your feelings. It drags you to the emotional field and then lets you go between hilarious scenes and very smart and sarcastic comments. This novel makes you think, feel and understand, which is what, in my opinion, makes a book great.

The drama within this book's pages is perfectly controlled. It is perfectly measured and divided along the story. There is no such thing as over-drama with unnecessary sad and tragic events. Everything falls into place, not a single thing happens for no reason. It's perfectly calculated and spread.

This novel talks about the importance of friendship, its power and how there are no limits to stop it from being pure and real. Not even death. It also covers some deep topics such as hope, belief, love... A book for contemporary lovers.


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