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 cared about.
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 of character: she steals the letters and convinces Kyle to go on a road trip with her, from Oregon to California to Arizona to Nevada. Maybe if they meet 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 back to her . . . and to each other.
The Way Back to You is the story of grief and finding the beauty amongst the ashes.The main leads are Cludy and Kyle. Cloudy’s best friend has died and Kyle was her best friend’s boyfriend.
This is a road trip story. Despite how fairly popular they are, this is only my second time reading one. I was not disappointed. The conflicts in this book are all mental and emotional. I loved that about it. It isn’t often that we see a book quite like this. I loved the raw anguish of Cloudy and Kyle’s grief. As I grew more attached to them, I also grew to love Ashlyn, who I seriously underestimated. Ashley is dead. But she is such a pivotal part of the romance and character growth in this story. She is the source of the conflict.
Cloudy and Kyle grapple with having suddenly and irretrievably lost her, and the pain of physically watching her waste away and die. They struggle with their growing feelings for each other, as Ashlyn’s death has brought them together. Cloudy struggles with having been in love with Kyle for years, but not being able to confess that fact. She loved him first but lost him. Now she has a chance for him, but she doesn’t want to betray her friend by taking it.
This is a beautiful story of grief and love and healing. I definitely recommend it.
FOR THE PARENTS –
CUSSING – Ehhhhh, there’s like fifteen cuss words? so, mild?
INTIMACY – Low high kissing. They each lose an article of clothing but they don’t sleep together.
VIOLENCE – None.
INTOXICATION – Kyle is tricked into eating a cookie laced with pot. He gets high.