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Young Adult Fiction 1228
Hilarious and Touching
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
THE WAY BACK TO YOU is a new Contemporary Young Adult novel, team written by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott. This is the first time I have ever read a book that has been co-authored and the execution is amazingly flawless. There is not a single moment in the story that lacks cohesiveness or where the main voice feels off. In fact, it seems Andreani and Scott working together enhances everything, making it that much better.

Firstly, the writing pair decided to tell their story from two different perspectives, Kyle, Ashlyn’s ex-boyfriend, and Cloudy, Ashlyn’s ex-best friend. Much like the book benefitting from having two authors, it also benefits from having two narrators. Both Kyle and Cloudy have experienced the same loss, but their relationship to Ashlyn and how they have dealt with their grief is unique to each person. As a result, readers have double the chance to relate to the characters, especially those who have found themselves in similar circumstances. Additionally, as Kyle and Cloudy develop feelings for one another, it is interesting as the reader to know the inner-thoughts of each and to compare them with what the other is assuming. Often times what Cloudy thinks is true of Kyle is not and vice-versa. Therefore, it is a good reminder to not jump to conclusions, but rather, to seek out the truth.

Secondly, though this novel is about the aftermath of a tragedy and genuinely displays that in an open and honest way, it also does not dwell there. It equally celebrates the joy of life, evoking wanderlust with a fun and unexpected road trip. Those who have ever considered jumping in the car with their friends and exploring the world will be inspired to do just that after reading this book and alternatively, those who have ever been on a road trip before will have a serious case of nostalgia. Moreover, Andreani and Scott have a great sense of humor. There were many times that I laughed out loud or found myself chuckling at the witty dialogue. For as sad as the book made me, it made me equally just as happy.

Overall, I really loved this book. I was, however, hoping for a stronger ending. The authors chose to leave the story a bit open-ended and ambiguous. Though they hint at a happy outcome, I wanted a little more closure and perhaps, a more concrete relationship between Cloudy and Kyle. Outside of that, THE WAY BACK TO YOU is not only a testament to true friendship, but also a wonderful tale of finding hope after loss.
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