~ The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani & Mindi Scott ~
Published by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
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 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.
Praise for THE WAY BACK TO YOU
“This is a moving and compelling exploration of the different ways to process grief.” -School Library Journal
“It’s rare for a book that makes me cry to also make me laugh out loud. The Way Back to You manages to be utterly truthful about grief: that there is still warmth, humor, and love in the wreckage.” -Emery Lord, author of When We Collided and Open Road Summer
“By turns humorous and affecting, The Way Back to You is an engaging story of loss, grief, and the journey back to joy.” -Emma Mills, author of First & Then