May 5, 2016

Blog Tour: The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani & Mindi Scott

I am so excited to welcome Michelle and Mindi to the blog today so they can share their epic playlist for THE WAY BACK TO YOU!

1.       "Here With Me" by the Killers
Shortly after readers first meet Kyle, he's looking through his phone at photos and videos from when Ashlyn, his girlfriend, was still alive. The line in this song, "Don't want your picture on my cell phone; I want you here with me" really speaks to what he's feeling in that moment.

2.      "Saturday Night" by Natalia Kills
Cloudy's unofficial theme song! Which is odd, because the (very serious) issues the song addresses are not Cloudy's. But it has these lyrics: "I know I'm gonna be just fine / And I'll put on my dancing shoes real tight / 'Cause it's just another Saturday night." Which can certainly be interpreted as someone choose not to deal with reality.

3.       "I Touch Myself" by the Divinyls
Matty, a character in The Way Back to You, likes to set this song as his personal ring and text tone on other people's phones. As embarrassing as it might be, those who love him most let him get away with it.

4.       "St. Peter's Cathedral" by Death Cab for Cutie
Kyle isn't sure he believes in an afterlife, and he envies those who do. The repeated line in this song, "There's nothing past this" doesn't scare him, though; it soothes him.

5.       "Dreams" by Brandi Carlile
"I can't have you but I have dreams." The Cloudy-est of sentiments when it comes to a certain boy. 

6.       "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles
This song plays during a scene in the first half of the book, at a time when both characters need to hear it.

7.       "What Sarah Said" by Death Cab for Cutie
This song is about what it's like when someone you love is dying in this ICU. Listening to these lyrics set to this music has a big effect on Cloudy and Kyle, since it describes what they both went through right after Ashlyn's accident. 

8.       "Breakable" by Ingrid Michaelson
Such a sweet song about how we're all so very much the same in our fragility. And you can't beat a lyric like "You drove me to places I'll never forget" for a road trip book.

9.       "Do I Wanna Know?" By Arctic Monkeys
This song is moody and sexy and talks about Secretive Stuff. The secrets are especially fitting in regards to these characters!

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.

Michelle Andreani is the co-author of THE WAY BACK TO YOU (my debut novel!) with Mindi Scott, forthcoming from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. Also an occasional scatterbrain, milkshake devotee, and liker of love stories.

Mindi Scott lives near Seattle, Washington, USA with her drummer husband in a house with a non-sound-proof basement. Freefall, her first novel, was published by Simon Pulse in 2010. Her second novel, Live Through This, was published (also by Simon Pulse) in 2012. She contributed a chapter to Violent Ends, a collaborative novel written by 17 young adult authors (out in 2015), and co-wrote, along with Michelle Andreani, the 2016 novel The Way Back to You. She is represented by Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich.

Michelle LINKS: Website | Twitter | Instagram
Mindi LINKS: Website | Twitter | Instagram

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  1. Thanks for the playlist today. I've only heard the Beatles tune before. I'll have to check out the others.

  2. Awesome playlist! I'll need to add them to my book playlist! =)

  3. I love book playlist! They always help me really get into a book!!

  4. I'm so excited for this book and I like the playlist! I'll have to try listening to these as I read the book.

  5. The way back to you sounds great ♡ I would enjoy reading this book. Thank you

  6. Really excited to read a novel from this duo. I adore Mindi and can't wait to read something from Michelle.

  7. Great playlist. I've only heard 2 of those songs, but I'll check them out on Youtube. Thanks for sharing!


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