REVIEW: On the Way to You by Kandi Steiner

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“But I did know something about that day, and that boy, and that car felt right.”

Back of the book blurb:

What makes you happy?

That was the question Emery Reed asked me the day we met, and I couldn’t give him a single answer. I could have said my dog, or my books, or yoga — but I just stared.

And then, I got in his car.

It was crazy to take a road trip with a stranger, but after years of standing still, he was my one-way ticket to a new life, and I wasn’t going to miss it.

We shared the same space, the same car, the same hotel room — and still, we were strangers. One day we’d be laughing, the next, we wouldn’t speak. Emery was surrounded by impenetrable walls, but I wanted in.

Discovering his journal changed everything.

I read his thoughts, words not meant for anyone’s eyes, and the more I learned about him, the harder I fell. It turned out nothing made Emery Reed happy, and I wanted to change that.

I earned his trust by violating his privacy, and as wrong as it was, it worked — until one entry revealed a darkness I never knew existed, a timer I never knew was ticking.

Suddenly, what made me happy was saving Emery from himself. I just didn’t know if I could.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: November 16, 2017

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My rating:

            Sigh. You always think you’re prepared for a Kandi Steiner novel, but truly, you never are. You think, “Oh. This will be the one that doesn’t make me cry. This will be the one that doesn’t completely change my life.” And each and every time, you’re wrong. Each Kandi Steiner novel gets smarter, more emotional, sexier, and they’re all so completely captivating that when you finish, you’ll wonder how you’re ever supposed to move on. On the Way to You is poignant, beautifully written, and will turn you into a complete emotional mess, no matter where you’re reading it.

“I was going to Washington. With a strange boy. Whom I had just met. Who admitted out loud that he’s crazy.”

            On the Way to You follows Cooper who’s been stuck in Mobile, Alabama for twenty long years. Her parents aren’t worth a damn and she’s been working at a local diner, saving up to get to Washington, which is where her dream school is. And one day, a beautiful, mysterious man named Emery Reed shows up in her diner and asks her a question that she can’t answer and then offers her a ride to Washington. The crazy part? She says yes!

            On the Way to You will definitely bring out the adventurous side of you. At first, you’re like, “Wow, really? You’re going to go on a road trip with a stranger?” And soon enough, you’ll be wishing you were along for the ride. That’s what’s so great about any Kandi Steiner novel, though. All of her stories, her characters, hell, even the pets, will bring the story to life. You’ll forget that you’re actually not a part of the story and that’s such a beautiful thing.

“And then he laughed, and I did, too, and the stranger with the car didn’t seem quite so scary anymore.”

            I’m not exactly sure how she does it, but Kandi creates characters that will make you feel everything. It doesn’t matter which book it is, you’ll fall in love over and over again with how human these characters are. They’re flawed and they make mistakes. But, they’re your best friends and you’ll support them even through their shitty decisions. (Natalie is still my favorite protagonist out of all of Kandi’s novels, though.)

            Cooper was a beautiful soul, inside and out. Her sunny disposition despite all of the shit life has put her through is so refreshing. It’s easy to get bogged down in hate, especially these days; however, Cooper smiled through it all. Her passion, her lust for life was touching and inspiring. On my bad days, I’m going to think of Cooper and smile. (Even though she made some really dumb decisions and pissed me off, but I love her more for that, honestly.)

“’It’s kind of ironic, isn’t it?’ he asked, speaking over the sound of the wind whipping through the car. ‘How beautiful everything is when it’s dying.’”

            And Emery Reed. Wow. Emery Reed is everything. There’s just something about the boys with sad eyes and tortured hearts that make our hearts bleed. You’ll cry for him, you’ll laugh with him, you’ll wish he was yours. There are definitely some important lessons you’ll learn from Emery. And I’m saying it now—I want someone to love me like Emery loves Cooper.

“I didn’t want him to see me like this, or tell me I was beautiful when all I felt was broken.”

            God, the ANGST! And the slow burn. I was so fucking tense the entire time leading up to their first kiss. I was like, “YES! THIS IS IT!” And then it wasn’t. Over and over again. But it’s completely worth the wait. Oh, and if you want an even more intense experience, listen to “Arrival of the Birds” by The Cinematic Orchestra while they kiss. IT’S BEAUTIFUL. And perfect.

            Emery and Cooper’s relationship is tumultuous and rocky and so. Fucking. Beautiful. You’ll wish things were different, but when you realize they go through the things they go through for a reason, you’ll know that things went down exactly the way they were meant to go down. Again, each Kandi novel gets smarter and smarter.

“I believe in the power of being quiet, of being still, of addressing my thoughts instead of hiding from them.”

            THE EPILOGUE. All I have to say is that On the Way to You has the best epilogue that I’ve ever read, hands down. I don’t think I’ve ever cried harder. Ever.

            Trust me—On the Way to You is Kandi’s best novel to date. Pick it up. Devour it as fast as you can. It’s so worth it.

“This, I have to tell you in person. See you soon, Little Penny. Drive fast.”

Happy Reading!
The Wandereader

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