Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published on: November 16, 2017
POV: Dual First Point of View (mostly from the heroine)
Rating: 4.5 STARS
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On The Way To You by Kandi Steiner is a powerful, unputdownable story. It has been a while since the last time I read a love story that is more than romance. I highly recommend this book for fans of romance or books about life in general. Everyone should read this amazing, standalone book. You don’t have to read the following. All I ask is, please, READ IT.
Twenty-year-old Cooper has only had one dream since she was twelve years old: getting out of the town, going to Seattle, and enrolling in her dream school. Having been raised by irresponsible parents, she has learned to take care of herself since she was a kid and focus on her dream. She is positive, never loses the light and hopes despite all the hurdles.
“I think I knew, even then, that the greatest adventure of my life was about to begin.”
One day, a young man walks into the diner she works in and grabs her attention in the ways she struggles to put into words. The seemingly ordinary day then suddenly changes when she agrees to get into a terrifying yet eye-opening journey with him. The one she has dreamed of but never thought would come sooner than she expected.
I LOVED the message of this story. It is a story about loss and finding hope when breathing is a struggle and there is no reason to live. It is also about self-discovery as well as acceptance and understanding. It pulled all the emotions within me and made me think about life with a new perspective. Each word spoke directly to my soul and opened my eyes to the things I had never been aware of.
“It isn’t death that’s scary. It’s living without actually living at all, breathing without purpose, existing without essence.”
I couldn’t give enough credit as to how amazing this book is. It is not your ordinary romance; it voices a powerful message that we face everywhere consciously or unconsciously, which I believe we all could relate to. I hope everyone reads it, especially those who are silently suffering on the inside and facing daily judgment. There is still hope. Be strong.
The writing flowed smoothly and perfectly. It breathed the story to life, put me on the journey, and had me connected to the characters as if I were the one living it. I was touched beyond belief and could not believe this was my first book by this author. Her storytelling was exceptionally stunning and one of the best in my opinion.
The romance itself was remarkable. Although the attraction was instant, their relationship took time to blossom. It was amazing watching these flawed characters building a powerful bond that endured everything. I loved the way they loved each other and admired the strengths and sacrifices they showed and did. While their love broke my heart, it always put a smile on my face.
“I believe in her, in that girl with the glasses too big for her face, and the way she loves me–completely, with everything that she is, without a single fear of being hurt.”
Last but not least, I loved the other elements in this story. First, the supporting characters were very few but memorable; they were all part of the story and the message presented. Second, there was no unnecessary drama with the main purpose just to prolong the story; everything was connected to the main one. Third, the ending was great with a powerful message about love and hope which I appreciated.
Overall, On The Way To You by Kandi Steiner is the book for everyone. While the romance is beautiful, the message is BEYOND it. It is perfect for romance and non-romance fans who are in the mood for an unputdownable, emotional story. Trust me; it is amazing.
“What makes you happy?”
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