What an awesome adventure. The Road To You by Marilyn Brant is a phenomenal young adult mystery set in the 70’s and I haven’t read anything like it before. I was trying to describe this book to my family shortly after I read it and found I couldn’t do it justice but kept telling them they should just read it. That is what I am telling you. Read it!
As I mentioned above, the book is set in the 70’s. I was born in the mid-70’s but know enough about the time period to be able to appreciate the 70’s tidbits such as the movie Grease coming out and some of the music referenced. Marilyn does a fantastic job with descriptions of the locations and the overall setting of the book. You feel like you are in the 70’s while reading this story. I love that the town I grew up in was mentioned in the book! I have yet to read another book that mentions it. I really, truly, enjoyed the entire road trip that Marilyn takes you on in The Road To You.
The story itself and characters are very well done. Seventeen year old Aurora is wise beyond her years but that knowledge is not always appreciated. She does manage to use her maturity to convince Donovan who is five years older than her to help find out what happened to both of their brothers, Gideon and Jeremy. She uncovers a journal that Gideon led her to with clues to figure out why the boys disappeared two years prior. It is a very complicated plot and I can’t even imagine how Marilyn came up with all of it. Reading it is easy though. I’m not very good at solving mysteries but I love reading them and following along with the characters as they figure them out.
Donovan and Aurora’s relationship changed along the way and not in a cheesy typical way, so it fit the book, the adventure and the characters perfectly. The Road To You is a mystery that will have you thinking about things as if the story were real. I went on a road trip shortly after I finished reading it and found myself thinking about the story as I passed landmarks or other travelers. If you like a good mystery, young adult books or road trips, I highly recommend The Road To You.
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About the Book:
A coming-of-age/new adult story with an edge of suspense that takes place along historic Route 66!
“Until I found Gideon’s journal in the tool shed—locked in the cedar box where I’d once hidden my old diary—I’d been led to believe my brother was dead. But the contents of his journal changed all that.”
The Road to Discovery…
Two years ago, Aurora Gray’s world turned upside down when her big brother Gideon and his best friend Jeremy disappeared. Now, during the summer of her 18th birthday, she unexpectedly finds her brother’s journal and sees that it’s been written in again. Recently. By him.
The Road to Danger…
There are secret messages coded within the journal’s pages. Aurora, who’s unusually perceptive and a natural puzzle solver, is hell bent on following where they lead, no matter what the cost. She confides in the only person she feels can help her interpret the clues: Donovan McCafferty, Jeremy’s older brother and a guy she’s always been drawn to—even against her better judgment.
The Road to You…
Reluctantly, Donovan agrees to go with her and, together, they set out on a road trip of discovery and danger, hoping to find their lost brothers and the answers to questions they’ve never dared to ask aloud.
“In that expectant space between silence and melody, our trip began…“