The Map to You - Rachel Stockbridge
This is my review for The Map to You by Rachel Stockbridge. It is set to be published on January 25, 2022. I rated it four stars, and think it is definitely worth the read.
The book is about two girls who are both desperately in love with each other, Kinsey and Sasha. One always falls hard for the girls she can't get, and she seems to think this is the case again. The other seems a bit grumpy to the outside world and, even though she is crushing hard on Sasha, she thinks Sasha deserves better. But then Kinsey experiences a family emergency and Sasha is there to help her through it. Will they grow closer or stay at arm's length to make sure they won't lose each other forever.
Officially this book is part of a series, but trust me, you can definitely read this as a standalone. The characters are different from the first book!
That being said, I can tell you that I really liked this book. It was really good and entertaining. It was a book that was fun and a pretty quick read. In the way, that it is not a difficult book to understand. It’s a book I would read if I needed a break from studying or my head was just overflowing. The book is fun, a bit cheesy, and so sweet. It’s a love story, but so much more than that. It’s about friendship, family, trust.
This immediately leads me to the second thing I loved about this book, the characters. Sasha, being a bit grumpy and thinking no one likes her because of that, and Sasha feeling like she can’t share her issues with others. They both are made to be seen as very realistic characters, having their issues and insecurities. Their chemistry is adorable, and I immediately wanted them to get together. The mental struggles Sasha is going through are relatable to everyone to some degree, at least I think so.
The story moves smoothly, there are no questions left unanswered and everything develops at the right pace. The girls get closer and their story gets entangled more and more. You just start rooting for them. There were so many cute moments that made my heart flutter and feel all warm and happy. Of course, there also were moments that I wanted to scream at Sasha and Kinsey: “These two idiots, why don’t they see it!”. In a good way of course.
The reason I’m giving it four stars though is that I had some trouble getting through the middle part of the book. It failed to grab my attention and keep me interested. I would read a few pages and then I would want to do something else again. When I was at the 70 percent mark of the book I got into it again and finished it in one go. But that is why I can’t say this is the perfect book.