Thursday, June 5, 2014

Review: Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Review: Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
Genre: YA
Warnings: Some mature themes
Buy: Amazon

Summary: This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They're even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.
Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet.
It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care.
But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.
Turns out, he's got a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

I cannot say enough good things about this book. I picked it up one night and decided to give it a shot, and I fell totally in love with it. It follows a dual point of view: ex-couple Courtney and Jordan. Courtney is the kind of girl that likes to stick to her agenda, always on time and not a hair out of place, whereas Jordan’s a very laid-back, chill type of dude who doesn’t care about a lot of things. Jordan broke Courtney’s heart when he dumped her for a girl he met on MySpace (this book is from 2007). But everything is not what it seems.
This book was so, so cute. It contained a lot of flashbacks—but it was always fun to see how the couple got together and how their relationship went before they broke up. The characters were very likeable and whole, and they complemented each other beautifully. I loved the humor these characters brought to the book, they both had a great sense of humor and great voices that had me chuckling throughout the story. This sense of humor allowed for a very smooth flow of prose and engaging reading. I read this over the span of two days, and in the time between I constantly wondered what was going to happen next and I wanted to get home so I could finish it. Overall, this is a great summer read about love and the things one is capable of doing to protect someone they love, and I highly recommend it.
I gave this book a 4/5 stars on goodreads.

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