Monday, August 8, 2011

Review: Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

There are two sides to every breakup.

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.


The first time I read the blurb, I knew I had to read this book.

Jordan and Courtney are a former couple who are now forced to travel together to their future college for orientation. Along the way, there's a lot of tension, hilarious moments and secrets that are revealed.

The story is told from both Courtney and Jordan's points-of-view, and the story jumps back and forth from the present to the start of their relationship and how it progressed. It's not as confusing as it sounds because each chapter is clearly labelled with who is speaking and when that chapter happened. I liked how believable Courtney and Jordan's "voices" were. They were teenagers and it shows, in a good way.

To my surprise, the book was actually pretty funny. I had assumed that it would be a drama type of YA book, but it's not as dramatic and as much of a tearjerker as I expected. It had its cute and sweet moments, though, and the resolution of the story was satisfactory, if not a little bit open-ended.

  1. Courtney and Jordan are interesting characters.
  2. Their love story is cute. :)
  3. It's a fun and easy summer read.
  1. The reason for Jordan breaking up with Courtney was kind of flimsy for me. I don't think that the breakup was necessary. Although, it could just be a way to show Jordan's immaturity.
  2. Courtney's dad was just a really weird, almost one-dimensional character for me.
  3. The plot is predictable.
"That was a booty call!" he can be like, “No, it wasn’t, we had breakfast.” Like a modified booty call. It’s probably the new trend in dating.
  • You're looking for an easy read.
  • You're not over your ex and you think he/she might still be into you too.
  • You're about to start college.



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