Monday, July 26, 2010

Two-way Street

Two-way Street
by Lauren Barnholdt
304 pages

Summary: What is possibly worse than your boyfriend dumping you for another girl? How about having to spend three days in the car with that ex-boyfriend as he drives you to college? Courtney is heartbroken when Jordan dumps her for some hussy he met on the internet, but she is horrified when her parents won’t let her back out of their planned road trip. Determined to not let it bother her, Courtney goes along on the trip. What she doesn’t know is that there is no hussy, Jordan made her up, and he still cares about her....a lot. This quirky road trip adventure highlights the ups and downs of relationships, the importance of forgiveness, and the often awkward hilariousness that comes from trying to hide your true feelings.

Review: Two Way Street is all over the place...literally. It’s told in alternating perspectives, from Jordan and Courtney both on the road trip and flashbacks from their relationship and their break-up. While this might instantly turn off some readers, I thought that Barnholdt did a good job of keeping it all together and felt this writing style added a lot of depth to a somewhat one dimensional story. The characters were a little stereotypical, and some readers might find it difficult to connect simply because the story jumps around so much. However, there were a lot of really great, funny and endearing moments that made this story an enjoyable read. Those who enjoy real-life fiction will find this fits in nicely.

Also by Lauren Barnholdt: Watch Me, Devon Delaney Should Totally Know Better, Aces Up, One Night That Changes Everything

If you liked Two Way Street, you might also enjoy: The Book of Luke by Jenny O’Connell, When it Happens by Susane Colasanti, Bloom by Elizabeth Scott and The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

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Rating: W2.5/4 C3/4 P3/4 O2/4 PP2.5/4 CR3/4 (I like the wrap around)
Grade: S


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