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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Title: Two-Way Street
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Published: June 2007
Source: Bought
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.

Two-Way Street was exactly what I was in the mood for when I read it: a fast, light romance. It was a perfect end of summer read because it's set at the end of summer, before the main characters college orientation. 

One thing that I absolutely loved about this book was the alternating POVs. We got Courtney's side, and then we got Jordan's side. I loved both of them. I also really liked how developed each of their best friends were. They had a lot of personality and added a lot of laughs to the book.

The book is divided not just by the POV of Courtney or Justin, but also by Before, During, and After the road trip. I really liked reading a chapter about how they got together, then reading one where they're on the road. That way the story slowly unraveled instead of it being chronological, and which you might think is confusing but it really isn't.

I guess that a complaint is that there wasn't much depth. Which in this case is good because I wasn't looking for much, but when compared to other books isn't a good thing.  I also thought that the writing was a bit cliched at parts.

Basically, I really liked it and recommend it if you're looking for something light, without much depth.

Characters: 9/10
Plot: 8/10
Originality: 8/10
Writing: 8/10
Ending: 10/10
Overall: 43/50 B
Cover Comments: I love this cover! I think that it conveys the tone of the book really well.


  1. Oh, this one sounds good! Excellent review :)

  2. I've just bought myself this one and I'm pleased you enjoyed it! Sounds really great and I can't wait for my copy to arrive!

  3. Oh, I remember this book, read it a while ago.
    Didn't like it, I had nightmares about the word HOOKUP for days, it's on, like, every page of the book, often more than once.

    But to each it's own, right?

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