Saturday, February 4, 2012

Review: Two Way Street - Lauren Barnholdt

Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 26, 2007
Pages: 288
Read in: 2 days

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.

 D, A, & P's Review:

Oh, boy. Can't you just smell the drama oozing out of this novel?! A road trip with an ex-boyfriend, to a college, you will BOTH be attending.

Courtney is described as an average teenage girl, who is going through an awkward breakup with her ex-boyfriend, Jordan.

The book begins with the preparation for a road trip. The one that will take Jordan and Courtney to their college orientation at the Boston University. Jordan and Courtney were a couple, who were very much in love. That all changes, when Jordan breaks up with Courtney, for a girl he met on MySpace. Courtney is still getting over the break up, when the road trip that was planned long before comes up.

The road trip and the events leading to their break up are told in alternating perspectives. As what they once were, turns into what they can be; it is clear that the MySpace girl isn't the only thing keeping Jordan and Courtney apart.

We found that the drama-filled book we expected was actually just a comedic romance story. Though appealing, we were a bit disappointed. It was pretty easy to find out the real reason behind their breakup, with in the first few chapters. We thought maybe the author should've buried the answer a little bit deeper in the book, but still made it apparent that there was something going on between Jordan and Courtney's dad. What really made the book worth our while, were the efforts Courtney and Jordan made to prove that they didn't have feelings for one another. Clearly failing, they were able to make us laugh out loud a few more times than many.

Although we hoped for more, "Two Way Street" still met our expectations.


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