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Monday, July 1, 2013

Review: Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, New Adult, Review, Young Adult2 Comments

Review: Two-Way Street by Lauren BarnholdtTwo-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
Series: Two-Way Street,
Also in this series: Right of Way
Published by Simon Pulse on 26 June 2007
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Love & Romance, New Adult, People & Places, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Through to You, Right of Way

Place(s) Traveled to: Unnamed, Florida // Boston, MA

First Line: I’m a traitor to my generation.

Well, dear readers it shouldn’t surprise you what initially drew me to Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt because this, my friends, is a road trip book. I adore road trip books with a passion that is probably a tad bit unhealthy. They feed my wanderlust and let me “travel” to multiple places in a short amount of time. I love all the random crazy things that happen on a road trip and its always just such a fun experience. So, its with a heavy heart that I saw that Two-Way Street fails at being a road trip book. Or at least, how I like my road trip books to be.

There are no crazy side trips. There are no fun adventures. There is also very little description of any of the stops that Courtney and Jordan make along the way. Its all quite disappointing. Oh there is talk of them in hotels and on the road but you never get a sense for where they are. And that makes me sad because the journey is what makes a road trip book. Now, there is a journey in Two-Way Street but its more of internal one that the two main characters take as they drive from Florida to Boston in order to start school.

Courtney and Jordan used to date until one day Jordan breaks things off unexpectedly. So there is lots of tension in the car at the start of this trip. Courtney is pissed and Jordan is so obviously hiding something. As this story is told in the present and the past its not long before the reader is aware of what this secret of Jordan’s is. When you do your heart breaks a little for his situation. While so much could have been avoided by simple communication its not all that easy in this case. Jordan is walking a very fine line and I can totally understand why he made the choices that he did.

Also, once you know the why it becomes a bit harder to sympathize with Courtney as her attitude just makes her a tad bit unlikable. I liked past Courtney but future Courtney is a bit hard to take. But her actions are also totally realistic so I can’t hold her bitchiness against her…much. Two-Way Street is very much a character driven novel and its one where I was really glad that it was told from both Courtney and Jordan’s perspectives. This alternative POV telling adds a bit of depth that would be severely lacking if this was a one-sided story.

Two-Way Street is a quick, fast-paced story that I read in just a few hours. Its easy to get lots in this book and its one that I would consider to be a brain candy read. Its a lazy day book, or one for a rainy day, or a day at the beach. Its not a book you pick up if you want something serious and that’s not a bad thing. This isn’t a book that I’ll bully people for but I don’t feel like I wasted my time reading it. Its a cute story even though its a predictable one. This was my first Lauren Barnholdt book but it probably won’t be my last. After all, Two-Way Street does have a companion story…which sounds an awful lot like this one so I will probably wait to read that one.


2 Responses to “Review: Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt”

  1. BookChic

    I have yet to read this one but bought it the day it came out because I was friends with Lauren at the time (we met when her debut “Reality Chick”, now “Watch Me”, was about to come out). I’ve been such a bad fanboy though- have only read two of her already many books!

    Anyway, wonderful review- I might have to dig this one up. 🙂

  2. Vivien

    Right of Way is definitely similar to the style of this book. I did end up enjoying it more, but for me, it’s because I fell for the male lead in that one. I still really liked this one though. And usually I am with you on needing more ‘world building’ I guess you could say. For some reason, the internal journey was refreshing and so realistic that it made up for any qualms I had. I might just be on a contemporary kick because it seems to be all I’ve been enjoying. The characters can be whiny and frustrating but for me, it only made me enjoy it more. Jeez, this comment got huge.