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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Review: Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Released: June 26, 2007
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rated: YA
Buy: Amazon
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.

What I thought

I liked this one, but I had hoped for a little more from it. I really liked the aspect of the story though. Jordan has broken up with Courtney, although not for the reason he actually told her. And we don't get to find out until about halfway through. I liked the suspense of seeing the narration jump from Courtney to Jordan from the day of the trip to the moment they met counting down to the breakup.

The only thing that kept pulling it down was the characters. I rooted for them both, because they were still so obviously into each other but not wanting the other to know. But it was some of the antics that they pulled that I didn't care for. But it wasn't enough for me to put the book down or to hate it.

More and more I'm seeing endings in YA that are so abrupt that I secretly wonder if I'm missing part of a book I've paid for. But it seems to be a growing trend and I don't think I care for it.

My Rating

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1 comment:

Angel (Mermaid Vision Books) said...

I love this book, though I would be the first to admit that it's nothing spectacular. I love Jordan and Courtney, so it was worth reading the novel for them alone.

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