Sunday, July 18, 2010

Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Summary: (from back of book) 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.
Review: This book was just OK. I expected this story to be a little more of a dramatic love story than the cute, light read that it was. Don't get me wrong there was definitely some drama going on, but it just seemed really unexciting. The idea of going on a road trip with your ex should have been wildly dramatic and maybe even funny. But, it just fell kind of flat. I mean personally I didn't think Jordan's secret was worth all the trouble. It was the premise of the whole story and since the story alternates between Courtney and Jordan's points of view readers know about it way before Courtney does so it even loses the element of surprise. Jordan should have just told Courtney as soon as he found out. I also didn't really understand why he had to break up with her about it.
  The characters in this story were really annoying. Both Jordan and Courtney were really immature throughout the book. There were a few points in this story where they were both being really stupid. They both needed to grow up a little and deal with their problems. I didn't really feel a connection with any of the characters in this book and that was really disappointing.
  Despite all of that there were a few things I did like about it. First of all, I liked the fact that parts of the book took place in the past during the time when they were still dating. It was fun to find out more about their relationship and how it progressed. Another thing I liked was the road trip. Road trips in themselves are always entertaining. Even though this one was full of unnecessary drama, it was an element of the story that I liked.
  So, I'll say you should pick this one up if your in for a light read if your looking for something more intense then don't bother.

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