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Estelle: Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Two-Way Street by Lauren BarnholdtTwo-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
Publication Date: 1/27/2007
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 288
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: road trips, ex-relationships
Format read: Borrowed from library.

Summary: Two weeks after Jordan dumps Courtney, they are due to drive to college on a road trip the two had planned beforehand. Courtney’s trying to pretend she doesn’t care about him anymore, and Jordan is crazy from hanging on to his own secrets. Will these two make it to Boston in one piece?

A fast paced read about two exes on a road trip to college together! What could be more deliciously disastrous?!

As the third Lauren Barnholdt book that I’ve read, I’d rank this one in between Sometimes It Happens (which I loved) and One Night That Changes Everything (superficial bordering on ridiculous). You can’t deny the chemistry between Courtney and Jordan, who couldn’t be more different. Courtney’s sort of a “goodie two-shoes” (I could relate) and Jordan is a former playboy, a fan of rap music and good looking ladies.

We get a taste of their current situation (not good) and the backstory of their meeting (interesting). Barnholdt did a great job of weaving the stories in and out and having them meet in the middle. This is one of the rare YAs I’ve read where we get just as much of the guy’s perspective as we do the girl’s. And I liked that. Dare I say, I liked Jordan as a character so much more. He may be a total flirt and lover of cheerleaders but I liked discovering his softer side, a side it seems that he didn’t even know he possessed.

Barnholdt also used a great comedic technique a few times where the character would think one thing, and then express that same exact thought out loud. It seems simple and isn’t revolutionary but I found that very funny.

Be prepared because this book’s driving force is miscommunication, but for some reason, it didn’t aggravate me as it would in some other books. What did bug me was the reveal of a certain secret WAY too early in the story. I don’t want to give too much away, but REALLY? I guessed Jordan’s secret way before I had to and I wish the author would have trusted her readers a little bit more.

Two-Way Street may not be life altering, and that’s okay. It is the perfect escape from a hectic day at work, or even a great way to enjoy a weekend in the sunshine.

Psst. Lauren Barnholdt’s companion to this book, Right of Way, comes out on July 9!

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June 27, 2013 - 9:03 am

YA Review: Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt - […] qualities when it came to Peyton and Jace, the story was just too much of a mirror of the earlier Two-Way Street and seemed a bit under developed. Peyton feels utterly betrayed by her mother and needs to get away […]

June 13, 2013 - 12:16 am

tabithasbookblog - You’re right! This is the perfect book for when you want to escape for the day. And the miscommunication was actually something that didn’t bother me either! I think it made the story better, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Right of Way!

June 11, 2013 - 9:10 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Oh wow! I have yet to read a book where the character shares my first name, which is surprising given my name isn’t that rare. I might just have to give this one a try because I’m sure it’s all sorts of drama and awkwardness with two exes stuck in a car together. I’m glad you liked it, Estelle! 😀 Great review!

June 11, 2013 - 12:23 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Road trip books are the best! Glad you enjoyed this one. I have this one and the companion book but haven’t checked out Sometimes it Happens yet.

June 11, 2013 - 6:16 am

Lori - I’ve had this book on my Kindle for years. I think it was one of the first books I bought when I got my Kindle…and I still haven’t read it. Maybe I should change that? 🙂

June 11, 2013 - 3:07 am

Jasmine @ Flip That Page - I loved this book! It wasn’t one of the best titles I’ve come across, but I could totally relate to Courtney, but I loved how Jordan had a bad boy side that didn’t annoy me as much as other bad boys would. And his sweeter side was romantic, and more appealing. Great review! 🙂

June 10, 2013 - 5:17 pm

Alexa Y. - This is probably the type of contemporary novel that would be a break for me between fantasies and dystopians and the like. It does sound fun though, and I particularly like that it involves a road trip!

June 10, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I think this is a perfect kind of read for a nice day outside. It IS summer after all! *throws confetti* (Can you tell that I’m still excited by this fact?!) But, ahem, even if it wasn’t revolutionary and a big secret was revealed early on, it seems like the characters are seriously fantastic, and that makes this book worth it.

Lovely review, Estelle! <3

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

June 10, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - I read this book a few years ago and enjoyed it. I do remember getting frustrated a couple times though. I had no idea she wrote a companion novel! I’ll definitely be reading it! Great review

-Taylor @ Reading is the Thing

June 10, 2013 - 10:57 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - I love this book! I related to Courtney too but I really loved Jordan. I loved when his softer side would unexpectedly come out. I actually didn’t see the twist coming but I can see how it might’ve been revealed a bit early. Such a fun book 🙂

June 10, 2013 - 9:55 am

Tara - I can’t imagine going on a road trip with an ex. I have a feeling one of us wouldn’t make it out alive…

June 10, 2013 - 9:24 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I was more of a fan of Jordan’s character, too. I read this book before my days of blogging & remembered loving it so much. I wonder if I’d feel the same if I picked it up now. I tried to read Right of Way & it did not work for me — maybe that’s a sign? haha

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