Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
Publication Date: 1/27/2007
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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. Courtneyâ€™s trying to pretend she doesnâ€™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 Iâ€™ve read, Iâ€™d rank this one in between Sometimes It Happens (which I loved) and One Night That Changes EverythingÂ (superficial bordering on ridiculous). You canâ€™t deny the chemistry between Courtney and Jordan, who couldnâ€™t be more different. Courtneyâ€™s sort of a â€œgoodie two-shoesâ€ (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 Iâ€™ve read where we get just as much of the guyâ€™s perspective as we do the girlâ€™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 didnâ€™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 isnâ€™t revolutionary but I found that very funny.
Be prepared because this bookâ€™s driving force is miscommunication, but for some reason, it didnâ€™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 donâ€™t want to give too much away, but REALLY? I guessed Jordanâ€™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 thatâ€™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!