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Thursday, 28 February 2013

Review: Two Way Street

Author: Lauren Barnholdt

Release date: US 26th June 2007

Genre: Contemporary
Target audience: YA, 12+
Publisher: Simon Pulse


Two Way Street is a contemporary romance told through a dual narrative.

Courtney is desperate to get out of the road trip she had planned with her ex-boyfriend. Jordan broke up with her because he met a girl on Myspace or so he told Courtney (yes, this book needs updating to say Facebook). But in fact, Jordan’s keeping a painful secret from Courtney and he broke up with her to protect her. He starts out as the bad guy but he’s really the good guy. You know when you’re with the right person because they make you a better one. This was the case with Jordan and Courtney. Until they broke up and little white lies make things a whole lot more complicated.

The best thing about this novel is that you get to see the story from both Courtney and Jordan’s point of view. The story moves seamlessly between them and as the reader you can see how they misread the actions of the other.

Even though it’s about heartbreak, I found this book really amusing. Lloyd (Courtney’s childhood crush) is a caricature. B.J (Jordan’s best friend) is a lunatic. His relationship with Jocelyn (Courtney’s best friend) is pretty insane and all of the characters act irrationally because of love. It was full of melodrama but in the best possible way. I guess this is what they call “a situation comedy”.

The plot is fairly simple – a girl endures a road trip with her ex – but it really works well. You could say that not much happens on the road trip itself. They talk. They don’t talk. They answer their phones. They don’t answer their phones. They eat. They don’t eat. It’s really the before parts of the story that are interesting. The parts where they reveal how they met, how they fell in love, why they broke up – these are what bring the tension into the road trip.

This book is so easy it read. I felt like I speed read it but I hadn’t intended to. The book isn’t really weighed down with detail. We get the odd glimpse of Courtney through Jordan’s eyes and vice versa but other than that; it’s mostly dialogue and events unfolding in the past which affect the present. Two Way Street is a page-turner; I found it light and fluffy but also highly entertaining. If you enjoy contemporary YA romance, you’ll enjoy this.

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Source: Bought and read on my Kobo


So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I actually really enjoyed this when I read it a few years ago. I'm curious to re-read it and see if I agree with what you said about the humour and caricatures as I don;t really remember it that well.

Shweta said...

I loved the writing but the book didn't work much for me. Plot felt predictable though the alternate pov were very well written. Would have to read Lauren's other books to see how I like them

Sapir V said...

I've seen this book a couple of times before but I never thought about picking it up. Now I definitely want to read it!! I LOVE road trip books, especially ones that are told from two POVs. From your review it sounds like If I Stay - events unfolding in the past which affect the present.
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