Review: Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Title: Two-Way Street
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Published: June 26, 2007
Pages: 308
Source: purchased

Amazon Summary: There’s two sides to every breakup - this is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But hey 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.

When purchasing this book I only read a sample of it (not even the description) and it interested me, even though I barely knew what it was about. The story will take you back and forth between the present day when Courtney and Jordan are already broken up and on the road - and the past from the day they first met and through a number of important events leading up to their breakup.

I wouldn’t say I liked the plot too much. It was simple, too specific, and narrow - I figured out the basic of it pretty fast. Luckily Barnholdt keeps the book entertaining and alive with entertaining dialogue.

The characters were pretty point-blank. I didn’t get attached to them at all but did enjoy Courtney who had quite humurous internal dialogues. I found her to be a sensible girl, with a good head on her shoulders.
Jordan I wasn’t a fan of, I have to say. He had an unattractive side of him. He was immature and unnecessarily extreme in his way of thinking.

I enjoyed the tense and funny dialogues between Courtney and Jordan but would’ve wanted to have more proof of them as in love and caring of with each other. I found that this story needed more tenderness and sweetness. I didn’t really see Courtney and Jordan as a couple, there wasn't enough to make me believe it.

What I liked the most was the just perfect pace of the story. It didn’t feel unrealistic with what occured while on the road and it never got boring. I would've wanted another chapter after the last one, to tie up loose ends and give the readers more resolution and closure to the story. I wasn't at peace where the story ended.


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