Review: Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Published June 26, 2007

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.

Two Way Street was a spontaneous read for me, I was in the mood for a funny romance and had heard that this book offered that. I wasn't expecting much out of it so I was greatly surprised by how quickly I fell in love with it. I read it in only one sitting and it's now one of my favorites.

Lauren Barnholdt does an amazing job capturing the life of teenagers, it's realistic and easy to relate to. There's the pressures of friends, relationship issues and family problems. She did an incredible job at both Courtney and Jordan's voices, I felt like I got to know them so well throughout the book.

My favorite part of Two Way Street was that I was put into both Courtney and Jordan's heads, getting to see each side of the break up. The story took place in present time (the road trip) and also had clear flashbacks to the events leading up to the break up.

Both of the main characters are extremely lovable and flat out hilarious. So many times while reading I found my self busting out with laughter due to witty things they had say. I loved how uptight and bitter Courtney was to Jordan. It was hilarious, but most of all realistic. As the story goes on you get to learn so much about Jordan that made me fall in love with him, he is such a sweetheart.

The ending was everything I could have asked for. It tied up all the loose ends and left us knowing how our two main characters stood relationship wise. Yes, it was a little predictable, but still amazing just the same.

Awesome Quote:
The is why I've never had a boyfriend. Because while other girls are wearing halter tops and leaving flirtatious messages on people's MySpace profiles, I'm coming up with such gems as "So, uh, what are you doing?"

Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 4/5
Voice: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

Two Way Street is a fast read romance about getting to see both sides of a break-up. It's laugh out loud hilarious and stays true to real life. It takes a lot for me to read a book all at once, so needless to say this is definitely being added to my favorites list. This is my first Lauren Barnholdt book and I've already fallen in love with her writing and will definitely be reading much more from her!



  1. Wow !! That sounds really awesome Katie !! I definitely have to order this one as soon as possible !! Thanks for the review !

  2. I hadn't heard of this prior to reading your review. I think it sounds fantastic. I am totally adding it to my TBR pile! :)

  3. I love Lauren Barnholdt's books. And this one is one of my favorite books. So glad you liked it!

    (Also, while not AS great as Two Way Street, I highly recommend One Night That Changes Everything. Really good!)

  4. Awww, this book sounds really interesting. Seems like one of those books which sneak up on you with how good they can be ^.^

    Sniffly Kitty
    Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books

  5. @Katie (Bookishly Yours) I agree with you verbatim! :)

    AAAAHHHHH! KATIE! WOW! That was fast! You finished it already?! SQUEE! It's totally amazing and awesome!

    *SIGH* Courtney and Jordan are . . . *SIGH* So true, the witty things they said totally had ME ROLFMAO! *___*

    My favorite quote: *runs to room to pick-up book . . . OKAY! I can't find it! RUNS to Goodreads! ARGH! Can't find it there either! GOOGLE - you better find it for me! WOW! This is more difficult than I thought, but I finally found it!*

    "'Are you flirting with me?' I ask.
    'No.' She looks shocked and moves back to her side of the car. 'Not even.'
    'You totally were.'
    'Sweetie,' she says, turning to look at me. 'If I were flirting with you, you'd know it.'
    She raises her eyebrows at me, and I realize she's probably telling the truth. If she were flirting with me, I'd probably know it. I'm also really, really turned on."

    AHAHAHAHA! Just one of my faves! I have plenty more! :) Oh yeah, BTW - AWESOME review!

  6. Great review! Glad u luvrd this book as much as I did! <3 Laurens books!