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.
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?"
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!