Two-Way Street

Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Pages: 288
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): There are two sides to every breakup. 

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.

My Summary: Courtney has always been your basic straight-cut, goodie-two-shoes kinda girl: she gets good grades, never stays out late, and never associates with people she shouldn't be around (well, except for Blake in the tenth grade...). Jordan, on the other hand, is your typical party-all-night teenage guy. The only thing Courtney and Jordan have in common is a math class, a college acceptance ... and a future.

But when Jordan discovers a secret, things take a turn for the worst. Torn between protecting the only girl he's ever loved and telling her the truth, Jordan does the only thing he can think of: he breaks up with Courtney, telling her he met someone else online.

Which would have been a great way to end a relationship - except Court and Jordan made the mistake of planning to drive to college together before their break-up, and it's too late to change plans. Now, with nothing to do but talk for the next 3 days, Jordan's resigned to get back together with Court no matter what it takes... but will she be able to forgive him for what he's done?

My Thoughts: This novel was just what I needed to get out of my reading funk. It was funny, witty, and the characters were extremely genuine. More than once, I found myself laughing out loud at passages, and the way the author portrayed the way girls and guys plan mind games with one another is embarrassingly accurate. I loved Courtney and Jordan's interactions, and the way the author started the story from both ends - the beginning and right before the conclusion, having them meet in the middle - pulled me into the story and didn't let me go without finishing it. I also really liked the changes in point of view, because we got to see every part of the story from each character's eyes.  

And I really, really hate Court's dad... just had to get that out there.

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this novel to anyone looking for a great summer read, and to fans of the book Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

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